Friday, November 6, 2009

Goa in Lisbon Thanks Vasco da Gama for discovering Goa in 16th Century

Vasco da Gama lands at Calicut, May 20, 1498.Image via Wikipedia

Makes my mouth water even reading about it. Just chatting to toni of http://www.navi360.com and making him want to eat there too. I would let you buy me lunch there but you're on the other side of the pond darling - but it's the thought that counts!
Restaurant ‘The Temptations of Goa’: delicious fusion of Indian and Portuguese
Lisbon Tentacoes Goa food7
Lisbon Tentacoes Goa food3
Camarão rechado (Prawn Massala 13,50 euro), small bottle of white wine 7.50
lunch from 12:00, dinner from 19:00 – 22:00. Closed on Sundays and Holidays. It is advised to make reservations! Vegetarian friendly. Call (00351) 218875824, Tlm: (00351) 914 814 043. TentaçõesdeGoa@hotmail.com
Lisbon Tentacoes Goa Entree Rua Pedro Martir 23
History: Goa, visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year, is India’s smallest state, located on the west coast of India. Vasco da Gama is the largest city, named after the Portuguese explorer. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the influence of Portuguese culture, who first landed in the early 16th century as merchants, and conquered it soon thereafter. The Portuguese overseas territory existed for about 450 years, until it was annexed by India in 1961.
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located in a  narrow alley, a little bit hidden in Lisbon’s old neighbourhood of Mouraria (near Praça Martim Moniz)

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Alto Alentejo Beyond Lisbon - Ducal Palace

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Home of dukes, saints and a of line Portuguese Kings.
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The grand town square in Vila Viçosa.

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Alto Alentejo Beyond Lisbon Keeps the Cork in your Bottle!

It takes 9 years for the bark on a Cork Oak tree to be just the right size to cork your bottle of wine. Pop a cork on a good wine this weekend and think of where it comes from. Portugal is waiting for you visit.
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The Alto Alentejo is carpeted with cork oaks and olive trees.

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Alto Alentejo Bird watchers Delight

Portugal's Eastern secret paradise.
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The Casa da Ermida de Santa Catarina, a seven-room inn overlooking the Caia Reservoir. The area is a hub for birdwatchers.

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Alto Alentejo Beyond Lisbon to the East

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Cobblestone streets in Castelo de Vide weave past homes and churches.

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Beyond Lisbon, Beyond the Tagus

For the epicures who have flocked to Alentejo in recent years, the region’s top draw is its cuisine. Its basic elements are wheat, olive oil, pork and certain fish, like cod, which the locals fry, bake and infuse with garlic and herbs in various glorious ways. Lamb and duck make luxurious appearances.

Aromatic cheeses range from the firm, nutty Nisa to the runny, fragrant Queijo da Serras. The regional wines can be sophisticated and interesting, from the robust reds of the Quinta do Carmo, jointly owned by the Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), to lighter wines made from local trincadeira grapes.

Classics include queijo de Ovelha (an orange-crusted round of gooey sheep’s milk cheese), pato em molho de vinho tinto (duck in red wine sauce) and migas a Alentejana (fried pork with bread soaked in pork fat).
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Alto Alentejo, Unsung but Not for Long


Compared with Spain, this place was even more charming, beautiful and about a third less expensive
the Alto Alentejo, a border province carpeted with cork oaks and olive trees in southeastern Portugal, emerge as a stylish backwater. The region’s name is derived from “Além-Tejo,” which means “beyond the Tagus,” the river that flows past Lisbon. A new blacktop highway now stretches eastward from Lisbon, and within an hour you’re admiring vineyards, the occasional whitewashed town or castle and gently rolling plains.
There is no shortage of historic sites in Alto Alentejo and one of the most beautiful is Marvão, a walled town that sits on a narrow spit of rock overlooking the rugged plains that reach across into Spain. Marvão is home to perfectly restored, whitewashed houses and a castle built in the ninth century as a Moorish fortification by Ibn Marwan.
Old guys in snap caps and corduroys tip their hats to strangers.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Portugal is One of the World's Top 10 Countries to Visit in 2010

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Meanwhile, in other parts of Portugal, something decidedly more modern is transpiring. Old city centres are slowly being revitalised. A new wave of boutiques, art galleries and cafes are finding new homes in once crumbling old buildings. Photo: Greg Elms/Lonely Planet
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Meanwhile, in other parts of Portugal, something decidedly more modern is transpiring. Old city centres are slowly being revitalised. A new wave of boutiques, art galleries and cafes are finding new homes in once crumbling old buildings. <em>Photo: Greg Elms/Lonely Planet </em>

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Portugal - Best in Travel One of Worlds Top 10 Countiries to Visit in 2010

PORTUGAL. For purists, this is a land of great tradition, of saints-day festivals where ox-drawn carts still lumber through flower-strewn streets, and ancient vineyards bring sleepy medieval villages to life during the annual harvest. Photo: Paul Bernhardt/Lonely Planet
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Top 10 hottest destinations for 2010
PORTUGAL. For purists, this is a land of great tradition, of saints-day festivals where ox-drawn carts still lumber through flower-strewn streets, and ancient vineyards bring sleepy medieval villages to life during the annual harvest.  <em>Photo: Paul Bernhardt/Lonely Planet</em>

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Take the Lisbon 28 Tram

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You reach central Lisbon at the smart Chiado district, glimpses of the steely Tagus flashing into view between the terracotta roof tiles and church spires. Suddenly you pitch steeply downhill, the tram hissing and straining against the gradients of Rua Vitor Cordon, before veering into the historic downtown Baixa district. Shoppers pile in and it's standing room only for newcomers, but those already seated can admire the row of traditional shops selling sequins and beads along Rua da Conceicao through the open windows.
Now you climb past Lisbon's ancient cathedral and skirt the hilltop castle, the vistas across the Tagus estuary below truly dazzling. The best bit of the ride is yet to come though, a weaving, grinding climb through the Alfama district, Lisbon's village-within-a-city where most roads are too narrow for cars. Entering Rua das Escolas Gerais, the street is just over tram width, its shopfronts so close that you can almost lean out and take a tin of sardines off the shelves

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