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Bringing the Wold Home: Portugal

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ūüé∂  Summer Summer Summertime, time to sit back and unwind ūüé∂

Most asked question: How can you leave your boutique behind when you travel?

I swear leaving my boutique is so hard, but my husband and I made a commitment long ago to travel to get away from the stresses of life.  There have been times I've cried because I don't want to leave my shop, he says I live here thus I must go!  He's right, when I go I come back reinvigorated and happy.  Yes it can be exhausting catching flights and buses at crazy hours while lugging suitcases kids and parents..still I wouldn't have it any other way.  Not complaining. We've been a world traveling family for the last 17 years, it was something we said we would always do no matter how far or close we traveled we would always be exploring. Thankfully I've found people I trust to take care of my baby. 

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We first thought about going to Portugal when I discovered my family name Araujo is actually Portuguese from Galicia formerly a northern area of Spain.  As I realized this, I began to research more things about this country.  The name is pronounced with the "j" sounding like a hard g or x,  almost ch. The name is much more popular in Brazil than in Mexico, which makes me think about how we are all interconnected in this world.  So Cool!

Upon arriving in Lisbon I realize this was so reminiscent of Italy, the city streets are bustling and there is a clean fresh quality to it.   It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and its architecture has a distinct Arabic influence due to the invasion of the Moors during the middle ages.  I wanted to stop at the artsy spots to take photos annoying my kids along the way.  The Graffiti culture is also quite prevalent, numerous Portuguese artists are commissioned to do walls in the center of Lisbon. 

Mural by Portuguese Artist Joana Vasconcelos in Parque Da Cidade do Porto

Mural by Portuguese Artist Joana Vasconcelos in Parque Da Cidade do Porto

Portugal happens to be a very colorful country, multi colored tiles embody the fun and artistry of the people.  Painted ceramic tile work or Azulejos are found on the inside and outside of churches, palaces, ordinary houses, restaurants, bars and even subway stations.

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Much of the jewelry I brought back I found in a small artisan market in Lisbon, and it consists of fun mini tiles, cork and porcelain.  

PORTO AND WINE COUNTRY PART II

Peso de Regua Portugal Duoro Wine Country 

Peso de Regua Portugal Duoro Wine Country