Porto’s Bishop and Clérigos Tower, 2016 vs 2011

António Ferreira Gomes, Bispo do Porto (1952-1982)

If you’ve walked by Clérigos Tower, you’ve probably walked by or near this statue of António Ferreira Gomes, who was Bishop of Porto from 1952-1982. You probably didn’t notice him. And unless you had a really good look at him five years ago, you probably wouldn’t have noticed that he’s been cleaned up since then. He’s wearing the same funky glasses, created in 1979 by Porto sculptor Arlindo Rocha (1921-1999), but he’s looking much more stately now without all that pigeon goop on his head.

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Taberna Santo António, Porto

chanfana @ Taberna Santo António, Porto


Last Friday, I brought the Canadian visitors to Taberna Stº. António for some traditional Portuguese tasca food. Tascas, also called tabernas or tavernas, are the various names in Portugal given to taverns, the traditional places that serve up small plates of food to share with friends over drinks. There, I finally got to try chanfana for the first time, a dish of goat or lamb (or pork) marinated in red wine and garlic. It’s not that I’ve avoided it — to the contrary! I just never see it on a menu in these parts.

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Sunset At Praia da Luz, Porto

Praia da Luz, Foz do Douro (Porto, Portugal)

There’s something about ending the weekend with a sunset on the beach. Paulo’s the one with the weekday schedule, making the transition back to weekdays more relevant to him, but it still feels like a winning Sunday when the three of us can dine outside together as the sun goes down. On Sunday the winds were up, clearing the deck for us to have it mostly to ourselves.

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Postcards From Galicia: Combarro’s Old Quarter

hórreos (granaries) in Combarro, Galicia, Spain

When we couchsurfed in Galicia last month, one of the places our host suggested as a stop was Combarro, a small fishing village in the province of Pontevedra. We first had a leisurely lunch by the water, but it wasn’t readily apparent why he thought we should visit. The modern harbour where we ate was pleasant enough, but for the area it was nondescript. During lunch we’d observed groups of people climbing a few stairs to a walkway between buildings, then disappearing. Some re-emerged but most didn’t — where did they go??

Once we finished our meal, we decided to investigate and then came our “a-ha!” moment…

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