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Congratulations Carl! (Hyde)

Looks like today was a big day in Portuguese real estate as "the most prestigious and successful luxury Real Estate brand in the US", The Agency has arrived.

What's more, GMP! monthly resident - 'The Englishman in Lisbon', Carl Hyde - is part of the team.

"I am very proud to say that I have been selected to join this distinguished group as a Luxury Real Estate Agent," Carl tells us. "I will be part of the 'Kirby-Higgs Group', a team of agents whose focus is on delivering the highest level of service to each and every one of our clients!"

Created by Mauricio Umansky, the real estate legend and star of the hit Netflix series, Buying Beverly Hills, The Agency, along with its phenomenal team of agents and partners are expanding globally.

"It is a privilege to be a part of this extraordinary journey," adds Carl. "I AM RED! And I'm looking forward to working with you all."

The Agency online

Lurch for the Merch!

Please let me know which is your favourite (or even pre-order) via WhatsApp

A - 'Who doesn't like...' MUG

B - 'Be Portuguese about it' MUG

Processionary caterpillar ALERT!

As Head Gardener McGrady pointed out on the show this morning, be aware of these fascinating yet very toxic creatures, who are on the move at the moment.

They can be extremely harmful to children and pets, who are understandably curious about their appearance and processionary behaviour.

New informative & fun collaboration for finding YOUR HOME in Portugal, launches 1st February 2023

Interest in choosing PORTUGAL as a new home, or an exciting location for investment, is showing no sign of letting up as we begin to see the impact of the new year. Survey after survey, and continued international interest, are clearly bringing the western frontier of Europe to more and more global eyes. 

A new partnership - created by Ur Home and Good Morning Portugal! - is a powerful sign of such international notoriety, where these two organisations are bringing together the best in international real estate with Portugal’s informative and fun daily livestream and podcast.

“I'm in love with Portugal and when you genuinely like what you're doing and the land you're in, it's impossible not to publicise it,” says Ur Home’s founder and CEO Bobby O'Reilly, a veteran specialist in international real estate investing. “The Ur Home team is delighted to be working with Good Morning Portugal! who, like us, love the Portuguese way of life and the amazing opportunities that exist here.”

With decades of experience in the international and Portuguese real estate market, with a great understanding of property trends, and investment models that cater to different investor profiles, Ur Home will be showcasing all that’s good and great about Portugal on the daily YouTube, Facebook and podcast shows that Good Morning Portugal! are producing for a fast-growing and curious audience.

“Our aim is to inform, inspire and entertain people who are wondering about Portugal, and for the expats who are already here,” says GMP! founder and daily show presenter Carl Munson. “Ur Home and Bobby are not just top professionals in Portuguese real estate, they love and live the dream here and will be sharing really valuable authentic and personal experience of life here.”

The collaboration will be available to the eyes and ears of the ‘Portugal-curious’ from Wednesday 1st February with Bobby O'Reilly in a candid and helpful twice-monthly residency. Appearances from the Ur Home team with useful information about investing in Portugal, everyday life and the latest news and pointers about Portuguese living will follow.

Find Ur Home (and their amazing new Herdade Do Meio development) here -


Coach Turner's Tummy Tamer Tips

We are growing old disgracefully with the help of Coach Ian Turner, who shares some tummy-taming tips here.

More 50+ Vitality on our website -

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Hello America, this is Portugal!

Join us for our first 'Hello America, this is Portugal!' - the Livestream Q&A for the 'Portugal-curious' - at a time to suit YOU, our American viewers and friends!

Every week, we will kick off with news from Portugal that will keep you up-to-date.

Make sure to jin us in the chat to ask questions, AND call in during the second half of the show if you want to talk, in-person, with Carl Munson, host of The Good Morning Portugal! show, who has inspired and helped countless people to get interested in AND move to Portugal.

Sign up for support and community if you are ready to move here 

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(Our currency partner) Spartan win Feefo Platinum Trusted Award for 2023

Spartan FX has won the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award, an independent seal of excellence, which recognises businesses that consistently deliver a world-class customer experience. 

Feefo established the Trusted Service Awards in 2014 to recognise brands that use the platform to collect verified reviews and receive exceptional feedback from their customers. The awards are unique because they truly reflect a business's dedication to providing outstanding customer service by analysing feedback from real customers.

Gary Steadman, Director at Spartan FX, commented: "After winning the Feefo Gold award in 2021 and 2022, it’s an honour to be awarded the Platinum Service award for 2023 as it’s the first time we’ve been eligible for it. Spartan FX has been built on having customer service as one of its core values. Being awarded the platinum service award by Feefo means everything to us, as it’s given based on independent reviews left by real customers that experience the service we offer."

"I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank all of the team here at Spartan FX for maintaining the excellent standards of service that this business was founded upon and to thank all of our customers [you GuMPers know who you are] that took the time to write genuine and honest reviews of the experience that they have had with us.”

Congratulating Spartan FX, Tony Wheble, CEO at Feefo, said: “This year has been a difficult one for so many businesses. I’m delighted to recognise thousands of our clients that have overcome various challenges to provide such high levels of customer service and satisfaction.“

"The Trusted Service Awards have always been about recognising companies that go way beyond the norm in customer service and in turn receive great feedback from delighted customers," said Tony.

“A particular congratulations to Spartan FX for winning a Platinum Trusted Service Award by providing great customer service consistently over a number of years. I look forward to seeing them continue to achieve next year and beyond.”    

Portugal Culture Shock for an American

It's taken me a while to take the time and enjoy 'Dave in Portugal'. 

