The Orient Express —-not!

Porto:Lisboa to San Sebastian : June 2018 Train travel in Portugal is not as glamorous as say Switzerland or even Italy. Sorry, Portugal! The stations are a little uninspiring. So we are travelling from Porto to Lisboa and from there we will take the overnight train to San Sebastián. Armed with some mags and a…

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São João – hammers and the floss.

Porto June 2108 Festival of São João of Porto (St John of Porto) is celebrated on midsummer or the night of the 23rd June. the tradition of hitting each other on the head with a head of garlic or more modernly with a plastic hammer was never really explained to us, but it was fun…

Porto with the Posse

Porto June 2018 Flying for the first time on Taag airlines via Luanda we arrived in Porto at 6am. TAAG was a definite parsleyspursuit of the perfectly priced flight. The plane was brand new with fancy touch screens and lovely decor BUT no headphones were handed out and we overheard the air hostess telling our…

Parsley’s Pursuits are in pursuit again!

We are off on our next trip and as usual it involves a lot of countries! So be prepared to hear about Porto, Lisbon , Spain, France , Jersey and London. Our plan is to celebrate our first anniversary in Porto. And of course we are not ones for keeping special occasions all to ourselves…

Port in the Douro Valley with a Station?

  Lamego Portugal: October 2017 Leaving Coimbra we headed North, unfortunately the end of our road trip was drawing close and we needed to get back to a Spain. The drive was fairly bleak. We were confronted with the destruction that the fires has wreaked on the surroundings. Driving past burnt trees for kilometers and…

Coimbra goes bats in the library.

Coimbra Portugal : October 2017 Our drive to Coimbra was fairly uneventful and we saw no sign of the fires….until we booked into the campsite and we caught sight and smelt the burnt trees on the slopes behind. Apparently it had been pretty hectic two days ago, when there was a very real danger of…