Two mini posts in one.
Carol, these are both good reads & I always enjoy what you choose to share. I live in Arizona’s Cochise County and know exactly the sound you’re familiar with. Ian & I are pondering a return to Europe, and we’re curious about Portugal, which is why I subscribed. Thanks for all that you share.
As always, enjoyed reading your blogs. Living in Cascais, with a view of the Bay and mountains, we had a birdseye view to the heroic efforts of the brave pilots of the 11 seasons planes making the circuit of dipping in the ocean to get water and heading back into the fire to try and contain it. It was quite a site to see. Hearing about the young pilot if the plane that went down in Greece in the same week gives you perspective of the dangers these pilots face in addition to the heroes on the ground combating the flames.
I’m glad the government is focused on improving the management of these lands (which is a key factor in many of the fires in the US) that are often blamed solely of global warming. But what was unique and most shocking and disturbing to me about the Portugal wildfires was hearing that the fire in Sintra-Cascais was likely set by humans and learning from multiple locals that many fires that are set in preserved or protected land are intentionally set in a effort to make the land worthless so it can then be sold in the cheap and built upon. If so, I’m hoping the government puts a real effort into prosecuting those responsible given not only the damage caused but also the jeopardy to human and animal life. We as humans have to do better at protecting our land, resources and human and animal life.
Always I find your posts so interesting and helpful. Thank you!
On entering EU country with this new visa the system will record the time and place of your entry and store your facial image and fingerprints. This is likely to cause (even more) delays at airports and ports.
Just a little clarification. If you are the holder of a valid Portuguese residency card, you do not need to apply for the ETIAS. From the official website, you do not need to apply if you are “ A holder of a residence permit or a residence card issued by any European country requiring ETIAS.”