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Have you thought about sleeping in a train station?! That’s right .. We explain!

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The idea of sleeping in a train station can initially be viewed with some suspicion being associated with traveler ” backpacking “. But sleeping in a train station is no longer just an occasional overnight site and appeal, can enjoy stays at some stations with every comfort, worthy of prestigious hotels. We explain why: Disabled by CP ( Train Portugal ), several stations were put for sale, having been a reuse of this heritage of an extraordinary and intelligent way. Converted to inns , hostels and hostels , this new concept offers you different options than usual for a holiday or simply for a weekend getaway weekend . Get to know these 3 cases and 2 others where the stations where they belong still operate.

Train Spot Guesthouse (Marvão)

Being the last station of the old branch Caceres before the Spanish border, Marvão – Beira , was deactivated in February 2011 , having been placed infrastructure for sale by CP . Transformed into a hostel , the Train Spot Guesthouse is located in the old train station , 8 kilometers from the medieval village of Marvão. In addition to the panels of tiles typical of the most beautiful in the country train stations , the hostel has dorms and private rooms . And a common kitchen. What is striking , however, it is the spectacular living room. Old main wing of the station restaurant, still has the wooden ceiling, checkered floor and the characteristic geometric design tiles.


Queen Leonor Inn (Cabeço de Vide)

With only 5 rooms, small hotel is housed in the former train station of Cabeço – of -Vide the old extension Portalegre off for over 25 years. The graceful lines of the building stands the magnificent panels L. Batistini tile dated 1933. With 6 bedrooms, 4 doubles and 2 singles, you can relax and enjoy the calm of the Alentejo. If you prefer more privacy can opt for a T0 that are located in the former home of the staff, and you can also enjoy a unique cuisine in the restaurant transformed the old pier discharges.


Destino Pension (Castelo de Vide)

Installed in the former railway station of Castelo de Vide, not in the center of Castelo de Vide , which gives you the calm of the Alto Alentejo . It is one of the most unique options in the hotels concerned. With simple rooms, well appointed, and a breakfast that delights its visitors, is one of the options to consider for a holiday or just for a getaway in the Alentejo quiet.


Lisbon Destination Hostel (Rossio Train Station)

Located on the 2nd floor of the Rossio train station, Lisbon Destination Hostel offers private rooms or shared typically this type of accommodation. With a cinema , bar, very bright rooms overlooking the Rossio and its excellent location make this hostel a favorite of young foreigners because it is 5 minutes from the Bairro Alto.


Sunset Destination Hostel (Cais-do-Sodré Train Station)

A favorite of Millennials , 10 minutes from Bairro Alto this hostel inserted at the Cais -do- Sodré station. It lies in the center of Lisbon , offering rooms and shared dormitories overlooking the Tagus . It features a panoramic terrace with magnificent views where the pool and bar . Welcomes young people from the 4 corners of the world. It is the mirror that the fact that the official hostel site have 7 different languages ​​such as Korean and Russian.


The thoroughbred Lusitanian horse, you know its origin ?

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The Thoroughbred Lusitano (PSL) is a breed of horses of Portuguese origin, and the oldest western saddle hordse.

This breed, which is thought to be mounted for over five thousand years, has been used in agriculture in battles and today in shows, events, riding schools and even by the police, due to its extraordinary versatility.

The thoroughbred Lusitanian breed evolved from primitive horses existing in the Iberian Peninsula such as resistant sorraia and brave Arabic. The thoroughbred Lusitanian, features natural aptitude for high school (Haute École) and air exercise, revealing not only in bullfighting and classical riding but also in federal equestrian disciplines such as dressage, obstacles, coupling and in particular, riding work, being on a par with the best specialists of the sport.

This race has given rise to other like Campolina is sought primarily by buyers from the north of Europe, Asia and Middle East, with prices that can reach one million euros, the price of five ferraris.

It is a large horse, about 160 cm. The head is medium sized, slender, with fine and medium ears. The eyes have a lively and determined expression. The chest is deep and well-developed side. The shoulder blades are long and strong croup. It is muscular, with rounded lines and comes adorned with a thick mane, long and silky. The Lusitanian weigh about 1100 lbs.


Do you know which are the fastest trains in the world today?

