The last harbor

Just honest grilled fish to die for.

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The existence of one of Lisbon’s best fish restaurants has been a closely guarded secret for more than half a century. Its name is “Último Porto” (the last harbor). Now that the secret is out, we might as well confess everything.

The restaurant is tucked away in the corner of one of Lisbon’s harbors (Rocha do Conde de Óbidos). It is not a glamorous place. But for fish lovers it is heaven.

There are tables inside and an esplanade surrounded by containers that is very pleasant when the weather is warm. It is easy to park and the walk to the restaurant is beautiful with the river in front of us and the city on our back.

“Último Porto” opens only for lunch and it is always full of locals. Grilled fish is the main event and the stars of the show are the “salmonetes” (mullets). Their skins are colored with yellow and…

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Holidays to Portugal Algarve, what else?

Where do Portuguese people go on their summer holidays?

 Are you on holidays in Portugal and would like to know more about Portuguese culture?  If so, continue on reading  this article, we will show you a spot… a region is chosen by Portuguese as their favorite spot to go on  their summer holidays. Well… actually, in order to answer this question, we have a handful of options along a Portuguese coast full of beaches. But when you are either with family or friends the south coast and, more specifically, the Algarve, are the top Portuguese choices. On this post, we are going to focus ourselves on a marvelous place for beach holidays which is called Tavira and Cabanas de Tavira in the Algarve´s region. Here you have beautiful and natural landscapes. You can just simply wake up, go for a walk, catch the boat and end in a quite beautiful beach landscape, surrounded by a warm and calm sea. 

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Tavira is a fishery village, where you can appreciate good fish dishes like tuna, fish on coal, sea fish, and octopus. Imagine yourself after a morning in the amazing Cabanas island beach, looking for a restaurant to lunch. Don´t go at lunchtime to the beach, Portuguese sun can be blazing hot. Take a short pause from the beach and just go appreciate Portuguese flavors, little big plates of heaven.  We advise you tasting some “cadelinhas” as shown in a picture further below, but you could also appreciate a simple fish made on carvon with a light salad. It’s simple perfect. Sardines, for example, are to be eaten in the months without an “R”.  May, June, and July are good months for it. Give it a try. Together with a glass of green wine. It will be perfect! You’ll see!

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After this, relax a little bit in the shadow reading a book or just simply go around the village. There are many local products and traditions to be discovered.  Embroidery, cane baskets, ceramics, honey, cheese, or seeing how brandy is made are ancient activities from the municipality which you could have pleasure knowing them.

After 4pm you could go back to the beach and enjoy  the rest of the afternoon ending lying down on the beach or just playing with your kids on the beach. Both adults and children will love this programme.

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Street Art In Lisbon -Portuguese Pavement

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Street Art In Lisbon  – Portuguese Pavement

“Where utility ends and decoration begins is perfection.” Jack Gardner

If you read my blog, you know I am a fan of street art. Lisbon is no exception. There is very interesting urban art but there is  also calcada portuguesa .They are street tiles painstakingly laid down by hand in a variety of mosaic patterns throughout the city. It started in the mid nineteenth century and can be seen in the historic parts of Lisbon.











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Sacred Art Inspired by Portugal

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Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour

May 26 – September 11, 2016 

Art inspired in Portugal and Europe – made in Asia and sent back again.


This ‘Nanban‘ hanging oratory above is a piece of delicate beauty and of great historical and cultural value for representing the meeting of two peoples geographically so far apart as they are in their cultures, their customs, and religions: Portugal and Japan. Lent by 

This exhibition examines the spread of Christianity through the Asian continent from the 13th through the 20th century, with a special focus on the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, when significant trade and missionary activity occurred. Asian Christian art reveals remarkable cross-cultural connections because it often combines Western ideas with Asian materials and artistic techniques. As the religion spread, local artists re-interpreted well-established Christian themes.

The Asian Civilisations Museum is collaborating with museums and private collections in Portugal, France, Italy, the Philippines, and Hong Kong to bring stunning works of art to Singapore, many for the first time.


