portugal

September 22, 2018

As we were driving through Portugal we noticed there were many cork farms. Portugal is the world’s largest producer of cork. Seventy percent of the world’s cork is from Portugal, and cork accounts for 2.3% of Portugal’s exports.

Cork comes from the bark of the cork tree. It is harvested with a huge...

September 20, 2018

Whaling on Pico island in the Azores was important for the economy of the island. The Azores are a little string of islands in the middle of the Atlantic ocean created by volcanic eruptions so that the islands are steep. The ocean depths are perfect for deep sea-creatures including whales. Whaling w...

September 16, 2018

Pico Island is one of the islands in the Azores. The water is deep all around the island because it was formed by an underwater volcano. Because of this, it is good for whale watching. My family and I went on a whale watching tour when we stayed on Pico. We were so lucky because we saw 5 species of...

August 26, 2018

The Azores is a set of 9 volcanic islands off the coast of Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean. While relatively obscure to many of us, the Azores are on the tourist radar, especially for Europeans. Being featured on an episode of Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" doesn't hurt either. It has been dubb...

August 24, 2018

It was nice to have a bit of a home base for 2 weeks in Porto. That was the longest we had stayed in any one place during our 7 months of travel. We enjoyed getting back into a bit of a routine of doing homeschooling, cooking at home, and even getting in some exercise. But alas, it was time to move...

August 21, 2018

It was hard to leave South Africa after having such a wonderful time there. The kids still continue to talk about the African wildlife and all the great times they had in Africa. However, we were excited to head to Portugal as it is a country we have wanted to visit for a while (and hopefully my Por...

August 15, 2018

There are many beautiful tiles found throughout Portugal. They are called azulejos which comes from the arabic word meaning "polished stone". The original colours were green, blue, yellow, and white. Now the most common colours are blue and white.

They were first brought to Portugal by the Moors in t...

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