It appears that while doing some repair work on city drains, technicians in Coimbra, Portugal have stumbled upon some 700 year-old historic traditional Jewish baths.
It is reported that experts suggest that this may be a unique discovery in Portugal.
If verified by archaeologists and Jewish Historians, it certainly is going to enhance Coimbra's reputation as a destination for historic tourism in the wake of its being awarded world heritage status by UNESCO in August, 2013.
É relatado nesta manhã no "Correio da Manhã" que a Câmara Muncipal da Portimão já autorizou a construção de mais um complexo comercial em Portimão.
Não satisfeito com o facto que o antigo "Portimão Retail Park" ainda continua em ruínas e ainda a ser demolido, relata-se que dois dos ocupantes anteriores da ultíma, Decathlon e AKI, ficam pronto a ocupar um novo complexo, espalhado boatos para estar construído, na área do antigo complexo da Co-operativa Vinícola.
Na opinião do escritor esta decisão é ridícula dando todos os espaços comerciais vazios e disponíveis existentes em Portimão.
It is reported in this morning's Portuguese Daily "Correio da Manha" that the Câmara Muncipal da Portimão has authorised the construction of yet another shopping complex in Portimão.
Not satisfied with the old retail park still lying in ruins and yet to be demolished, it is reported that two of the previous occupants from the former, Decathlon and AKI are to occupy a new complex rumoured to be in the area of the old wine Co-operative.
In the opinion of the writer this is ludicrous giving all the existing empty available commercial spaces in Portimão.
Portuguese Travel News website http://www.idaevolta.net reports today that Aero-Vip, a regional aircraft operator will substitute Sata S.A. on flights between Madeira and the island of Porto Santo as from January 2014. The service will operate, at present, until 31st May 2014.
It is understood that Aero-VIP will operate the service until a new three year Public Service tender is awarded.
Last Thursday, 9th December, 2013, I had the pleasure of meeting with Vera Silva from Mildestinos Travel, Seixal and my long-time contact and fellow blogger, Sergio Bastos of http://www.lowcostportugal.net and http://www.idaevolta.net for lunch at Adega da Marina in Lagos, Algarve, Portugal.
The discussion ranged over a wide range of issues affecting tourism, commercial aviation and the general economic situation in Portugal.
Vera, Sergio and me!
It was great to talk and exchange notes with Sergio, a fellow blogger who has steadily built his web real-estate into one of the main, if not the main, major source of reliable information on the Portuguese and European commercial aviation sectors in the Portuguese-speaking world!.
Looking forward to getting to getting together soon!
Lagos, Algarve, Portugal has a small fishing dock and a reasonable size marina.
However, depth of draught and size of the canalised mouth of the Rio Bensafrim severely restricts the size of vessels able to call at the port.
Last Thursday, however, the SAR/Escort and patrol vessel. M/V LD OCEAN GUARD, was moored alongside the the refueling jetty. The vessel was bearing a flag from the Republic of Cameroon and current marine tracking websites show it currently heading down the West African Coast, one presumes in the direction of Doula, Cameroon.
Presently, there is a daily Alsa.es service calling at both bus stations in Sevilla.
The service departs Sevilla Est. Autobus Prado San Sebastian at 23:30, and Est, Autobus Plaza das Armas at 23:59 and arrives Lisboa Sete Rios Bus Station(Metro Jardim Zoologico) at 06:30. (Clocks go back an hour en route)
At present, there is also a service on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, leaving Prado at 14:30 and arriving Lisbon Sete Rios at 21:45.
It is also possible to take the daily EVA/DAMAS bus service to Faro and then take a train or bus to Lisbon.
There are departures as follows:
Sevilla Plaza das Armas: 07:30 Faro 10:10
Sevilla Plaza das Armas: 15:15 Faro 18:55
As regards connecting trains to Lisbon, only the morning service has a connection at present:
As regards buses from Faro to Lisbon - Sete Rios, the morning bus connects with the EVA bus departing at 11:00 arriving 14:15. The afternoon bus connects with the EVA Bus departing 19:00 and arriving 22:15.