This video is a few months old, and has some great insights from a US expat POV.

As ever, the comments are as illuminating as the content.

I think we should get Dave on the show soon!

New 'Ayurveda, Creating Balance' workshops for Silver Coast

"Establishing practices of self-care, and daily routines keep us balanced, nourished, vibrant, and able to be fully present for what life offers.  These practices are essential to sharing our best selves each day. "

Further details:

Let's make Les a STAR!

Let's see if we can make Les a global star, he truly deserves a big following having been an online entertainer since the pandemic hit - sharing a song every week to keep people's spirits up, put a smile on their face and a song in their heart.

This week's tune, as we create Les's own web page and YouTube playlist, is Here In My Heart as recorded by Al Martino.

Subscribe for Les's weekly offerings here

GUMPERS do it on the beach! 

"We invite all GuMP'ers to do the same where they live. A year ago when we stayed in Salir do Porto, we walked to Sao Martinho each day. The first few days we dropped a lot of stuff in the bins at the car park at the boardwalk in SMdP," says Michael Whitby,  pictured here on his daily walk and beach clean-up.

"As days went by, there was visibly less trash and that’s just the two of us. We leave wood and soft paper, but essentially we’re after plastics including plastic fishing net, ropes etc."

"It’s the same here in Sesimbra and we’re not eco-freaks, but we are sailors, and after years of sailing the oceans we have seen some horror stories. Every bit helps!" he adds.

New membership packages launched at Expats Portugal

EP have evolved their membership options to better support you moving to and living in Portugal. We consider them to be "The dream team for the nuts and bolts of migration to Portugal".

Watch the video to find out more, AND help Good Morning Portugal! when you sign up!

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As shared via Brits in Portugal -

When to call INEM on 112 (European Emergency Number) and when to seek advice from the SNS24 line. Helpful info here courtesy of our friends at Safe Communities Portugal.

The General Directorate of Health (DGS), Shared Services of the Ministry of Health (SPMS) and the National Institute of Medical Emergencies (INEM) launch today the Campaign “When to call SNS 24 or INEM?” to raise awareness of the correct use of the lines “808 24 24 24” and “112” by citizens. The inappropriate use of these lines can delay critical responses in time and occupy resources in the wrong way.

With the objective of providing an improvement in the quality of care and guaranteeing the access of users to the most competent body to provide the intended service at any given moment, the campaign compares non-emergent health problems and situations that may involve risk to life, thus clarifying when to use SNS 24 or INEM.

In case of mild or moderate pain, fever, change in blood pressure, itching, persistent cough, persistent crying of the child, diarrhoea or nausea, or other non-emergency situations, the user should contact SNS 24 through the number 808 24 24 24 to receive the appropriate advice. When it comes to an accident with injured people, a suspected stroke, chest pain, choking, difficulty breathing, altered state of consciousness, severe burns or burns in sensitive areas, heavy or uncontrollable bleeding for example, the user should call 112 – European Emergency Number.

In 2022, the SNS 24 Line answered more than nine million calls, the highest number ever. The Urgent Patients Guidance Centres (CODU) of INEM also received more than 1.5 million calls that year, the highest number since records began. Of these calls answered at the INEM CODU, more than 103,000 were transferred to the SNS 24, which represents an average of 280 calls per day that were considered non-urgent and an increase of 10% compared to 2021. 

"Extra dates for cats in Portugal"

More here 

“Orange Flavoured Weekend” returns to Silves

"In order to participate, restaurants in Silves must present a dish made with orange on the days the event takes place. They will also have to include at least one drink produced in the municipality (wine or beer made in the Silves Municipality) on their menu and a dessert made with the citrus fruit," says the Portugal Resident.

See also Frank's bitter orange anecdote

Moving into Merch for 2023! 

We are looking into creating some branded mugs, t-shirts and sex toys for the new year. 

Anyone with a gift for design and/or marketing want to collaborate on this offering to the GMP! community? 

Please message Carl

Festa Dos Tabuleiros 23!

Arguably one of Portugal's greatest civic gatherings, the Festa Dos Tabuleiros retuns this year, in Tomar, this July.

Our very own Filomena Pascoal is organising a trip there, book with her on

See the magic and majesty of this superb event in the video below.

More resources:

Portugal Will Be the First European Housing Bubble To Burst in 2023

"Portugal finds itself in a very challenging environment, as one of the countries in Europe with the lowest GDP per capita, and a soaring real estate market that seems to have no end in sight. While still recovering from the effect the pandemic had on the local economy, due to its over-dependence on the tourism sectors, Portuguese families are finding it hard to keep up with inflation, and rising costs. This coupled with one of the hottest real estate markets in Europe, which prices the average family out of a home is set up to be one of the first European real estate bubbles to..." more

Expats Everywhere video looking at the article

Our Expat Journey to Portugal - 'Takin' the Bull by the Horns'

Andy (& Lola's) 20th episode, made in Portugal!

"As mid-December rolled around it became clear we wouldn't have our D7 visas in time to fly on our original schedule. So we pushed our 1-way flight to early March and decided to do as many have done -- come to Portugal early to get things set up ahead of (OMG I hope) visa approval." - Andy

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Fighting Off Wintertime Sickness … The Portuguese Way!

Slow Checkouts?

Here's that heart-warming story from this morning's show (that made Mrs M cry!), courtesy of Slice of Life on Facebook.

Could this work in Portugal?

Some might say it already does! Everywhere!!

