My A to Z Blogging Challenge

Alphabetical inspiration and motivation for bloggers

Personal A to Z of our recent holiday to Gibraltar – F to I

Continuing the A to Z of our recent trip to Gibraltar. Click to read our post – F to I

April 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

T is for Thigh Tiles

You might be wondering what on earth thigh tiles are. If you come to Portugal and look at the roofs of older buildings, chances are you’ll see some. They’re the … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

P is for Pope, Piotrek and Przemek

Poland is, by and large, a Catholic country, and one of the images that stays in my head from my very first visit is that of Pope John Paul II … Continue reading

October 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

M is for Mariacki and Marysia

One of my very first sights when I visited Poland for the first time was the Mariacki Church.  The splendour of the Rynek Główny in Kraków, Europe’s largest market square, is crowned … Continue reading

September 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

J is for Jadwiga

Jadwiga is a Polish feminine name (pronounced Yad-viga).  The diminutive, or affectionate family form, is Jadzia.  The name originates from the German Hedwig– hadu meaning “battle” and wig meaning “fight”.  … Continue reading

September 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

L is for Lusia, Lodzia and Łódź

So, the city that I’m going to tell you a little about, Łódź, is pronounced Wooj, or something very like that.  I have never actually visited this city, which is … Continue reading

September 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

J is for João and “javali”

João 1 was King of Portugal and the Algarves from 1385 to 1433.  He came to the throne after a 2 year period of political anarchy, when Castile was laying … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Z is for Zgorzelec and Zakopane

I expect some of you have heard of Zakopane, in the Tatry Mountains in Poland? Zgorzelec, maybe not, but it is a town of great significance for me. It’s the … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

T is for the Tavira Vase

Now this may not be what you’re expecting, but I’m well aware that I’ve filled pages with the delights of Tavira, in Portugal’s Eastern Algarve.  So I thought I’d dedicate … Continue reading

March 6, 2013 · 2 Comments

O is for Olhão

From its situation on the Ria Formosa, it was always obvious that Olhão would make a fine fishing port. The town’s growth was enabled by a large spring or olho … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

W is for Warsaw

I gazed in awe at Plac Zamkowy, Castle Square, with its serene Royal Palace, barely believing that this was all reconstruction.  I said that I don’t have an emotional connection … Continue reading

February 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

K is for Krakow

  Polish cities have had to be masters of the art of survival.  Nowhere is this better illlustrated than in Kraków, Poland’s ancient capital and seat of its kings for … Continue reading

February 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

S is for Sumol

Probably anyone who ever even just passed through Portugal saw or tried Sumol or/and Compal. Sumol + Compal ( is a merge between two Portuguese companies. In the crisis they wanted to shut … Continue reading

July 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

X is for Xenophobia

For letter X of my A-Z of the Dominican Republic I am looking at  X for Xenophobia. Xenophobia comes from the Greek xenos meaning stranger or foreigner and phobosmeaning fear, so literally it … Continue reading

June 4, 2012 · 1 Comment

I is for Iglesia

On Sundays here in the barrio I can hear singing and shouting and clapping from around eight churches, and that is just those I can hear from my house. God … Continue reading

February 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

H is for Handkerchiefs of Love; a Romantic Portuguese Tradition

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which seems the perfect time to mention the wonderful embroidered handkerchiefs of northern Portugal. You can find them, or products inspired by them, in most souvenir shops in … Continue reading

February 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

My A-Z of The Netherlands: A is for Almere

  Almere is the youngest city of The Netherlands. Situated in Flevoland, the most recent province of the country, the first house was finished in 1976. Named after the early … Continue reading

February 6, 2012

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