Location: Igreja de S. Nicolau Time: 16h00 Entry Free - 350 places
Procession Wolcum Yole! There is no Rose That yongë childe e Bulalow This little Babe Interlude
Ave Maris Stella – Gregorian Chant Ding Dong, Merrily on High – Thoinot Arbeau, arr. Charles Wood Regina Coeli – Gregor Alchinger Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Felix Mendelssohn, adapt. W.H. Cummings Adeste Fideles – Trad. Natal, arr. Tiago Marques Senhora, nós vos louvamos – Manuel Faria, arr. Tiago Marques Huachito Torito – Trad. Argentina, arr. Dante Andreo Joy to the World – Lowell Mason (baseado em G.F. Handel) Huahuanacá – Trad. Bolívia, arr. Dante Andreo Natal de Elvas – Trad. Natal, arr. Mário de Sampayo Ribeiro Oito contos do Natal – Jorge Croner de Vasconcellos Conto do Natal Jesus, Maria, José Natal (Elvas) Laudate Dominum, omnes gentes – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
13th December 2103
Location:Igreja de S. Roque Time: 21h30 Entry Free - 500 seats
Salve Regina em Fá Maior – Leonardo Leo Concerto grosso em Lá menor op. 6 Nº 4 – Georg Friedrich Händel Larghetto affetuoso – Allegro – Largo e piano – Allegro – Georg Friedrich Händel Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro, RV 169 – Antonio Vivaldi Motete: In furore iustissimae irae, RV626 – Antonio Vivaldi
14th December 2013
Location: Igreja da Madalena Time: 16h00 Entry Free - 125 Seats
Coros de O Messias – Händel (The Messiah)
15th December 2013
Location: Igreja da Graça Time: 16h00 Entry Free - 350 spaces
Coventry Carol Adestes Fideles Oh Holy Night Oh, Christmas Tree Joy to the World Deck the Halls Hark ! The Herald Angels sing Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Concerto Grosso nº 8 – Torelli Grave-Vivace Largo Vivace
O Anjo Gabriel – Ennio Morricone
Canções de Natal em Português
Na fria Lapinha Correi Pastorinhos Noite Feliz Feliz Natal
20th December 2013
Marathon of 5 concerts Location: Cinema S. Jorge Time: 16h30 – 21h30
Students of the Conservatório de Lisboa Sala Montepio: Free entry - 150 places Sala Manoel de Oliveira: Prices: 12,50€ and 10 € - 750 places
José Embala o Menino – Eurico Carrapatoso Três Canções Alentejanas de Natal – Carlos Marecos Entrai, Pastores Entrai Pastores do Verde Prado Natal de Elvas Triste Pastora – Vasco Pearce de Azevedo O Sono do Menino – Sérgio Azevedo Bendito e Louvado Seja – Vasco Pearce de Azevedo Fado de Natal – João Madureira Amigo de Papelão – Mário Ribeiro
21st December 2013
Location: Igreja de Santo Agostinho Time: 16h00 Entry Free - 150 places
Domenico Gabrielli Canon para dois Violoncelos e basso continuo
Sonata em Lá Maior para violoncelo e basso continuo – Grave-Allegro-Largo-Presto
J.S. Bach Suite para violoncelo solo em ré menor, BWV 1008 (excertos).
Prelude 3:44 – Sarabande 5 – Gigue 3
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber Passacaglia para violino solo 10′
Sonata do Rosário – A crucificação – para violino e basso continuo
22nd December 2013
Location: Igreja de São Domingos Time: 16h00 Entry - Free - 580 places
Vestiges of Moorish culture are dotted through Portugal, especially south of Coimbra.
However, like the "New Jews" in Portugal and Spain, 600 years later, many "Christians" living in the southern part of what is now Portugal in the AD 700's, assimilated into Islam, as in the (adapted) words of the Borg, "resistance was futile".
When the Portuguese nobles and kings started moving south in the 1100's, many locals switched back again to Christianity as again the "Borg Dictum" applied.
Consequently, in many places, one will find churches that have been built on the ruins or shells of the old mosques which in turn were often built on the ruins of old Visigoth Churches.
It is important to remember that in Portugal Moorish culture is still very much in evidence through the names of places:
In the Greater Lisbon Region and Centro one has:
among many others.
These all reflect Arabic language origins.
For example, It is thought that the name "Almada" for example refers to the
Arabic word or phrasing for mineral or mine - "المعدن"
The name "Algarve", the South region of Portugal, comes from the Arabic words for
If one listens to the translation in Arabic on Google Translate one can here that, in guttural accent, the speaker says "Al Gharb"! See:http://bit.ly/1bPUqIt (Click on the loudspeaker on the right to hear the translation.)
