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12 January 2018


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Carrie Schwab

My family visited Lisbon a few years ago, and I was captivated, as you were, by the beauty of the city and the friendliness of the people. The incredible tile work was the icing on the cake! I love seeing the city again through your eyes! Happy Anniversary to you and Jann.

Carrie Schwab

Yann, forgive me!


Thank for this post.....you filled my heart. Saudade is something that I live with every single day. A part of me will always be there and when I set foot on that soil...I breathe so deeply....

Kathie B

One of the places in Portugal where azulejos are manufactured (and sold) is Cerâmica Vieira in Lagoa, a town a few miles east of Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel in the Azores:

I bought a souvenir azulejo at a museum shop in the Azores years ago, with the saying Com vinagre não se apanham moscas (literally that flies can't be caught with vinegar -- although in English we typically render it as "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar," a favorite saying of my Azores-born grandmother).

The talk I gave at a conference a few months ago was about translating the poetry snippets on azulejo plaques throughout the center of the city of Praia da Vitória, Terceira (not far from Lajes airport) honoring Portuguese poets -- especially Azorean ones. You can see both the van der Krogt's photos and my colleague's and my English translations at:


What beautiful tiles and history of Lisbon and Portugal. Portugal had not been on my list, but now I want to travel there.


A very informative and interesting post Corey...sounds like you’re having a wonderful time. XX


Beautiful...love the azulejos. Looking forward to seeing much more of Lisbon.


Thank you for this wonderful..for me...introduction to Portugal. The tiles are stunning. Now to do some research.


Thank you for sharing all of your beautiful adventures of life. YOu are truly blessed. Love and hugs and many good wishes.
Love Jeanne


I wish I could fave this post a hundred times (well, once would already be pretty good). Lisbon is our favourite city for a long time and we actually meant to stay there in February for 4 days again - but our chosen hotel was full and the airfares were already too expensive for us - it would have been to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary in March (we go for a weekend every year and stayed once in the Brown Boutique Hotel but it’s not really our style - if you ever want the most darling authentic Lisbon hotel ask me - sadly we can no longer afford it but it’s worth every €....).
For at least 3yrs I’m planning to create one huge Lisbon photo album and I never did it because it would take so much work on the computer which I can’t do any more with my failing eyesight - I have absolutely millions of photos of all your wrote about, tiles, houses, domestic display of washing/living/eating in public, the Tejo, the roofs, the trees, the everything..... I think I shall now book for a weekend in November!!!!! IF ONLY I knew where WE are in November!
Thank you Tour Guide - a most enjoyable post.
And finally, JOYEUX ANNIVERSAIRE DE MARIAGE - Time flies when you are with somebody you truly love and care for. I cannot believe that I’m gonna be married for twenty years soon. In my first marriage it was quite different - and all the more I appreciate the good times we have. (Mind you, we have and had the ‘other times’ too - that’s human and normal). SOYEZ HEUREUX ET RESTEZ HEUREUX. Gros bisous and a big hug for both of you.


Thank you for this beautiful post! The lovely tiles and the history behind them are fascinating! I would love to go to Lisbon and see them for myself. It is always so wonderful to learn of a culture through its art....and the tiles are so unique...each telling a story! Thank you thank you for bringing a bit of Portugal to us!


Thank you for sharing Lisbon. Really enjoyed this post and the history xo

French la Vie

Put it on top, you won't regret it.

French la Vie

Thank you Kiki, and Happy soon to be anniversary!

Elizabeth Vertue

Thank you. I feel like leaving tomorrow. We have a 50th anniversary in in 2020 but don't know if I can wait.


The tilework here is some of the most beautiful I've ever seen! I love your
posts from Portugal.

Congratulations on your 30th!! Best wishes for at least 130

Liana Munden

Thank you so very much for the beautiful photos and for sharing wonderful details about your trip and the places you visited. Honestly felt I️ had a mini tour of Lisbon and Sintra. I️ hope my husband and I get to visit one day!

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