Test your cultural expertise with our weekly quiz question. This week’s question is from Belgium, which is divided into two main regions – Flanders (in the North) and Wallonia (in the South).
Eating patterns differ between the northern and the southern parts of Belgium. Which pays more attention to tradition and family in mealtime habits?
Today Portugal celebrates Our Lady of Conception’s Day. She was proclaimed the godmother and Queen of Portugal on March, 25, 1646, by the Portuguese King D. Joao IV, during the Independence Restoration wars (1640-1668) and after sixty years of Spanish rule (1580-1640). The kings of Portugal have never worn the Portuguese Crown again. The Portuguese monarchy ended in 1910.
In this post we’ll explore some historical traces of Portugal around Europe.
Zamora (Spain): birth of the Portuguese nation
The 5th of October 1143, in Zamora, in the Kingdom of Castilla y Leon (Castile and León) a treaty was signed between the King of León and Castile, Alfonso VII, and the King of Portugal, Afonso Henriques. By this treaty, Portugal became an independent country and the oldest European nation. Last summer vacation, on my way to Portugal, I visited Zamora Cathedral, where the treaty was signed and my country, legally, was born. As you may guess, it was a very special moment for me.
‘A perfect lunch’ from seikinsou, from the Cercle des Voyageurs cafe in Brussels. Thanks for sharing it!
Seikinsou writes: “I enjoyed my tagliatelle with a creamy and delicious Madras curry sauce (very mild… it could have been a lot hotter for me), some brown bread and a pot of masala tea, followed by the very best Dame Noire ice cream (chocolate ice cream with a hot chocolate sauce) I have ever had”
I think we would all like to try it…
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