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Thanks for sharing these special moments in your Portugal journey. My husband and I hope to be in Portugal sometime in October to start having some of our own!

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Jul 17, 2023Liked by Carol A. Wilcox

My two cents (since you asked for input): I love reading about your Portugal experiences. The "vignettes" approach that you used here is great! Holidays, tourism, local products, everyday triumphs and tribulations - I enjoy hearing about them all! Thank you for sharing with us.

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I like you had never tried sardines until moving abroad, it's now one of my favorite dishes! If you ever make it to Malaga I highly recommend "espetos"!

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Jul 14, 2023Liked by Carol A. Wilcox

I highly recommend the Pinhais sardine factory tour! My husband and I toured it in May. 1st let me say that these particular sardines were recommended to us as “the best” the year before by a Four Seasons chef! He was not wrong! The tour is very interesting and informative. You will not be disappointed.

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Jul 13, 2023Liked by Carol A. Wilcox

Looks like fun. Where we live, Aljezur, I didn't notice any Junina celebrations, but there probably were some. Before coming to Portugal we lived in Latvia for two years and the summer solstice was a big celebration there. Traditionally you make a big meal, usually bbq, then have a big bonfire and, at midnight, when the fire has gone down you jump over the fire to welcome summer.

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Jul 13, 2023Liked by Carol A. Wilcox

Glad you tried the sardines! I felt the same way about them and whole anchovy until I tried them a Spanish fantastic restaurant- looking at you José Andrés. Also, Happy Anniversary.

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Enjoyed this! Kudos to Paul for being such a good sport! I would have absolutely DIED! Hate to dance! As for the sardines- no thank you! But I am glad you enjoyed them! I remember seeing them in stores in great abundance when I was in Portugal and I know they are a big favorite there but I just can’t!

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The boy has moves!

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Jul 13, 2023Liked by Carol A. Wilcox

Thanks for sharing the video! I have a husband like that so this story made us both laugh! Love this format too!

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Two great mini-stories! Thanks for sharing them: I think the format worked well. Nice to see Paul willing to go with the flow, he managed to look like he was having fun (even if he was simply trying to be polite) and good on his partner for being bold enough to ask a stranger to dance! I've yet to try sardines here, but I look forward to it - the first time I had sardines was at a friend's house in junior high school. Her father was Italian, but her mother was Portuguese and, according to her dad, he married her mother because he liked the way she cooked sardines. After trying them, I had to agree that he'd chosen wisely.

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Jul 13, 2023Liked by Carol A. Wilcox

Hurrah to Paul for being a great sport ! While yiu got a video and blog short story out of this, the woman hasn't stopped talking with friends and family about dancing with this smiling American cutie!

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