Ivories carved in Goa from African Elephants then sent back to Europe.


Hail Mary Bowl


A piece of porcelain of China, Ming Dynasty, with the symbol of the society of Jesus and the arms of Portugal.



A piece of furniture made in the seventeenth century produced in the region of Sindh, India, with the symbolism of the order of the Dominicans.



A piece of Chinese porcelain of China, Ming Dynasty, with symbols of the passion of Christ. Lent from the House Museum Medeiros e Almeida




A Portugues Saucy World Traveller, Piripiri.

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Mary H Goudie‘s insight:
Piri Piri the Portuguese influenced well travelled hot hot hot sauce. Time to light up your mouth with flavour.

The Piri Piri chili pepper is an integral part of Portuguese gastronomy. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite places to enjoy it in its various forms.

The small, spicy Piri Piri, or African bird’s eye chili, is one of Portuguese cuisine’s most unexpected ingredients, one that has travelled thousands of miles across many continents to find its place there. When the Portuguese began navigating around the globe as early as the 15th century, spices like black pepper and cinnamon became some of the most important and expensive goods on the market. Piripiri didn’t reach quite the same renown, but they have influenced many cuisines in their travels East. Initially, they were taken from Brazil to Africa, where they thrived. After Vasco da Gama established the maritime route to India, the Portuguese introduced the peppers to Asia, namely India, Thailand and Malaysia. For over a century, Lisbon remained the most important Western capital in the spice trade.

Nuno Mendes

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Can’t wait till home boy Nuno Mendes does his show cooking at the big Lisbon fish fest event Peixe em Lisboa 7 -17 April 2016. Now what will he bring in a ‘coals to Newcastle’ display in front of a bevy of Portuguese Chefs and the Lisbon foodies on the 14 April.

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One of the most acclaimed Portuguese Chefs with an impressively successful international career, Nuno Mendes has worked with some of the top chefs in the world – from elBulli’s Ferran Adrià to Wolfgang Puck – and, since he moved to London 10 years ago, that his restaurants Bacchus, the Loft and o Viajante have been among the most sought after in the city. Right now, although he spends most of his time at his Taberna do Mercado, in Old Spitafields Market, he is also the head Chef at Chiltern Firehouse, one of London’s hottest venues where it’s almost impossible to get a table and has some of the biggest names in music, film and fashion among its client list.

Definitely one of the the most Famous Portuguese Abroad, we spoke to Nuno to ask him a little bit about his views on Lisbon. Here’s what he said:

– Secret location?

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Lisbon, Portugal

The seven hilled red-roofed city that has been my home now for over 30 years is the perfect place to stroll when not trundling along on one of the two antique trams. Both the 28 and the 25 come up to see me high on the hill here in Campo de Ourique, the gourmet snack insiders area of the city, buy using both these mode of transport you are able to give yourself a lovely old world idea of the city and it seven hill. Enjoy Lisbon and let the tram take the strain on the ups & downs!

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The laid back vibe of Lisbon offers a nice change of pace from other, larger European capital cities I have visited. The city is pretty easy to get around in, especially if you don’t mind walking up a lot of hills! I stayed near the Castelo de São Jorge which was a good area from which to visit most of the major sites and neighborhoods.

While completely touristy, I would definitely ride the Lisbon 28 Tram which passes through many of the city’s interesting neighborhoods. Lisbon also has an excellent traditional and eclectic food scene, featuring lots of great seafood. Also, if your into craft arts and street art, this if your kind of town. As you can see there’s some amazing handcraft buildings and some fantastic graffiti art all over the place.

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are you beautiful? I asked 100 men what ‘physical beauty’ is and the results shocked me

Rozanne Leigh

Tina Fey said it best in her book, ‘Bossy Pants’:

 “But I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style. That was the first time that having a large-scale situation in the back was part of mainstream American beauty.
Girls wanted butts now.
Men were free to admit that they had always enjoyed them.
And then, what felt like moments later, boom—Beyoncé brought the leg meat. A back porch and thick muscular legs were now widely admired.
And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful.
Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you.
All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful.

Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose…

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