Caldas Da Rainha's 'Zé Povinho' by Bordallo, a Belgian 'Tripel' beer

Drink & Learn...

Who was Zé Povinho? -

Who was Bordallo? -

Find it on the GuMPer Map

Portuguese vocabulary: cerveja, rainha, artesanal

Other references -

With grateful thanks to John Brand for this excellent find and entusiasm for beer!

Been meaning to make life easier with a Revolut or Wise card?

Help yourself with a more convenient way to exchange and manage your money when visiting or living in Portugal and help Good Morning Portugal!  too by using our referral links!

Join me and over 20 million users who love Revolut -  a great online banking facility with multiple currencies, perfect for travelling in Portugal or Wise which I also use, and many other global travellers swear by!

What has thousands of legs and smells of cheese?

Mallika Gardiner Exhibition in Lagos

From GuMPer Clive Gardiner in the Algarve...

"Thrilled and proud that Mallika Gardiner has her first art exhibition in Lagos, Portugal. 

She'll be showing a selection of her work in The Collab Bar for a month or so, after the launch event Saturday 7th January. If you're in the area, please pop by."

The Collab Bar offers a fantastic selection of craft beer, Portuguese natural wine and cocktails as well as delicious Asian streetfood from Take A Bao

You can follow Mallika's artistic endeavours on Instagram at @chedayath_art

'Communities Unite' with Food and Music!

Don’t miss Communities unite’s first event at Capeleira Association. Communities Unite is a group of musicians formed from the Portuguese and expat community who’s aim is to bring people from different nationalities and walks of life together using music. 

This first event is free to attend, but if you would like to book a bbq meal for € 15.00 you will get Chicken, Ribs, rabbit and fries with unlimited wine, water and juice. If you would like to book for the bbq please contact me directly. The event is inside so don’t worry about the weather! 

The bands playing will include Nelson Rodrigues & friends, The Blues Berries, Guilherme & Pedrinho and Jochen. 

Let’s all work together to bring our communities even closer together, while enjoying great music, food and company!

Não perca o primeiro evento da Comunidades unidas na Associação Capeleira. O Communities Unite é um grupo de músicos formado pela comunidade portuguesa e expatriada que tem como objetivo reunir pessoas de diferentes nacionalidades e estilos de vida através da música. A entrada neste primeiro evento é gratuita, mas se quiser reservar uma refeição de churrasco por €15,00 terá direito a Frango, Entrecosto, Coelho e Batata Frita com vinho, água e sumo ilimitados. Se você gostaria de reservar para o churrasco, entre em contato comigo diretamente. O evento é interno, então não se preocupe com o clima! As bandas que vão tocar incluem Nelson Rodrigues & friends, The Blues Berries, Guilherme & Pedrinho e Jochen. Vamos todos trabalhar juntos para aproximar ainda mais nossas comunidades, enquanto desfrutamos de boa música, comida e companhia!

Found on Twitter...

terence fosstodon


Lots of requests for Portugal so here's one. The outlying islands will come in a later version; need to think about and experiment with layout but didn't want to delay sharing any longer.

2023 Dias de Plantação | Tree Planting Days 

In this third phase of the Pai das Donas baldios reforestation, we have 3 hectares to plant with native species. We plant 09:00-12:30 each day of the planting weekends and finish with an open air lunch together.

We will meet on the road between Pai das Donas and Sardal at 09:00 (approximate location There will be signs on each day to direct you to where we'll be planting that day and a member of ArBOR will show you what to do. Dress warmly and bring a bucket, a digging implement, and a water bottle.

Come and help us help nature bring the native forests back to these hills!

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People of Lisbon

Stephen O'Regan: "Happy New Year everyone. Stephen here - producer of People of Lisbon. To mark the new year I made this People of Lisbon supercut. Its simple... but it took an age. Be nice and give the video a LIKE if you like it. As always we are looking for great people to feature on the show... so drop us a line if thats you or you know anyone. Finally if anyone is looking for videography or photography work... look no further than myself and Rita Ansone. Thats it for now... talk soon."

Food & Wine Club: Sonante Dão Tinto

This caught my eye at Intermarche just now, which I'm hoping will pair nicely with burgers tonight. 

I think it's fair to say that the Dão DOC/DOP is a bit of a 'marmite' zone for Portuguese wine lovers, but I'm always keen to give any producers that I've not noticed before,  from any region, a try.

This red is interesting because it features not only national favourites Tinto Roriz and Touriga Nacional grapes, but also the Jaen berry too, which I wasn't aware of.

At 3.99 euros, it's got to be worth a try and I like the effort that's gone into the label and concept. I have the 2020 bottling, best vintages and other background information for this wine is set out at Vivino.

Sonante seems to mean 'sinful' in Portuguese, which confuses me, as I would have guessed it to be 'sonic' or 'resonant'  given the illustration of a complex, Heath-Robinson style instrument on the label!


PS Douro in the headlines again

New for 2023: The Good Morning Portugal! Food and Wine Club 

The Wine club, that has tasted over 50 wines since we started in 2020, returns to include food for 2023.

Join us for our first live tasting and jovial conversation as we sample a twist on the Portuguese classic  - Liquor Beirão - and their D’honra 100 Anos Edition, which marked their centenary producing this legendary, multi-purpose sipper.

We will be back on Monday 2nd January 2023, online on our usual platforms, at 8pm.

As the year unfolds, be there for the inclusion of food tasting and cooking demonstrations too with special guests, inspiring ideas, and of course the best Portugal has to offer our palates and bellies!

