The North Of Portugal – The Ajdua

November 29th.-It is an old adage that ” one must have a good constitution to travel in Spain.” The same was true of Portugal, which was a part of the Iberian Peninsula, and whose hills, and valleys, and plains, and crags were and are only divided from Spain by an imaginary line. In many respects […]

Portugal – Coimbra – Camcensem Dona Telles – Pombal

November 20th.—”It seems to me Portugal has seen a great deal of fighting,” said Mrs. Loring, as we sat last evening over our good wood fire at the Lawrence in Cintra, looking back over what we had seen, and for-ward to what we might see. ” There is no doubt about that,” said I ; […]

Portugal – Lisbon

December 19th.-The brilliant days still continue. While the thermometer is twelve degrees below zero in New England, and snow-drifts fill the valleys of Arizona, and Constantinople is buried in a heavy winter storm, the days here are refulgent—not too warm, but fresh, brisk, cool, and invigorating. The great event is the arrival of Dom Pedro […]

The Heroes And Gardens Of Cintra

November 28th.-The season in Cintra is over ; the air is growing too cool for comfort without fires ; the streets do not dry readily after a shower ; the heavy mists drive up from the sea and becloud the hill-tops ; and although the foliage still adorns most of the forests the trees have […]

Lisbon – Antiquity – Architecture

April 4th.—When I returned from Rome I found Chester here, who loved art and knew all the artists, and never put brush to canvas nor finger to clay ; who loved books and was intimate with all good authors, and never wrote a volume ; who was welcome at the fireside of all great thinkers, […]

Portugal – Cintra

October 15th.—I have just had a visit from the Mar-quis of Ailsa, whoso home is on the Clyde, and whose large landed estate of nearly 80,000 acres in Scotland resembles somewhat the great tract of picturesque territory which constitutes the pasture lands of Essex County. The Marquis came to Lisbon in his yacht Titania, on […]

Portugal – Literature – Sculpture – Palaces

April 8th.—Having studied the churches, Chester turned his attention to the literature of Lisbon. Of course he was first attracted by Camoens, the poet of Portugal, whose statue towers above the square on which it stands—a colossal bronze presentment of the once abused and now deified author, mounted on a lofty marble pedestal, around which […]

Portugal – Lisbon – Boston

June 1, 1890.—My mission to Portugal has come to an end, and I sail today in the steamer Lanfranc for Liverpool and thence for Boston, where I can land in the neighborhood of my own home. To bid farewell to Portugal seems to be a very simple matter, but when I recall the events of […]

Portugal – Cintra And Mafra

Too much cannot be said of the beauty of this renowned spot. Its striking loveliness consists of a section of deep ravines, lofty heights, bare and rocky summits, luxuriant gardens whose foliage vies with the tropics, a lofty Moorish palace, whose twin turrets are the chimneys of the kitchen ; winding narrow streets half the […]

Portuguese Agriculture

I have entered upon an agricultural investigation, and propose to record a view of the only industry for which Portugal is distinguished. It is natural that I, who have been so long interested in the agriculture of my own country, should be curious to know about the farming of this country, which was ancient before […]