Secret War in Portugal [1939-1945]
For SOE [British Special Operation Executive] 24 Land was the code name for Portugal

Sergueiew the lonesome traveller

It is not easy to find out references about Nathalie Sergueiew, the Russian-born agent that work for the XX Committee as "Treasure", about whom I wrote a book. 
Here you may find the part of her life which made her to travel, cycling, from Paris to Lebanon. A remarkable act of courage.

Casa da Laura

It was not easy to discover the photo of this legendary restaurant. Casa da Laura was a discreet local for a "rendez-vous" of many of these who worked in the shadow..

Borbón in Portugal

The Borbón's in Portugal. In the second row Juan Carlos, current King of Spain. They lived in Estoril at Vila Giralda since 1946, where Juan de Borbón y Battenberg conducted a diplomatic work that would allow the re-establishment of the Monarchy in his country.


It was not the "belle époque". These were hard times, but in the sunny coast of Cascais it was a "rendez-vous" for the very few and for many others. 
Santini's ice cream and "sorbet". A must.
Sixty years ago  the founder start business. (see here for more)