Subscribe and get notified here

Food: Great Noodle Find (sub)

I occasionally miss Chinese food, home-cooked like 'Maa' makes or from a more authentic , non-acclimatised restaurant .

Sometimes it's the absence of classic ingredients that is the challenge, so it was a delight to find Portugal's 'Meada' pasta that makes a really good thick noodle - discovered as a searched for the basis of a nice heart-warming, comforting soup in these recently very damp times.

This noodle/pasta is apparently Milanese in origin, and is - as our kids who also now love it, discovered - a tubular design that can take on board a lot of sauce or juice.

I picked up mine  at Intermarché for around a euro for a 500g bag, as I recall, easily enough for a family of 5 (two adults, three kids).

Pictured is my chicken and seafood noodle soup, which went down well with noodle-soaked broth topped with non-traditional yet local fresh herbs! True comfort food based on a little supermarket sleuthing, great Portuguese ingredients and a little adaptation.

If you fancy it, search online for Meada Massa...

From the Archive: Dec 30th - Portugal's 'Route 66'

As featured on the GMP! show 3 years ago, Portugal's Route 2, AKA Route 66 - an epic North-South (or vice-versa) journey .

Map source: unknown

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This from Tig James in the Expats in Portugal Facebook group yesterday...

Yesterday, I had a long discussion with the British Embassy who have asked me to inform UK nationals of the current situation in Portugal and for me to make several requests.

At the end of 2020, approximately 46,000 UK nationals were registered as legally resident in Portugal. By the end of the same year only around 36,000 had registered on the Brexit portal so as to receive the Withdrawal Agreement biometric card (WABC). In total, there are around 37,000 UK nationals now registered on the portal which would include those who arrived towards the end of 2020, prior to Brexit being implemented.

We are aware that a number of UK nationals have left Portugal and, indeed, quite a few did prior to Brexit taking place. However, 10,000 UK nationals not having registered on the Brexit portal is a large number of people and we believe far exceeds the amount that have actually left.

We are aware of five main reasons why people have not registered:

1. We are hearing that people believe if they have been resident in Portugal for a long time they do not need to register on the Brexit portal. I have heard this a few times and it is very much not the case.

ANYONE, if they were resident in Portugal prior to 2021, regardless of length of residency in Portugal (even if you have been a resident for 50 years), mustregister on the Brexit portal to obtain the QR code. The QR code then initiates the process whereby SEF send an email in order for you to book an appointment to obtain the WABC.

2. People believe, because they already have an 'in date' EU residency document or card they do not need to obtain a WABC. The original residency documentation people are in possession of, is for EU citizens only. We are no longer EU citizens, we are now called third country nationals and this form of identification very shortly will no longer be valid for UK nationals.

Many, many institutions in Portugal will not accept the EU residency documentation in UK nationals possession, nor will many Schengen Area border guards. It is essential people register on the Brexit portal and obtain their WABC.

3. The majority of the advertising, information given regarding the WABC's, has been on social media. There are many people who either are not comfortable/don't have the knowledge/ are unable to use social media or do not have access to the internet who will be unaware of the importance of being in possession of a WABC. 4. Some UK nationals do not think getting a WABC applies to them or they can't be bothered to do it. If a UK national arrived in Portugal prior to 2021, then it doesapply to them and they must register on the Brexit portal and get a WABC. As far as the latter group is concerned, those that can't be bothered, there is little I can say other than it matters very much that they do.

5. Some UK nationals are disabled and are unable to attend the locations they have been offered on the SEF website. If this is the case, if you are, obtain a doctor's letter stating the situation and email it to the email address below, explaining in the email the circumstances then, as per the FAQ's on the SEF website, you will be contacted and this issue will be addressed with you: Email address:


Those waiting for the family reunification process to take place will be pleased to learn it is commencing this week. All members of a family who are waiting for their UK national relative to obtain their WABC, and those family members, regardless of nationality, ALREADY hold some form of residency documentation for Portugal (whether expired or not), the following action may now take place.

The UK national holding the WABC may now go to the SEF website and, on their SEF account, register their family members requiring family reunification.

Those family members that have never had residency documentation, in whatever form, representations are being made in the strongest terms that this process is started as soon as possible too.


At the moment, there are approximately 500 SEF appointments for WABC's that have not been taken up. I have been informed that SEF appointments for this process are not infinite and in the not so distant future will cease.

If you have been offered an appointment it is getting increasingly more important that you take one up as soon as possible before they are withdrawn.

Additionally, it has been requested of SEF that appointments are made available for 2023. Appointments are released in batches and, again, need to be taken up prior to them being withdrawn. SEF's resources are stretched to the limit and the facility for UK nationals to obtain an appointment for a WABC is something that SEF are unable to sustain indefinitely.


Could everyone please, please, please talk to their UK friends, relatives, acquaintances, work colleagues, Joe down the bar, every man and his dog about this situation. If necessary please print off this post and hand it to people together with my previous posts outlining how to apply for the QR code on the Brexit portal which can be done by placing my name in the search facility. For those UK nationals that struggle with social media, please help them.

This is a serious situation where thousands of UK nationals will not be legal in Portugal if they don't register on the Brexit portal.

If anyone has any further feedback as to why people have not registered please PM me. Thank you.

Nicest McDonald’s in the World?

I was disappointed not to have found this wonderful blog before, Jeff Hill's beautiful 'Oh My Portugal!' collection of fancies, experiences and resources.

