About

If you’re interested in Portugal, you’ve come to the right place.

I’m a serial expat who’s been exploring Portugal since I moved here in 2007 and blogging about my experiences and discoveries since 2011. 

By sharing stories about the food, art, culture and off-the-beaten-track highlights of this diverse country, I hope to inspire you to visit Portugal one day, or simply get to know it better.

I also want you to benefit from my research and experiences of living and travelling in Portugal so you can make the most of your time here.

On this blog, you’ll find:

Port boat, River Douro, Porto

Port boat, River Douro, Porto

practical information about travel in Portugal

ideas for trips in Portugal

Chouriço assado com aguardente / flame grilled red pepper sausage

Chouriço assado com aguardente / flame grilled red pepper sausage

a taste of Portuguese food and drink

snippets of Portuguese culture and history

São Gonçalo bridge and church, Amarante, Portugal

São Gonçalo bridge and church, Amarante, Portugal

interesting images of Portugal

glimpses into my expat life

links to other useful sites for living and travelling in Portugal

 

A little bit more about me

Originally from the UK, I’ve lived in several countries including Spain, Tanzania and Venezuela and I’ve travelled to over 30 others. When I moved to Coimbra for work, I felt at ease straight away and quickly fell in love in more ways than one. I met Mike, who is now my husband, adopted Daisy the dog and put down roots in Moura Morta, a tiny village in central Portugal.

For more about my expat and travel experiences, you can read some of the interviews I’ve done.

For more details about my freelance writing and other examples of my work, please visit my writer site.

If you have any suggestions for this blog or questions about living and travelling in Portugal, please get in touch. I’ll be happy to help if I can.

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34 Responses

  1. Stanley Vieira
    Stanley Vieira March 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm · Reply

    Julie, I just discovered Miranda Do Corvo and really fell in love with it. I am looking to purchase a small place in Central Portugal and think MDC is where I will settle. Any thoughts about Miranda and your experience there? I would love to hear your feedback.

    Cheers,
    Stan

  2. meticulousmick
    meticulousmick January 15, 2014 at 1:25 pm · Reply

    Loved Coimbra when there and recall canoeing down the river from somewhere up in the hills. Wonderful. Thanks for stirring the memory pot. MM

  3. Alyson and Dave Sheldrake
    Alyson and Dave Sheldrake November 7, 2013 at 9:50 am · Reply

    You already know that I love your blog! So I do hope that you will accept your nomination for the Blog of The Year 2013 Award
    You can find out all about it via this link
    http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/2013/11/07/blog-of-the-year-my-2013-award-winners/
    And Many Congratulations! xxx

  4. Dina
    Dina November 3, 2013 at 6:22 pm · Reply

    You have got a great and very inspiring blog!
    Greetings rom The North
    Dina

  5. admin
    admin October 25, 2013 at 8:54 pm · Reply

    Great blog! Congratulations!

  6. brettfish
    brettfish June 30, 2013 at 6:25 am · Reply

    hey Julie – somehow got directed to that page on Community Pool I think it was where I critiqued your intro – came back to see what it looks like and you’ve nailed it with that sentence in bold – good one!

  7. Photography Journal Blog
    Photography Journal Blog December 20, 2012 at 2:45 am · Reply

    I clicked here from the wordpress blog regarding about pages. This one looks nice, I think you have one a good job with it.

  8. catbirdinoman
    catbirdinoman October 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm · Reply

    Oh boy, I’m happy to find another Portugal blog since I hope to travel there next summer! :-)

  9. Marianne
    Marianne October 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm · Reply

    I´m loving the new look of your blog, Julie. Very professional :)

  10. ferragudofan
    ferragudofan August 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm · Reply

    I’m talking about you again! hope you are ok – and busy as ever I am sure!
    thought you might enjoy this one http://algarveblog.net/2012/08/13/cbbh-photo-challenge-looking-up/

  11. Mick
    Mick May 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm · Reply

    Hi Julie — Just found your blog. We (self + partner) are planning to sell up in the UK and move to central Portugal next year, so your blog is definitely of interest. We are looking at the Tomar area provisionally, but will be renting initially and having a good look around. We’ve visited a few times, staying in Lisbon, Miranda do Corvo (I could definitely settle there!) and Coimbra. Coming again in October this year for a few weeks, and probably having a provisional look at what’s for sale and what you get for your money.

    Anyway, thanks for what looks like a very useful blog.

  12. Michael Cargill
    Michael Cargill February 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm · Reply

    Hello Julie. This is a very nice blog you have here.

    Your name rings a bell for some reason and not in an X-Files Fox Mulder way either. It’s a kind of heroic name, something I would expect a sidekick of GI Joe to have.

    Do you work for the CIA?

  13. ferragudofan
    ferragudofan February 1, 2012 at 9:01 am · Reply

    Good Morning busy person!
    It’s hard to write in a post a huge THANK YOU! for all that you have done setting up the Personal A to Z Challenge – but please know that it is REALLY appreciated – and it is looking so exciting!
    Please accept two blog awards as a thank you from me …. you really deserve them! One is the Candle Lighter Award and the second is the HUG award…
    click here to find out more…
    http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/2012/02/01/its-award-time/
    sent with lots of love xxx
    ALy

  14. Luiza
    Luiza October 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm · Reply

    Hi Julie – thanks for your reply….I feel better already! I am fluent in Portuguese (my parents actually live in Porto), but Ian isn’t – he says he will improve once he lives there!…(he understands a bit but cannot hold a conversation). Our architect was here a few weeks ago (his first time in Africa!…he was amazed to see what South Africa had to offer!) to finalize design etc., and we plan to start building in Jan 2012, and move Jan 2013!…We are building as “green” as possible – very modern…stunning views over vineyards..

  15. Luiza
    Luiza October 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm · Reply

    Hi – we will also be relocating to Portugal in 2013 – start to build next year (Beautiful Penela, 25km from Coimbra). We presently live in Johannesburg, South Africa. Im a city girl, my husband – country (although he has always lived in a city!)…I am starting to feel nervous about the relocation. My roots are Portuguese and my husbands’ English. Any advice/suggetsions about living in Portugal? thanks!

    Luiza.

  16. Paul Manning
    Paul Manning October 19, 2010 at 10:57 am · Reply

    Julie

    You registered on our site but I think you left the wrong e-mail address so we can’t send you newsletters and enter you in the prize draw. I have found you through google but cannot find the right e-mail address for you.

    Can you let me know your correct address please.

    By the way, really love the blog. If you afncy doing anything on our website articles, please let ,me know.

    Thanks

    Paul

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