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Europe is one of the best continents served by railways, having pioneered the construction of this type of transport.

It emerged in Europe in the 19th-century, during the industrial revolution because of the necessity to find more effective ways to not only transport the raw materials to the factories but also proceed is shipping products ready to be delivered.

The first public railway in the world was opened in England in 1825. In 1830 started massive construction of rail lines that would link several cities , especially in England and continental Europe.

With the advancement of technology , they developed trains that seem emerging from science fiction movies .

We can find throughout the world , trains powered gas turbines , renewable energy or magnetic levitation .

These are the 10 fastest trains in the world at present :

SCMaglev – average speed 320km/h (record 603Km/h) – Japan


TGV – average speed 320km/h (record 575km/h) – France


Shangai Maglev – average speed 350km/h (record 501km/h) – China


KTX – average speed 300 km/h (record 421km/h) – South Corea


Ave – average speed 320 km/h (record 404 km/h) – Spain


Frecciarossa 1000 – average speed 300 km/h (record 400 km/h) – Italy


ICE – average speed 320 km/h (record 368 km/h) – Germany


Italo – average speed 300 km/h ( record 362 km/h) – Italy

YHT – average speed 250 km/h ( record 303 km/h) – Turkey

SJ – average speed 200 km/h (record 303 km/h) – Sweden


Stone’s Soup. You know its origin?

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It is a typical soup of Portugal cuisine, in particular the city of Almeirim, in the heart of the Ribatejo region, considered the "capital of stone soup."
Considered by many as one of the seven wonders of Portuguese cuisine, it was once considered the soup of poor people because it is easy to 
prepare and is not necessary very fancy ingredients, varying depending on the economic possibilities of each family.

The legend says:
One day a poor and hungry friar, who was on pilgrimage came to a village and knocked on the door of a old folks home, and too proud to simply ask for food, 
showed a stone and said he wanted to do with a soup with her, and It would need only a pot and a little water.The hosts, unbelievers ask: 
- With this stone? We want to see it. That's what the friar wanted to hear...
They let him in and gave him the pot. He put it on the fire with the stone alone, 
and the landlady asked about if he would not need anything else. Then he said that he need temper the soup ... to get better, he asked for a bit of olive oil. 
The woman then offered him along with olive oil, a little bit of salt, and then the friar replied that, good good, it would be a bit of bacon.
Then he said he needed something to thicken the soup, like potato or bean leftovers from other meals ... And so he thickened the soup.
Then he said he needed to give a little more color and flavor to the soup and that way he put the hostess on the run. She grabbed some meat, sausages, 
chispo, coriander etc, etc..
After a while, the soup comes to a boil and began to feel a phenomenal aroma.
After the meal, the old men, looking suspicious to the stone in the bottom of the pot, questioned the friar:
- What about the stone?
And the friar replied with a trickster smile:
- The stone? The stone will now clear it, and will serve to get the next meal.

Stone Soup Recipe:

June 10 – Did you know …

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This day is celebrated since the establishment of the republic in Portugal in 1910, to mark the death of the poet Luis Vaz de Camões in 1580.
It is also the Day of the Holy Guardian Angel of Portugal? The devotion to this saint has existed since the creation of our country, which in 1504 was created an annual celebration to this devotion, that was lost in time and in 1952 was included in Portuguese liturgical calendar to celebrate the Day of Portugal.

Even during the dictatorship of Estado Novo from 1933 until the Revolution of April 25, in 1974, this celebration was held and the day called the day of Camoes, Portugal and Race.
This day began to be particularly exalted during the Estado Novo regime, becoming celebrated nationally.
The regime wanted, with the celebration of the “Day of Race”, to underline the originality of the Portuguese people in relation to other Europeans, because this people was one of the oldest, that had a history of centuries and a colonial empire that no other had.
It was this “portuguese race” that the Estado Novo intended to glorify.
This historic exaltation functioned as a kind of support to the system, being used as a propaganda tool.
An example of such official ceremonies of propaganda, was the inauguration of the National Stadium (Stadium of Jamor) that was precisely the June 10, 1944.
After April 25, 1974, this day became known as the “Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities”



Túmulo de Luís Vaz de Camões – Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Lisboa)