Whether you eschew or chew fast food, here's another top ranking for Portugal - possibly the most beautiful McDonald's in the world, and don't imagine for a moment that Jeff's musings are merely Maccy D inspired!

In his own words: "See Portugal through the eyes and lens of expats from all over the world. We have chosen this small European country for it’s fantastic People, Culture, Food, Location and Weather!"

Visit for more delights, sights and even fights (that rivalry continues between Porto and Lisbon).

Good company at Expats Portugal

I'm in good company over at Expats Portugal this week with the Visa Queen Gilda Pereira on Migration Tuesday and another chance to look at Portuguese citizenship with the Lisbon Lawyer Daniel Reis on Thursday. Book a place, preferably using EP's Premium Membership here

Great fun World Cup video from RTP

From Portuguese TV, you can see a great combination of national pride, love of football, sense of humour and Iberian rivalry right here

Souper Event in Central

Thanks to Pete and Diane for their mention of this fab feira and festa coming up soon in Castelo Branco.

From their Facebook page, and a chance to practice your Portuguese, here's some background info...

"Pelo 11º ano consecutivo, na Freguesia de Escalos de Cima, realizar-se-á a nossa já habitual, Feira das Sopas. De modo a estimular o consumo da SOPA e divulgar o nosso Património Gastronómico, unindo a tradição aos benefícios deste prato tão saudável, coloca pela 11.ª vez a SOPA no centro das atenções.

A XI edição da Feira das Sopas realiza-se nos dias 2 e 3 de Dezembro, no Pavilhão Multiusos de Escalos de Cima. A entrada é livre e não faltará muita animação e claro boa gastronomia.

Na 11.º Feira das Sopas de Escalos de Cima haverá também animação musical com o artista "Augusto Canário" e muitos mais. Contamos com a presença de todos, visitantes e participantes, e com a ajuda na dilvulgação deste evento."

Em inglês...

"For the 11th consecutive year, in the parish of Elasa de Cima, we will be made to our usual, Soup Fair. In order to stimulate soup consumption and publicize our gastronomic heritage, joining the tradition of the benefits of this dish so Healthy, put the soup for the 11th time in the center of attention.

The XI edition of the Sopas Fair is held on December 2 and 3, at the Multipurpose Pavilion of the top. The entrance is free and there will not be a lot of animation and of course good cuisine.

In the 11th Fair of Soups of Cima Résa there will also be musical animation with the artist "Augusto Canário" and many more. We have the presence of all, visitors and participants, and the help in the dilvolgation of this event."

More from the event organisers

GMP! World Cup Squad Announced

Good Morning Portugal's Qatar World Cup '22 squad has been announced.

The esteemed and diverse pundit panel includes GMP! regulars Michael Heron, Owen Lloyd Martin, Frank Devane, Francis and daily show anchor Carl Munson.

Throughout the tournament, these Portugal-loving expats and hopefuls will share their World Cup  analysis and outbursts via Twitter (if it lasts throughout the World Cup) on GMP!'s timeline - @morningportugal

Keep up with GMP!'s World Cup coverage including the squad's tweets, here

A fun charity fund-raiser sweepstake will also be drawn on a livestream on Saturday 19th Novemember, ahead of the opening fixture on Sunday 20th November.

Join the sweepstake WhatsApp group here -

The new Money and Finance for Expats podcast will stream live every Monday morning from the 21st November at 10am featuring Paul Correa and Matt Penfold

New Expat Money & Finance Podcast Launches (with host Carl Munson!)

Anyone who has moved abroad to enjoy a better quality of life or experience a more fulfilling retirement is likely to have concerns about managing their money and planning their financial future.

“Words that come to mind are ‘complicated’, ‘confusing’ and downright ‘dull’,” suggests Paul Correa, the host of a new podcast aimed at expats, migrants and anyone attempting to manage and plan their financial future in a new country. Paul, along with colleague and podcast co-host Matt Penfold, leads Fiduciary Wealth Management who have ‘earned a reputation for combining high quality technical expertise with commercial pragmatism’, which they are now taking to the airwaves and YouTube.

“We are dedicated to positively shaping the wealth of the expatriate community through ethical tax led wealth management advice,” they say. “Our mission is to make a real positive difference to expats and our new podcast is an opportunity for the wealth management curious and seasoned investors alike to ask questions, get answers and keep a weekly finger on the global financial pulse.”

“In a time where more and more people are considering moving abroad, and against a backdrop of global political and economic uncertainty, who can they turn to for candid and sound money management insight?” asks Matt. “As the cost of living increases, interest rates rise, and get-rich-quick schemes seem to be crashing and burning in front of our eyes, what can be done to boost investment returns, minimise risk and make our portfolios and pensions effective and efficient?”

"Let’s face it, most expat money and wealth management podcasts are dry and dull", says Paul. "Our intention is to make people aware of their potential risks and opportunities, help them with practical advice and support AND have some fun in the process on-screen and through headphones on our weekly show".

“Personal finance and wealth management needn’t be boring or painful,” adds Matt. “Sure, safeguarding our personal wealth is a serious business, but it doesn’t have to be painful or a turn-off.”

The new Money and Finance for Expats podcast will stream live every Monday morning from the 21st November at 10am. All are welcome with questions, comments and to make contact privately with the team if so inspired. The podcast will be available on your favourite podcasting platform as well as FWM’s YouTube channel.

“The team at fiduciary wealth are extremely knowledgeable and the advice and guidance I have been given regarding relocating tax planning pensions and investment options has been without a doubt the most in-depth advice by far. These are uncertain times and knowing a reputable company like Fiduciary is looking after me fills me with reassurance. We are looking forward to our future retirement.“ said happy client Jemma recently.

