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I hope that the recent rainfall and slight drop in temperatures in some parts of the country are the signs that the heat wave we have experienced is nearly at an end – but I am not that optimistic...

Childe Harold is the subject of one of Byron’s most famous poems. His pilgrimage of self-discovery commenced when he first saw a distant view of Lisbon from the River Tagus. He goes onto...

Welcome to the September night sky. This month, most of the exciting planetary action takes place in the pre-dawn sky over in the east. You must be up at least one hour before sunrise to see the...

Leaving from Sintra, Lord Byron must have experienced a great sense of anticipation on his way to Mafra. The complex of Baroque buildings was intended to be the envy of all Europe. Completed 70...

We first met the then four members of the Lacerda Quartet (Alexander Stewart, Regina Aires, Alexandre Delgado and Luís André Ferreira) at the home of Dutch sculptor Lukas van Blaaderen.

A...

If I were to ask you if you had heard of GIPS, my guess is that most people in the foreign community would say “no”.

However, this elite unit of the Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR)...

It was with a degree of urgency that the young Lord, aged 22, left England for Lisbon in July 1809. He was a relatively unknown poet and recent graduate from Cambridge University but his intimate...

Welcome to the August night sky. This month is not so good for observing planets as only Saturn is easily visible low in the south during the early evenings. Saturn is in the constellation of...

It was a sultry July evening in Lisbon when outside the theatre Lord Byron was castigated by an irate husband. The man was not the first and would not be the last to be cuckolded by the young and...

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