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October 2016

Fernando Pessoa was Portugal’s most unlikely poet. He was a quiet man who wrote under many names, and produced some of the most powerful and thought-provoking poems of the 20th century. One of his final and few works published in his lifetime was the Messagem, a complex look at the conflict between the past and future of Portugal Read more →

Imagine a university founded in the 13th century, built in a former royal palace, and with one of the most ornate libraries in the world. Imagine a Romanesque Cathedral, fortified against a long gone enemy… Imagine students in flowing black capes singing a unique ballad only practiced in this city. Imagine a Roman underground, untouched for 2,000 years and ready to explore. Add to that a vibrant downtown, imagining views, and a sweeping river. Oxford? Cambridge? Salamanca? No, we are talking about Coimbra - Portugal’s former 2nd capital, and a destination all in its own. Read more →

Chaves, in the North of Portugal, has always been know for its thermal waters, especially during the Roman Empire. And, when the city planned an underground garage it got a real surprise - Roman baths buried in a landslide some 1,700 years ago. Excavation are being done, with a museum projected to open in 2018. Read more →