Contact FWM via their website:

Indie Brand Bonanza

Cátia 'Beyond Lisbon' Lima is back with FOUR new Portuguese indie brands that have been added to the GuMPerStore.

Hear her sing their praises on the show...

New Portuguese Movies on Netflix

From our very own James Holley, via Facebook: "5 new Portuguese films on Netflix. 4 in European Portuguese, and 1 in Brazilian Porguguese. Yay, more language learning opportunities, and some more new content to watch. Win/WIN!"

Turning Expatriation into Personal Growth - Workshop 

Our latest 'Postcard from Portugal' newsletter

Vis-à-vis Visas, in Portugal

Web Summit seems to have brought with it fever pitch around Portuguese visas...

Prime minister António  Costa sent a spike of concern throughout the well-healed assembly of those interested in Portugal's Golden Visa when addressing the global tech gathering this week - "Portugal to Scrap Its Golden Visa Scheme, PM Says"

Meanwhile, complexity grows around the country's new 'Digital Nomad' Visa, that Ei!'s Gilda Pereira detailed with me in a recent Expats Portugal webinar, and about which our friend Rafael Di Furia shares his concerns - see attached videos.

Watch this space and tune into the morning show for updates.

Gilda Pereira joins me every Tuesday , 9-10pm Portugal time, for 'Migration Tuesday' on the Expats Portugal channel

Hot Off The Press: "Down the Rabbit Hole"

"**it's getting real!"

Keep up to date with GuMPer Andy Cline's journey here -

UPDATE! That Press Didn't Cool Down!

No sooner did we publish Andy's 15th Our Expat Journey episode, than he's inspired - by US! - to create another new fascinating instalment.

Big screen and surround sound on for this one ... migration as gamification!

Caption and Win 25 Euros!

Dare anyone challenge Andy's event-posting supremacy?

Please add your events, meetups and points of interest here

We are so grateful to you Sara Yurman for creating this! 🙏

And to you 'BairrAndy' for heading the leader-board with all your contributions and research 😍

Dare anyone challenge Andy's event-posting supremacy? 

Moving to Portugal: Seniors and Disabled Navigating the Health Care Systems (NEW Facebook Group)

This group, created by Heather 'Boots On The Ground' Binder, is for sharing information, resources, and experiences plus support for people considering relocating to Portugal and for those already here navigating rough waters with seniors (whether self or family/friends), disabled/differently abled (in all its forms), neurodivergent issues, mental health conditions, medical conditions & other related issues.

Find it here

"Not Quite Azulejos"

GuMPer and gifted designer Justus Hayes has launched some new lines that are influenced by  traditional Portuguese tile work known as Azulejos

"My fascination with this art form is fuelled in large part by my continuing light obsession with Portugal and all things Portuguese." he says on his website

He is of course the creator of the "Everybody needs to calm the f#ck down" t-shirt, which is still on offer here

Check out his Portugal blog here.

Tribal Tendencies seen in São Martinho do Porto, Portugal 

And not in a bad way!

Here's the band I saw last night and mentioned this morning on the show - Tribal Tendencies - playing in the video, right.

Thanks to Gastao, a local legend you will meet soon who invited me, and hosts Ana and Ricardo at Baia Cultural Bar who get a mention in the short Expats Portugal short video here.

I highly recommend these guys, who will be appearing at this wonderful venue again next week with a female vocalist. 

Booking advisable, the food and music, strongly recommended!

Follow Tribal Tendencies on Instagram

Portugal, Place of Possibility. Your Invitation to The Portugal Club...

The Portugal Club will open its doors publicly for the first time this Thursday evening (27th October) at 9.30pm Portugal time to give YouTube and Facebook viewers a chance to consider their 'Portuguese Possibility'.

The Club, usually a closed group for Portugal-bound migrants - who can use the weekly online group setting to review plans, check assumptions and hang out with fellow travellers - is a feature of Good Morning Portugal's 'GuMPers who get together'  membership/support level.

On this occasion, the Club will go public and offer a taster of how it all works and can be of massive benefit to anyone making a new home in Portugal or even just visiting as a tourist.

The idea of a Portuguese Possibility will be presented and discussed.  Viewers will be invited to envision their future for a fulfilling life in Portugal, long after the first flushes of excitement and the honeymoon period have passed!

More about The Portugal Club here -

Set a YouTube reminder to catch the show here -

Celebrating the Work of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, Torres Vedras 

The Centre for Arts and Creativity (CAC) in Torres Vedras is hosting a temporary exhibition The “Political Mask” – Carnival in the work of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro (1870-1905) until February 2023.

From the centre website: "Providing regular graphic commentary on Portuguese life for over 30 years, how did Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro (1846-1905) portray Carnaval, an important date in Lisbon's public entertainment?"

"The exhibition, curated by Álvaro Costa de Matos, seeks to answer the question by diving into the graphic work of the caricaturist, looking at Carnaval, not only as a moment of inversion of the established, but as a historical phenomenon that contemplates countless social, political, economic and religious," the site tells us.

More about the exhibition

More about this hugely significant culural icon here -

Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, creator of that other cultural icon  Povinho

Golf in (Northern) Portugal

We haven't covered much of the glorious golfing facilities in Portugal.

Grateful thanks to GuMPer John Heimbach here, where surprisingly our first golf coverage is in the north of Portugal - The Axis Golf Club in Ponte de  Lima to be exact - rather than in the Algarve that is world-famous in golf circles.

