segunda-feira, 30 de janeiro de 2012

How to cook portuguese recipes (Portuguese Essentials)

Food Safari - Portuguese flavours

I found an interesting video that promotes portuguese food and culture. Very, very good!

If you are curious about it, have a look:

Learn how to cook Portuguese recipes

Backed octopus with sweet potatoes, tomato and ginger stew

Clams Bulhão Pato Style

Guimarães - European Capital of Culture

Guimarães, tucked in a valley in the far north of Portugal and often referred to as the birthplace of the Portuguese state, has been designated a European Capital of Culture for 2012. That means that visitors this year are in for a treat: an added load of cultural activities in a very interesting corner of Portugal.
The Cultural Capital year in Guimarães called for a kick-off party, and it was held yesterday. I'll let Julie Fox tell you about it:
Fireworks? Tick. Orchestra? Tick. Massive crowds? Tick. A knight in the air? Tick. Psychedelic lights and stunning graphics projected onto buildings? Tick. Gigantic metal horse and fibreglass man puppets? Tick. What more could anyone possibly want from an opening event? An all night street party? Oh, all right then, if you insist; after all, this is the beginning of a year of culture and festivities in Guimarães.

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quarta-feira, 25 de janeiro de 2012

Blog visitants

Until today, 204 people have visited our blog. We had Portuguese, Spanish, German, Turkish, Austrian and Russian visitants.
We have been in touch with teachers and students of other nationalities.
This way we can improve our English, know other people and different cultures. This enriches our work!
Thanks for your visit!

U2 - Ireland

One of only a few bands to achieve consistent commercial and critical success across three decades, U2 has charted success on its own terms on both the artistic and business sides of the music industry. From the band's earliest days in Dublin, Ireland, to the present, U2 has broken free from the traditional limitations of what a rock band -- and rock music -- could and couldn't do. By combining an original sound with honest lyrics and a challenging social message, U2 has earned the respect of their peers and critics, and an almost fanatical following of fans around the world. This is their story.

Photos of Ireland



Ø Location: Ireland is an island in north-western Europe.  The Republic of Ireland (Irish: Éire) is a nation state of Western Europe. It constitutes the main portion of (the island of) Ireland, and is bounded to the northeast by Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom

Ø Capital  (and largest city): Dublin

§  The island of Ireland has two distinct jurisdictions:

§  Ireland (political description is the Republic of Ireland), a sovereign state, covers five-sixths of the island. Its capital is Dublin.

§  Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, covers the remaining sixth. Its capital is Belfast.

Ø Official languages: English, Irish.

§  Ireland is bilingual but predominantly English speaking;

§  “Irish” is the first official language, the second most commonly spoken language.

Ø Government: Parliamentary Democracy.

Ø Formation: 

§  In 1800, the British and subsequently the unrepresentative Irish Parliament passed the Act of Union which, in 1801, merged the Kingdom of Ireland and the Kingdom of Great Britain to create the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.  Ireland became part of an extended United Kingdom, ruled directly by the UK Parliament in London.

from the United Kingdom 

§ In 1937, the electorate accepted in a referendum, a new constitution which renamed the state "Éire or in the English language, Ireland".

Ø  European Union Accession: 1st January 1973

Ø  Currency:  Euro (EUR).

Ø  Climate: Typically insular.

§ Overall, Ireland has a mild, but changeable, Oceanic climate with few extremes. The warmest recorded air temperature was 33.3°C (91.94 °F) at Kilkenny Castle, County Kilkenny, where as the lowest recorded temperature was −19.1 °C (−2.38 °F) at Markree Castle, County Sligo.

§ The climate is typically insular, and as a result of the moderating moist winds which ordinarily prevail from the South-Western Atlantic, it is temperate, avoiding the extremes in temperature of many other global areas sharing similar latitudes.

Ø  Geography:

§  Ireland includes low central plains surrounded by mountains and the island is bisected by the River Shannon with the longest estuary. Along the rivers there are so many lakes; with the largest is the “Lough Neagh”.

§  The geography of Ireland describes an island in northwest Europe in the North Atlantic Ocean. The main geographical features of Ireland include low central plains surrounded by a ring of coastal mountains. The highest peak is “Carrauntoohil”, which is 1,041 m (3,414 ft) above sea level.

§  The western coastline is rugged, with many islands, peninsulas, and headlands.                                               

§  The island is bisected by the “River Shannon”, which at 259 km (161 s) with a 113 km (70 miles) estuary is the longest river in Ireland and flows south from “County Cavan” in the north to meet the Atlantic just south of Limerick. There are a number of sizable lakes along Ireland's rivers, with “Lough Neagh” being the largest.

Ø  Economy:

§  Southeast Ireland (County Carlow, County Kilkenny, County Waterford, County Wexford). A rather cosmopolitan section of Ireland, famous for its Waterford crystal. Many famous designers have contributed to the collections ranging from glass tumblers to chandeliers.

§  Shannon Region (County Clare, County Limerick, County Tipperary)
A region often visited for its castles and the awe-inspiring
Cliffs of Moher.

§  Dublin is a very popular tourist destination and is the fourth most visited European capital.

§  Cork second largest city in the Republic of Ireland and known for good food, pubs, shopping and festivals.- located on the banks of the River Lee.

§  Galway hosts over fifty festivals a year, including the Galway Oyster Festival. The locals seem to give off a positive Bohemian vibe.
Ø  Religion:  Ireland society is mainly Roman Catholic.

Ø  Famous people:

§ Classical music, or Art music as it is sometimes known, has produced a number of successful composers including Thomas Moore and Turlough Ó Carolan. John Field, who lived in the early Romantic era has been credited with the creation of the nocturne form, later developed by the young Frédéric Chopin.

§ Today, the best-known living Irish composer is Gerald Barry whose operatic works have been particularly successful in the UK and Europe.

§ Music: Choral music in Ireland, has produced one of the most successful choirs in the world Anúna, who, while best known for their contribution to Riverdance in the early 1990s, have also been nominated for a Classical Brit Award in the UK and were invited to give the first ever Irish Prom at the BBC Proms series in the Royal Albert Hall in 1999.

Important sites

of Site

The World Heritage List

This is UNESCO's World Heritage list of Nations and links to information about those nations.




Monuments of Europe


European Monuments
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sexta-feira, 13 de janeiro de 2012

Anne Frank - the Netherlands

Annelisse Maria Frank, mais conhecida como Anne Frank (Frankfurt am Main, 12 de Junho de 1929Bergen-Belsen, 31 de Março de 1945), foi uma adolescente alemã de origem judaica, vítima do holocausto, que morreu aos quinze anos de idade num campo de concentração. Ela tornou-se mundialmente famosa com a publicação póstuma de seu diário, no qual escrevia as experiências do período em que sua família se escondeu da perseguição aos judeus dos Países Baixos. O conjunto de relatos, que recebeu o nome de Diário de Anne Frank, foi publicado pela primeira vez em 1947 e é considerado um dos livros mais importantes do século XX.