Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal gift shop. Souvenirs of Portugal

Some of you already know about my online gift shop on Redbubble. I began using it to create Portugal souvenirs with my photography a couple of years ago but soon got distracted by other projects. Time for a revamped store More recently, I’ve discovered the amazing and ever-expanding range of originalRead More →

Views on Porto. Discover which city parks offer the most stunning views so you can fully appreciate them and take enviable photos

With its prime position on the mouth of the river Douro and its huddle of colourful buildings, Porto is extremely photogenic. Here are my tips for where to find the best views in Porto so you can go home with enviable holiday snaps. Clérigos Tower You can see the 76-metre tower of theRead More →

Men on benches. Pages from Two Hundred Days by Mark Benham

I’m jealous. And inspired. In his new photography book, Two Hundred Days, Mark Benham has fulfilled a dream of mine; to compile a stunning visual tour through Portugal which captures its essence and touches the soul. Mark’s two hundred days of photography were spread over 12 visits to different regions and coverRead More →

Urban art project by akaCorleone & Iamfromlx, street art, Lisbon

Marianne from East of Malaga has picked a theme that’s close to my heart for her monthly blog hop challenge; street art. Portugal has some very talented street artists who express their creativity on walls around their own country and abroad. One of my favourite Portuguese street artists is AlexandreRead More →

Rusted window grille, Midões palace, central Portugal

I’ve never been too keen on being in front of the camera, but since moving to Portugal, and particularly since I started blogging about Portugal, I’ve found myself getting drawn deeper and deeper into photography. I quickly realised that I needed great images to illustrate my stories and since I’mRead More →

Paper windmill, Ruas Floridas 2013

Every two years, the white-walled Alentejan town of Redondo becomes awash with colour and creativity during the Ruas Floridas (Flowered Streets) festival. Don’t be fooled by the name; there much more to this event than paper flowers. The forty-three participating streets are filled with themed displays ranging from football toRead More →

Since Alyson and Dave Sheldrake moved to the Algarve, their art has gone from strength to strength. They have both been busy setting up their art business in Portugal and running exhibitions as well as creating fabulous paintings and photography. Last month, Alyson was kind enough to choose my dog, Daisy,Read More →

Two old ladies

Teatro Viriato have just done a fine job of organising a 24-hour performing arts festival in Viseu, central Portugal. The fun began with a midnight play in the theatre and continued in the squares and parks of Viseu throughout 1st June. Don’t worry if you missed it – there’s a fullRead More →

late afternoon shadows

The long-awaited city centre river beach in Lisbon had just opened when I last visited. I joined the steady stream of curious people for a stroll along the River Tagus from Praça do Comércio to the transport hub of Cais do Sodre. Until the end of March, the only wayRead More →