Marvão Castle – Tourism in Alentejo

January 2, 2011
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The small town of Marvão (3750 inhabitants) in the Northern Alentejo (Alto Alentejo) Region, close to the frontier with Spain, is one of the most amazing fortified villages in Portugal. Huddled atop a mountain 860 meters (2,820 feet ) tall, the main attraction of this medieval town is the Castle of Marvão, which dates back […]

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Living in Portugal – an expat’s view, with Patricia Westheimer

December 19, 2010
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An exclusive interview for bestinPortugal with Patricia Westheimer, an American Journalist, Author and Teacher, always ready to praise Portugal and to show her point of view of why she chose this country 19 years ago and has been living here ever since. Could you present a quick bio on yourself? I was born in Colorado […]

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Prof. Freitas-Magalhães – facial expression expert unveils the psychology of human emotion

December 12, 2010
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Freitas-Magalhães, Ph.D., is a Portuguese psychologist working on the psychology of the human smile in the context of emotion and facial expression. He is founder and current director of the Facial Emotion Expression Lab (FEELab) at University Fernando Pessoa (UFP), in Porto (Portugal). His research is devoted to understanding emotions in individuals and society. Freitas-Magalhães […]

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50 Greatest Portuguese Wines

November 21, 2010
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Portugal is known for its fine wines and is currently producing some of the best-value and very exciting available wines. The wines from Portugal are full of history, supported by the fact that their trade exists since the early 18th century.   The Vineyards in Portugal vary in their climatic conditions and the soil types, hence […]

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Papo d’Anjo – Business success Made in Portugal

November 7, 2010
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Article removed, since the company Papo d’Anjo, a business success at the time of the article (November 7, 2010) filed for bankruptcy. The news about the bankruptcy of the company (in Portuguese) can be found here

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Filipe La Féria, theater director and producer

October 24, 2010
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Interview with Filipe La Féria, an acclaimed Portuguese theatre director and producer and screenwriter and producer for television, with 47 years of experience in theatre and producer of shows, applauded by the public in the last 18 years. La Féria wrote and performed the musical “Amália”, which I’m presenting here (even though the interview is […]

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Accordion history and Accordion Festival in Cartaxo

October 17, 2010
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Accordion History The accordion was patented in Paris in 1829 by Cyril Damian, a Viennese of Armenian descent. However, it was in the Italian cities of Stradella in the Lombardy region and in the province of Ancona on the Adriatic coast that small accordion shops developed into important manufacturers, like Paolo Soprani (founded in 1864) […]

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Centennial of the Portuguese Republic

October 4, 2010
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On February 1st 1908, the king Carlos I of Portugal and his heir apparent, Prince Luis Filipe, were murdered in Lisbon. In 1910, a revolution deposed the Portuguese monarchy and its last King, Manuel II, giving place to the democratic (but unstable) First Republic (“Primeira República”) , which submersed the country in social chaos and economic […]

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A dozen well-known Portuguese authors (Part I)

September 27, 2010
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Because Portugal is an abundant land of history and culture, what better way to emphasize this than to display some of the most recommended authors and their main works. I will indicate a dozen prominent writers, starting with six in this post and six in a future post. Although the foundation of Portugal dates back […]

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Rizumik – The Rhythmic Soul Beatboxer

September 19, 2010
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Who listens with the eyes blindfolded would never imagine that all these sounds are produced only using the mouth, without any special effects.  I am talking about the world of beatboxing, and had an exclusive interview with one of Portugal’s top performers, Rizumik. Rizumik has shown his multi-vocality in participating in a world championship of this […]

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