What is ‘Saudade?’ Lisbon has given us this gift through the beautiful Fado.

DO YOU KNOW THAT FEELING OF ‘SAUDADE?’ It does not have an equivalent word in English. We think Huffington Post captured its best description: “Saudade is a Portuguese expression that is almost untranslatable. The best way to describe it is: the presence of absence. It is a longing for someone or something that you remember fondly but know you can […]

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Visiting Belem in Lisbon; Part 2

Journal entry from our #LisbonDiaries, September 4, 2017 Exiting the Belem Cultural Center, we walked to the main road facing the Tagus River and went to the left to look for the underground walkway that would take us to the other side. (That was where we encountered the working chihuahua.) You can’t cross the street because of the fenced rail tracks. […]

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A Night at Au Lapin Agile, One of Paris’s Oldest Cabarets.

Au Lapin Agile Cabaret Artistique was in our To Experience List during this visit to Paris since we missed it the previous times. We became interested to watch performances here after learning from some Parisians that it is considered a showcase of how the Paris bar entertainment was like during the Belle Epoque era and through the Roaring 20s. It was also said to be an open market of artistic exchange among greats and not-so-great artists of those periods.

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Visiting Belem in Lisbon; Part 1

SECOND WIND TRAVELERS STARTED OUR PORTUGAL ITINERARY WITH BELEM DISTRICT BECAUSE THE MUST-SEE HISTORICAL MONUMENTS AND INTERESTING SPOTS ARE SO CLOSE FROM ONE POINT TO ANOTHER. Kumbaga, tanawan lang. Mahirap maligaw. (1) THE JERÓNIMOS MONASTERY,UNESCO World Heritage. From a previous post you’ve learned why we did not enjoy the famous “pasteis de nata” in pastry shop, Pasteis de Belem. We […]

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The ‘Famous’ Lisbon Egg Tart: You Cannot Not Eat It While in Belem, Lisbon.

Our Day 1 in Lisbon was marked by Pasteis de Belém’s sweet egg tarts or “pasteis de nata,” made famous by countless travel write-ups that suggest them as one of the must-try goodies in Belem. So like everyone else who read these articles, we trekked to the pastry shop a nd made it our first destination. (Hindi makapaghintay.) Much to […]

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