Pasteis de Belem, RTP on-line, Mosquitos.

Pasteis de Belem

I’m sure I have blogged on this before, but a recent twitter feed reminded me of a very popular – indeed famous – cafe on the outskirts of Lisbon. Having been lucky enough to visit a couple of times I can recommend it as a must for anybody visiting the capital – I do not have a sweet tooth but the experience is memorable as people queue for the world-famous Pastel de Nata baked within the huge complex of rooms and serving counters at Pasteis de Belem – just outside the capital heading west on the Tejo/Tagus estuary towards Cascais. It is, in effect, a super-cafe, whose history, according to it’s web site’ dates back to its association with a monastry. As a result of the liberal revolution of 1820, all convents and monasteries in Portugal were shut down in 1834, and the clergy and labourers expelled. In an attempt at survival, someone from the monastery offered sweet pastries for sale in the shop; pastries that rapidly became known as ‘Pasteis de Belém’. At that period the area of Belém was still viewed as being far from the city of Lisbon and had a steam-boat service. At the same time, the grandeur of the monastery and the Torre de Belém (the Belém Tower) attracted visitors who soon grew used to savouring the delicious pastries originated in the monastery.

imageIn 1837, the baking of the ‘Pasteis de Belém’ was begun in buildings joined to the refinery, following the ancient ‘secret recipe’ from the monastery. “Passed on and known exclusively to the master confectioners who hand-crafted the pastries in the ‘secrets room’, this recipe remained unchanged to the present day”.

Certainly is busy nowadays – hugely popular – rated 8th out of 1400+ restaurants in Lisbon on TripAdvisor:

Great You Tube video at

RTP Madeira

I hadn’t realised what a good on-line presence RTP has, including RTP Madeira



Somebody at the clothing outlet Rohan has obviously been reading the blog; the following mail-shot dropped into my inbox overnight:



A photo taken at Rua Nova Quinta Deão in Funchal sent into the Diario on-line yesterday by a reader (photo: David Henriques). The guy is obviously a seasoned levada walker! For somebody who regards a bar-stool as the maximum comfortable distance off ground level this is unthinkable! No idea what he is doing?

14 thoughts on “Pasteis de Belem, RTP on-line, Mosquitos.”

  1. Hi Admin

    The spammers and bots are very out of control, when they get through they can crash not just sites but servers as we had in Ireland recently, it made the news then everyone blamed Merkel, some really funny status’s on facebook

    I have a magento, prestashop and phpfox site as I find the cms much easier to work than adding pages to wordpress and easier to moderate.

    I remember this site years ago when it was fairly quiet, I can only imagine how much time you waste on spammers now that it is so much busier…….and how many genuine comments get missed

    I managed something supposedly impossible when I was doing a banning cull……..I banned myself as Admin……it took 3 days and random strangers up for a challenge to get me back in lol

  2. The picture above made me remember the thought I had whilst looking out of my 11th floor hotel window at a workman without any safety harness and not far below eye level dismantling Christmas Tree lights in Madeira.
    I imagined some harassed Health and Safety officer on holiday escaping the stress of his UK job looking out of an adjacent window and having a heart attack.

  3. Funnily enough Tracie, very few genuine comments are filtered out. The spammers seem to register with a user name and E-mail address, which allows them to post, but then get caught by the askimet spam filters because of subjects or key-words. Askimet has “caught” 75,847 “Comments” in the last 6 months.

  4. The gentleman outside the apartment window can only fall about a maximum of four feet onto the floor of the balcony immediately below him.

    Darwin’s theory of natural selection also applies to people who can’t see clearly, as they are more likely to be easily attacked by predators !!

  5. Survival of the fittest? Indeed.
    So how come Bertie has lasted so long?
    Darwin omitted monetary considerations in his works.
    Natural selection contaminated by fiscal input.
    The missing link then!

  6. Admin, Love the new weather link – details (& compliments) appreciated = and looking out of my window I can confirm that it is drizzling over the Airport!

    Dew point & temp “enough” apart to prevent “fog” low cloud…..I am surprised at the high pressure though giving us this damp/dark/coolish weather – should be better!

  7. If Spiderman is outside his balcony when he falls then, as Newton’s laws predict, he will miss the lower floor because if it is not directly beneath him.
    He might grab at a projection on his way down however, saving a mess on the ground, which again shows Darwin’s Law to be a good indicator.
    His floor could be such a projection, but the image is too small to judge such an outcome.
    Because of the increasing danger of predators roaming freely in my domain, I have invested a huge proportion of my State Pension in 2 pairs (one and a spare) four axis Panasonic variafocal spectacles with automatic sun dimming.
    Can’t see a blessed thing now though!

  8. Diario had an article about a Facebook page that has some great old pictures of Madeira


    Didn’t know that there was once a railway connecting Monte to Funchal, and the picture of the house(?) built over Ribeira de Santa Luzia looks beyond belief that anyone would even try/want to do that!

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