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Exploring Portugal has opened my eyes to many things that have really tickled my fancy. Through this blog I will share these with you and hopefully enrich the appreciation, or otherwise, of this rather wonderful little country. More Info

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Whatever tickles Manuela's fancy

Whatever tickles Manuela's fancy

Creepy crawly hairy things

February 1, 2017 by Manuela

Recently, eighteen Alvalade, Lisbon, schoolchildren were hospitalised with skin rashes following contact with processionary caterpillar hairs. Fortunately none of the cases were serious. The reports lauded the city’s “competent services”… Read more…

Categories: Life in Portugal

The ceaseless roar on silent film

January 24, 2017 by Manuela

The other day I came across the Câmara (Municipality) publication ’650Years: The History of Cascais’. An interesting read. The story of King D. Carlos choosing Cascais as the royal family’s… Read more…

Categories: Life in Portugal

Christmas with a difference

December 17, 2016 by Manuela

Where I come from, Christmas is a summer thing. Although we sing “Dreaming of a White Christmas”, in South Africa there is no need to dream of sun, heat, pools,… Read more…

A confectionary in honour of the Three Wise Men

November 21, 2016 by Manuela

Between Christmas (probably well before, for many) and January 6th, Epiphany or Kings’ Day (the Three Wise Men), the Portuguese go meshuggah over “Bolo Rei”. During this period, it is… Read more…

Roaming Bus Stop Shelter

November 14, 2016 by Manuela

This blog explores things (usually Portuguese) that tickle my fancy. As a female, I have been reminded of the possible double entendre of having your fancy tickled. Research unearthed synonyms… Read more…

English as she is spoken

October 4, 2016 by Manuela

If you happen to be a he person and, on bumping into you on Guincho Beach, I commented on your “splendiferous moobs”, would it mean anything to you? Mind you,… Read more…

When the earth moves in Cascais

August 30, 2016 by Manuela

It is estimated that 500.000 seismic events occur every year. We tend to refer to minor ones as ‘earth tremors’ and call the catastrophic ones ‘earthquake.’ Rest assured, such occurrences… Read more…

Categories: Life in Portugal

Driver’s licences – perhaps from a supermarket shelf.

July 6, 2016 by Manuela

A few days ago, hubby and I were having lunch outside a restaurant in the old part of Cascais, the part with all those narrow cobblestone one- ways. At the… Read more…

To kiss or not to kiss … the ritual of cheek kissing

June 27, 2016 by Manuela

July 6th is International Kissing Day (or World Kiss Day), which celebrates kissing for the sake of simply giving somebody a kiss, as opposed to kissing as a social formality… Read more…

A Toast to Freedom

June 10, 2016 by Manuela

During the May Pub Quiz (by now you should all know that that is what my husband and I do in Cascais), one of the questions was: “Inspired by the… Read more…

Categories: International events