The two thoughtfully-made, beautiful videos are a brief overview (and pleasant wander) plus a longer, hole-by-hole commentary from John for the more serious golf fan.

Both showcase the beauty of Northern Portugal as well as the featured course.

Axis Golf Club - Ponte de Lima (Oct 7, 2022) short music video version

Axis Golf Club - Ponte de Lima (Oct 7, 2022) Hole by Hole version

Tables Turned! Mr & Mrs M interviewed (-:

What a joy (and unusual) for us to be interviewed!

Here's GMP! team member Maria João Silva - who will join us for 'Another Side of Portugal' - turning the tables on us, and as she says: "What's meant to happen always finds a way. If you want to have a good laugh tonight, watch the full interview with the lovely couple Carl and Louisa Munson, directly from S. Martinho do Porto."

Thank you Maria. We were honoured to be invited and take part.


"Our campervan broke down in S. Martinho. We were stuck here."


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And if you are adventurous, add it to the GuMPer Map!

'Hospital Experience Special' airs Tuesday 25th October

Our special guests on next Tuesday's #TroubleShootTuesday show are Marcus Laurence and Bill Mauro, who are enjoying a new life in the mountains of Central Portugal. That said, they recently experienced a medical emergency that tested the Portuguese health service and their trust in it. 

Find out LIVE on Tuesday's show what happened, and how - thankfully - everything turned out OK, but not without a few hair-raising moments and challenges.

About Bill and Marcus

A married couple from the USA (PA), they retired early at 55 and 48, and moved to Portugal in October, 2019, where they lived in Lisbon for a couple of years. Post-pandemic, they wanted to move the countryside and chose the area around Coimbra, where they wanted to maintain access to services and conveniences.

"Previously, we had private insurance that we used in Lisbon and public healthcare is more accessible where we live now, " they say. "Marcus had used emergency services previously for an injury. Bill had used emergency services for kidney stones."

Their recent experience, however, was much more serious...

"Marcus had shortness of breath during exercise and had a bad cough earlier, but otherwise felt fine," Bill told us. "Saturday morning, we went to our local 'Centro de Saúde' to have the cough looked at."

"The doctor on duty was not our regular doctor and did not speak much English. He listened to my heart and told me I needed an EKG (ECG) that day. So he sent me to CHUC (Coimbra Hospital)," adds Marcus.

It's here that events took a serious turn, with Marcus admitted to the emergency room with a rapid heart rate and eventually admitted to the cardiac unit after his heart rate could not be slowed down.

Twelve days in the cardiac unit followed

Tune in on Tuesday to find out more, including Bill and Marcus's personal experience of cultural differences, the language barrier, hospital food, visiting rights and standard of facilities.

"Doctors here have a less consultative approach and medications were given without explanation," says Marcus, who joins us on the show with Bill to reveal all - Tuesday, 25th October at 9am. 

Don't miss it!

Find out more about their new home in Central Portugal on Instagram - @casadalomba050 


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More regular co-hosts announced for the GMP!

The excitement continues to build at GMP! HQ with more top talent joining the morning show line-up.

From tomorrow, Thursday 20th October and ever third Thursday of the month thereafter, that 'American in Portugal', Veronica from the Algarve will update us on her fabulous life down south ahead of the 'Englishman in Lisbon', a certain Carl Hyde, a man you need to know in the capital.

And from Tuesday, 1st November, North Portugal legend António 'Tony' Barbosa gets himself comfy in a new monthly slot - 'Tony Time': Real Estate & Real Life, LIVE from the North of Portugal.

Subscribe to Veronica's YouTube channel

Make friends with Tony

November GMP! Wine Club selection announced

GMP! Wine Ninja Penny Albertella has diligently and thoughtfully sourced a Portuguese Vinho Verde for us to appraise. On this occasion the Atlantique 'green wine', which may be available in far flung locations.

Should you fail to track down this particular label, seek out an alternative Vinho Verde, or for that matter any boozy beverage, and come join the fun.

NB Join us from the NEW start time of 8pm...

Fellow GMP! Wine Ninja's will taste on-screen and give their view, viewers will be invited to ran whatever they have found, either via the chat or on-screen if willing.

There will most likely be a non-aired lock-in after for frank views, fun exchanges and boozy banter (-:

Sig up for the event here -

Francis's Lisbon Photos

New Exhibition: Art of Land & Forest

An exhibition of landscape paintings and wood sculptures by Jan Park & Carlos Carvalho has been opened by Castanheira de Pera President António Henriques -  "Art of the Earth and the Forest" at Casa do Tempo until November 27.

Jan Park is a British artist and divides her time between the studio/art gallery she has in the UK and the village house she restored in the Central region, after falling in love with Portugal and its friendly people for over 15 years.

"Landscape, nature and colour have a great influence on Jan’s art and alongside the strong architectural standard, Portugal offers her a beautiful and inspiring setting to paint. Time in Portugal is spent travelling and exploring new areas, while collecting information and pictures in sketchbooks," we are told

Instagram and Facebook @janparkart

Carlos Carvalho originates from Castanheira de Pera native and, after several years away from his homeland, is back to his roots with TOCCO Handicraft - a project that aims to reconcile the know-how he acquired throughout his professional career with the potential of local resources (specifically wood) and with a taste for art and crafts. 

Supporting environmental sustainability, the objective of TOCCO Handicraft is to take advantage of tree parts or pieces of wood to produce exclusive decorative and utility products, such as bowls, bread boards, chairs and sculptures, as well as a prototype pedal car that Carlos has developed.

