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Collette Vacations Introduces New Garden Tour in Portugal

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 00:00

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U.S. tour operator Collette Vacations, in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the UK’s foremost gardening charity, has today released a complete line of new tours presented in its first-ever RHS Garden Holidays brochure.

Featuring a selection of carefully designed horticultural-themed travel packages with destinations around the world, the RHS Garden Holidays will inspire all, from the greenest of gardeners to more experienced horticulturists, with visits to exclusive gardens, private or expert tours of exceptional public and botanical gardens, and the chance to see many plants in their natural habitat.  The tours are also rich in cultural highlights, making them of equal appeal to any non-gardening travel companions.

The brochure contains a total of 11 tours, with departures for certain itineraries starting as early as May 2013.

Page 19 - Portugal’s Gardens featuring the Azores and Lisbon – 10 days, 15 meals, from $2,249: Fly to the Azorean island of St. Michael, the largest of the nine volcanic islands that form the archipelago of the Azores. Visit a local pineapple plantation and learn about the various stages of growth and the horticultural methods involved in making them so sweet. Experience a private tour of the Antonio Borges Botanical Gardens, the largest and most verdant municipal garden on St. Michael. Tour Terra Nostra Park, which is home to the world’s largest collection of camellias. In Lisbon, visit Queluz Palace and Gardens, often called the “Versailles of Portugal,” where an expert horticulturist provides a private tour. Join landscape architect Gerald Luckhurst on a private tour of the gardens at Quinta de Regaleira, one of Sintra’s most elaborate private estates. Departures: May – September 2013.

Each tour is accompanied by one of Collette’s expert tour managers, with local guides also being used where appropriate.  In addition, some departures will also be accompanied by an RHS horticulturist, such as a Curator or specialist in their field.


Corvo, Solar Island

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 16:49

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Corvo will be the first island in the Azores, Portugal to have solar panels and heat pumps in all its homes,

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Bank of Portugal to offer a Museum of Money in a church

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:00

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Where strong rooms full of money once sat now emerges what remains of an ancient altar.

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2013 Lisboa Architecture Triennale

Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00

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The aims of the third edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, which takes place from September 12 to December 15, 2013, are to research, encourage and promote architecture to the specialist and the non-specialist public, in particular projects by Portuguese architects, nationally and internationally.  Under the title “Close, Closer,” the Triennale will examine the political, technological, emotional and institutional forms of spatial practice by publicly questioning the terminology, practical aspects, inspirations, inventions and influences on the city and making it known to new publics.  Over a three-month period, the team of curators, headed by London-based Beatrice Galilee, will analyze the multiple possibilities of architectural production through exhibitions, events, performances and debates to be held in various venues in Lisbon.  The goal is to provide a platform for discussion and present an alternative proposal for understanding architecture as a form of spatial practice. The exhibitions, conferences, talks and fringe events will present this wide-ranging and often uncharted field to the public and a new generation of architects. “Close, Closer” includes three exhibitions, a public program, an e-publishing series, a student prize, a Début Award for young architects and a Lifetime Achievement Award. This edition has also created a new type of competition called Crisis Buster, which grants a limited number of scholarships to teams that submit ideas for short- or long-term projects for Lisbon.


From September to December 2013, the Lisbon Architecture Triennale will be a critical platform for the plurality of contemporary spatial practice. The events and exhibitions will introduce architecture as a discipline that is not exclusive to professionals or defined only by buildings, but rather as an expanding field with which, amongst others, sociologists, scientists, curators and artists are all dynamically and radically engaging.


In the meantime the Triennale has defined a parallel program, “Intervalo”, which includes the ongoing production of cyclical events, such as the organization of competitions, conferences, exhibitions, publications and audiovisual productions, all in Lisbon.


Network of traditional taverns of the Alto Tamega and Barroso

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:00

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The Network of Tabernas of the Alto Tamega is growing. Currently, there are more than a dozen spaces where traditional, starting with the food, is the watchword. But the Association for the Development of High Tâmega, who promoted the project, wants to have more taverns to operate and boost the local economy. These spaces have also been constituted as cornerstones for promoting tourism in the region. Indeed, one of the promoters of requisites taverns is "thorough knowledge" of the area and the region where they live in order to be able to give adequate information about the tourist attractions that guests can visit. The idea is that agents are proactive and cultural heritage of the region. Typically, groups are welcome, especially in the area of ​​Porto and Minho. Some travel all the locations which are part of the network. For now, there are 11, but the idea is that there will be about two dozen.



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