Category Archives: Portugal

Monte Palace Tropical Garden Madeira

  On our recent family holiday to the gorgeous Portuguese island of Madeira we walked around Monte Palace Tropical Garden, reckoned to be one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. Madeira’s southerly location (same latitude as Marrakesh), … Continue reading

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A Stroll Around Lisbon

While flying back from the Azores to Malaysia last month I stopped over in Lisbon for 36 hours.  My previous visit to Lisbon was over 25 years ago and I had forgotten how beautiful the city was, especially on a gorgeous … Continue reading

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Museu do Oriente, Lisbon

While in Lisbon recently I wanted to visit the Museu do Oriente, a museum dedicated to the Portuguese presence in Asia. Portugal’s principal possessions in Asia comprised Goa, Malacca, East Timor and Macau together with a trading post in Nagasaki, … Continue reading

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Pico Island, Azores

Pico Island was the third and final island visited during my recent trip to the Azores. We went for a half day trip by ferry from Horta to Madalena, the main town of Pico. The ferry journey took about 30 … Continue reading

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Faial Island, Azores

The second island visited on our Azores trip was Faial which is a 50 minute flight westwards from São Miguel. It’s a small island with an area of around 170 sq km and a population of just 15,000. We stayed … Continue reading

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São Miguel Island, Azores

The Azores are a group of nine islands in the Atlantic Ocean. They are administered as an autonomous region of Portugal and the regional capital is Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel which is about 1500km west of … Continue reading

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