Spiral vegetable winter garden. Horta Espiral de Inverno.

NOV 5 AT 8:30 AM – NOV 6 AT 5:30 PM

Learn how to take the best advantage from Autumn and Winter, by learning the way to produce the best cold vegetables, with the minimum amount of effort, the Permacultural way.

This is an Active Ecology, hands-on, smile-up and Soul burst event. Learning by practice, with theory misted along the way.

Aprenda a tirar a melhor vantagem possível do Outono e Inverno, aprendendo a produzir os melhores hortícolas de frio, com o mínimo de esforço possível, pela receita Permacultural.

Este é um evento de Ecologia Ativa, mãos-na-terra, sorriso no rosto e chama na Alma. Aprendemos pela prática, com a teoria regada ao longo do caminho.

Weekend Workshops, two days - Workshops de fim-de-semana, dois dias.

50€ early bird (30 days before event); 55€ last month;

50€ até 30 dias antes do evento; 55€, a menos de 30 dias do evento

Prices include VAT and Certificate;

Preços incluem IVA e Certificado;


See João Oliveira on the GMP! show 18th October, 2022

Algarve artist Alyson: 'Flash Sale'

"I thought you might like to know that I am having an October Flash Sale on all of my current paintings - 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐮𝐩 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐟 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐞 - for this month only," says Alyson.

See attached poster, and visit Alyson's site via the GumperStore

Wellbeing fair, Penela

Wellbeing day in beautiful Penela with all proceeds going to the local Bombeiros and all presentations free of charge!!! 

"Come join this health care team for a fun-filled day with the essential knowledge needed for an all-round health body," says organiser Aoife, author of The Art of Unwinding, and former guest on the show.

NEW! The 'GuMPerverse' interactive and informative map

Please see for yourself how amazing this could be for sharing our favourite locations, events, places and space in Portugal!

Click on the map to get started exploring and contributing...

T-shirt give-away! ("Everybody needs to calm the f#ck down") 

Thank you Justus at the Lazy River Design Works for this wonderful give-away to celebrate the launch of #indieportugalthursday today with top co-host BeyondLisbon's Cátia Lima (-:

To claim this T, you simply have to satisfy these Ts & Cs:

First to contact and able to satisfy these conditions, gets a T-shirt!

Boa Sorte (-:

More about the company -

Justus's Portugal blog -

Addressing Death & Dying in Portugal

Good Morning Portugal! are grasping the nettle and addressing the difficult subject of death and dying in Portugal.

Share and Care's Em 'Mamabear' McGowan begins a monthly residency on Tuesday 11th October, where she will address all aspects of death and dying in Portugal - from the most practical challenges  of 'getting one's affairs in order' to working with bereavement and grief when the unthinkable happens.

The rationale of the new feature - The Departure Lounge - which is part of GMP!'s #TroubleshootTuesdayPortugal theme, is to think and talk about this part of life, and be best prepared when the inevitable occurs.

Flamingos in Aveiro

Thanks to #BairrAndy for this (-:

Garvo's Gander at Quinta das Lameiras 

Gary Austin's amazing find just 10 kms from Tomar - Quinta Das Lameiras - here with proprietor Joao, the "warm" host who's happy to have moved from Lisbon to Central Portugal. 

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The Secrets of Migration - Moving Stories

We often hear all about the 'up sides' of moving to a new country.  Join Mrs M as she interviews 20+ 'migrators', sharing their ups and downs on their journey to start a new life abroad.  

'The Secrets of Migration - Moving Stories' is being released from mid November, and will feature some people who the GMP community are sure to know...

NEW Bordalo II Exhibition in Lisbon

"After a decade of showing his hometown of Lisbon, along with many other cities across the globe, what trash art is all about, Bordalo II is ready to take the next step in his artistic method. Known for a body of work that meddles with sustainability and pollution concerns surrounding nature and animals, Bordalo II creates massive, big-scale animal sculptures by using all kinds of urban waste, ranging from scraps of metal, dumpsters and plastic toys to hoses, ropes and all kinds of marine debris and road dividers," says The Portugal News

'Mrs M' joins GMP! line-up

Star of Expats Everywhere's 'What He Didn't Tell You' video that has enjoyed over 360,000 views, Louisa 'Mrs M' Munson will be joining the Good Morning Portugal! line-up with a new occasional feature - 'What He Doesn't Tell You!'.

 As well as jumping on with this new, fun and factual feature, Louisa may well host and co-host from time-to-time depending on popular demand and crowd control (looking after the kids, including Carl).

GMP! launches 'Indie Portugal' feature with Cátia Lima 

Thursday 13th October sees the launch of Good Morning Portugal's 'Indie Portugal' flavoured Thursdays where Portugal's independent brands, businesses and news makers are guaranteed some publicity and a chance to share their wares and message.

"In an age where corporations tend to dominate the mainstream and social media, we want to offer a platform for independent businesses, organisations, makers and artists to big themselves up," says show host Carl.

Carl is delighted to be joined on launch day by an ideal co-host - Cátia Lima, independent business owner and globally renowned creator of the Beyond Lisbon blog - who will become a regular contributor thereafter.

New tours announced from Feelgood Friday's Filomena Pascoal...

Dougie's Two-minute Tasters return Winter 2022

These quirky quickies from the camera and imagination of our #AskAnythingAboutPortugal contributor and Portugal News writer Douglas Hughes will be shared in show and on our YouTube channel. Subscribe and notify for all new uploads...