Ditto for the name "Albufeira" (where Cubsur hails from.) It is thought to originate from the Arabic word for the "lake" or "lagoon".
Just from this awareness of place names one can gain an excellent insight into the spread of Moorish settlement and culture in Portugal.
It is reported in the Algarve regional journal "Sur", that the cinemas in the Portimão Continente (ex Modelo) Shopping Centre, reopened under the management of Brazilian company "Group Oriente" on 5th December 2013.
Le quotidien financier portugais, Diário Económico, annonce aujourd'hui que la compagnie aérienne française, «Europe Air Post» exploitera des vols de passagers directs entre l'aéroport Francisco Sá Carneiro, Porto et les aéroports régionaux français de Brive-Vallée dans la Dordogne et l'Aeroport de Brest Bretagne.
Les vols fonctionneront hebdomadaire les vendredis entre le 4 Juillet 2014 et le 29 Août 2014 et coûtera € 99,00 par trajet.
The Portuguese financial daily, Díario Económico reports today that the French Airline, Europe Air Post will be operating direct passenger flights between Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, Porto and the French regional airports of Brive-Valleé in the Dordogne and Brest Brittany Airport.
Flights will operate weekly on Friday's between 4 July 2014 and 29 August, 2014 and cost €99.00 each way.
In Coimbra I usually recommend the Hotel Victoria.
I have stayed there several times and Dona Rosa and Sr. Leopoldo are great!
There is a new wing which opened 18 months ago.. The in-house restaurant offers good food as well.
It does not have the quaint location of other hostelries but at the Victoria there is a parking garage(paid) 1 block away.
The good thing about the Victoria is that it is on the edge of the (pedestrianised) old Town and in easy walking distance of the Old Centre, the Old University area and the riverside, There are also several restaurants in the area as well.
In Coimbra, I would also recommend visiting "Fado do Centro" to get a taste of the famous student music style of this City.
Casa Beachcomber es un complejo encantador de apartamentos turísticos y un destino ideal para las vacaciones. Situado a menos de 1 km de la ciudad histórica de Lagos ubicado en la costa oeste de Algarve.
Hay fácil acceso en avión a través de a través de los aeropuertos internacionales de Faro y Lisboa. También hay acceso fácil a la autopista de Sevilla, Huelva y el resto de Andalucía a través de la autopista A49 (Espana) / A22 (Portugal).
El complejo cercado,con jardín, fue construido en una parcela de +-1ha en una tranquila zona de Lagos y cerca de la playa hermosa de la "Meia Praia".
El escritor ha conocido este complejo durante 10 años. Las recientes mejoras se convierte en un destino más agradable que nunca. Es para las familias que se reunieron para pasar sus vacaciones.
Con una buena vista de la piscina con su terraza y su barbacoa, Casa Beachcomber tiene tres apartamentos de un dormitorio y tres apartamentos con dos dormitorios.
Estos se pueden alquilar de forma individual o en conjunto. El complejo tiene capacidad para entre 18 a 20 adultos y niños.
Cada apartamento tiene su propio carácter. Digno de mención es el " Balcony Apartment", con una vista panorámica del mar y de la "Orchard Apartment", con su patio con su patio aislado.
Casa Beachcomber es una base ideal para unas vacaciones independientes.
Puede explorar la zona fácilmente, ir a la playa y el centro de la ciudad de Lagos, o simplemente pasar tiempo en la piscina.
Se puede encontrar más información en el sitio web de Casa Beachcomber aquí:
I 've not written about animal conservation issues on this blog before.
However, there is a severe worsening crisis ongoing throughout Southern, Eastern and Central Africa where hundreds, (Yes, I mean hundred's) of elephants are being killed in mass attacks on herds.
An effort has been launched on Quora.com to raise support for the Tashinga Initiative which is working to support the efforts of people of people in the field like Rory Young in trying to counter this on-going massacre.
See this excellent article written by Jay Bell which gives an excellent synopsis of the situation:
Interesting! Since the entry into the Israeli market of airlines like Wizzair, Easyjet etc. and the recent implementation of the "Open Skies" agreement with the EU, El Al obviously finds the need to compete compelling.
However, I'm not so sure about the Israeli unions being to happy about this, although visitors to the Holy Land will be pleased I am sure!