Monthly Archives: April 2013


I call her Rosa, probably because of the flower on her skirt, and she lives on top of my chest of drawers in my bedroom next to my bottles of perfume and knick-knacks. My twelve-year-old daughter thinks she’s a little … Continue reading

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Fifty Shades of Brown

It doesn’t get much sexier than this! I first came across Ecolã a few years ago, on a visit to the Feira do Artesanato, a portuguese arts and crafts fair, that takes place every summer in Estoril near Lisbon. The small family business makes … Continue reading

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Fado in Camden

Very enjoyable evening with my other half and friends at a packed Green Note in Camden listening to Claudia Aurora sing fado. She has a lovely voice and performed a mixture of traditional songs and her own material. She has … Continue reading

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Flirting with Fado

Ok, so a lot of my english friends really don’t know much about Portugal beyond the fact that it has some pretty great beaches. But when it comes to fado music, I’m always surprised by how many people seem to know … Continue reading

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The History of Portugal in an Object

Ok, so I’ve gone back in time a few centuries, but I’ve never seen anything quite like the Custódia de Belém. This religious object has an ethereal beauty which really did take my breath away the first time I saw it. Made from … Continue reading

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