Lisbon

Lisbon, located on the sunny Atlantic coast of Portugal, is the capital as well as the biggest city in the country. First called “enchanted shore” by the Phoenicians, the city has enchanted the Greeks, the Carthaginians, the Romans, the North African Moors, and the British, all of whom have called Lisbon home and bestowed on the city their castles and traditions. Lisbon was also one of the world’s most prosperous ports during the era of Portuguese Discovery, absorbing bits of African, Asian and South American culture now interwoven in the city’s striking architecture and savory cuisine.

Lisbon still thrives today, offering visitors and residents bustling city life combined with colorful ocean-side relaxation. The city hosts a successful football team, along with rabid fans, and the largest indoor oceanarium to give visitors a glimpse of the abundance just beyond its shores. With so much to do wrapped around its seaside charm, Lisbon continues to enchant all who wash upon its shores.

Lisbon’s ‘rock n’ roll’ bakery a piece of heaven on earth

Lisbon’s ‘rock n’ roll’ bakery a piece of heaven on earth

Share Tease. The name of this bakery in Lisbon says it all. Multiple flavors of ornately decorated cupcakes sit in a glass case at the counter of “Lisbon’s rock n’ roll bakery,” tantalizing the sweet tooth of curious wanderers along Rua de Norte with their sugary appeal. Did I mention that they’re 100 percent homemade?…

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Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Crema Catalana

Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Crema Catalana

Share My latest recipe attempt, crema catalana, is the Spanish version of crème brûlée. In fact, the French and Spanish dispute over which country invented it first. It is generally made for Saint Joseph’s Day (the Spanish equivalent to Father’s Day) on March 19, and is also known as crema de Sant Josep. Making crema…

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Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Gazpacho

Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Gazpacho

Share For this week’s food blog, I made gazpacho. This has by far been the simplest dish, but simple does not take away from taste. Gazpacho is a tomato-based soup served chilled. It is widely served in Spain, particularly in Andalusia, as well as neighboring Portugal. Since the soup is known to be revitalizing, it…

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Shrine of Fátima one of the world’s holiest sites

Share A divine miracle is believed to have occurred near Fátima, Portugal that quickly turned the sleepy little town into one of the world’s holiest sites. Every year, four million believers and skeptics are drawn there for the same reason: to visit the place where the Virgin Mary reportedly appeared nearly a century ago. Located…

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Portugal’s Chapel of Bones ‘a shocking architectural concept’

Portugal’s Chapel of Bones ‘a shocking architectural concept’

Share “We bones in here wait for you to join us.” These words, that have been translated from the Latin phrase “nos ossos que aqui estamos delos vossos esperamos,” are carved into the front of one of the most eerie buildings in Portugal, beckoning visitors into the Capela dos Ossos, or Chapel of Bones, in…

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Spanish bucket list for the average college student

Spanish bucket list for the average college student

Share Whether you’re planning to backpack through Europe, study abroad or explore Spain on a family vacation, this blog will provide insights into the essential places that college students must visit during any trip! Each week we will feature a different college student who has been to Spain to give readers tips, hints, and suggestions…

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Experienced travelers recommend doing research on Spain before traveling

Experienced travelers recommend doing research on Spain before traveling

Share From a podium nested inside a classroom on the third floor of B.B. Comer, Ignacio Rodeño examines novels and short stories written in his native language. As he reads texts aloud to a classroom of mostly American students, he adds side notes about his country’s culture and shares as much history as can fit…

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Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Paella

Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Paella

Share For my first cooking attempt, I made a dish Spain is known for: paella. Some American Spanish restaurants compare paella to jambalaya. Each region of Spain has different takes on paella, but I made a standard recipe I based off of this website. Parts of the site were actually in Spanish – which I…

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