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Posted on Mar 3, 2015 by in LEARN | 0 comments

portugal_flag_headerWe couldn’t visit Spain without heading west to explore Portugal!  My hubby enjoys sipping port…. but there’s much more to this beautiful land than that. Let’s find out.

PASSPORTS

Stamped their passports with date, country, capitol, flag and languages noted.

MAPPING

Barcelos Cock - cutout construction paper collage with white paint

Barcelos Cock – cutout construction paper collage with white paint

ABOUT PORTUGAL

LANDFORMS/WATER

  • Azores and Madeira Islands
  • Pico Volcano – highest point in Portugal – Azores, Island of Pico
  • rolling hills
  • scattered mountains
  • coastal plains
  • Cantabrian Mountains along Spain
  • islands and islets
  • limestone caves and grottoes
  • rivers
  • no inland lakes
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Iberian peninsula
3 watercolor tile designs with sharpie pen - scanned into computer and then made into mosaic patterns

3 watercolor tile designs with sharpie pen – scanned into computer and then made into mosaic patterns

ART/CRAFTS

FOOD

collage_portugal

ANIMALS/FAUNA

HISTORY

  • Moors settled from N. Africa in 711
  • Moors pushed out of Iberia by Christian armies by 9th Centuray under Christian rule
  • kingdom until 1910 > republic
  • once ruled by dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar until 1970
  • Carnation Revolution – rebels wore red carnations then in 1976 became democratic
  • seafaring history, with large overseas empire “Age of Discovery”

CULTURE

ARCHITECTURAL LANDMARKS / WONDERS

FAMOUS PEOPLE

IMPRESSIONS

Portugal may be smaller than Spain, but has a lot of rich and far reaching history, a vibrant Port industry, interesting cuisine, beautiful landscapes and a large influence on culture around the world – namely Brazil and even Hawaii.  The Portugese Barbecue Chicken was AMAZING – so happy that we tried that recipe – it’s a keeper.  The meringues…. were a sticky flop. If we make again won’t follow the heat and time directions but go long and low to dry them out more. The custards were so-so but only because I used ‘fill-able’ puff pastry instead of the sheets.  If I used the sheets… would have been better. The custard itself I’d look for a different recipe as well.  BamBam really became a great little Chef – he loved every part of it. Reading and writing the ingredients (without my asking to either….), putting the parts in, stirring etc…. it’s fun watching him blossom in new ways!  Pebbles is always art driven, and she loved to do the aquarelle pencil painting and knitting.  Besides the food exploration, we really enjoyed watching the videos touring Portugal. A vibrant and colorful country – would love to visit one day.

The next country we’ll learn about will be ANDORRA! Then off to GERMANY.

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