One Way Ticket

“Choo, choo train chuggin’ down the track
Gotta travel on, never comin’ back
Oh, oh got a one way ticket to the blues”
Portuguese people have this special nostalgic feeling. We call it spleen, they call it saudade. The fado sings about this nostalgia. I get the feeling that Portuguese people are rather introvert, but when they sing (after a few glasses of wine) they start opening up.
But this short text is about the trains in Portugal. Unfortunately, a lot of railway stations throughout the country were closed and railway connections have been shut down. Vila Praia de Ancora has a small railway station and is directly connected with Valença (up North) and Viana do Castelo, Porto and Lisbon. The train rides along the coast. The train is reliable, cheap and comfortable.


We used to say living as a God in France. I think it is fair to say that in Portugal you can live as a God and Emperor, especially in the North of Portugal. The weather is great with a perfect balance between the sun and rainfall that guarantees beautiful nature and vegetation. The variety of food is great with nice and fresh fruits and vegetables.

But the outstanding craftmanship makes Portugal really different from the other European countries. Look at this beautiful closet which was made from old doors in the living room. Is not it simply beautiful?

Blue Mind

Did you read Wallace J. Nichols book BLUE MIND, the surprising science showing how being near, in, on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected and better at what you do? Do you know that the Ancora Artist Residence is located at 5 minutes distance from both the Ocean and the Ancora and Minho rivers? It is also close to the Surftree project in Afife, where you can discover your passion or develop your talent for surfing. Embrace blue and a blue mind.


Always nice to have different type of paintings together on a piece of wall where they will be looked at when cooking. There is a painting of a very young Russian student (many years ago), a landscape bought long time ago, some old drawings from ancient buildings in The Hague.