Welcome to my Puerto Duquesa blog

I've been visiting Puerto Duquesa three or four times a year for the past 20 years and have seen the area change enormously in that time. Where once there were dirt tracks and open countryside, there are now two lane motorways and apartment complexes. And whilst the area has changed and grown dramatically, it has still retained its small town, or should that be 'small marina' feel, which keeps me, and thousands others, coming back year after year.

Since I am currently in the USA it is a slightly odd time to start a blog about Puerto Duquesa, but the reason for doing so is simple - I may actually have some time to write some stuff! Most of the things I'm going to write about are things I like doing in the area or places I like going. Clearly I am not going to be able to cover everything, but hopefully I can give you a taste of what makes this such a special place and give you some ideas for your next trip.

If you can't immediately find what you are looking for, please scroll down and look in the blog archive (click the triangles to expand the list of articles). You might also want to start with these articles: Puerto Duquesa: the basics, Favourite (best?) restaurants in Puerto Duquesa, Puerto Duquesa beaches and Holiday accommodation in Puerto Duquesa. Want to get to know the area? Try A walking tour of Puerto Duquesa.

I welcome contributions, comments, criticisms and...well...praise.

If you want to link to me or you want me to link to you, that'll work too. If I think you're a good local company and you're prepared to part with a few euros, you might be lucky enough to advertise on the blog (which, fyi, is page rank 3 on Google - just type in puerto duquesa at google.com).

Thanks / Gracias

Chris (chris@cdgsmith.com) (March 2007)

Monday, April 23, 2007

Puerto de la Duquesa = Port of the Duchess

I've been learning Spanish on and off for years now. Whilst I'm starting to get the correct accent and can conjugate my verbs (well, some of them at least), I find that the main missing ingredient is vocabularly. Which is where Babelfish comes in. It's a free online translation tool which allows you to translate words, sentences or even entire web sites from English to Spanish and vice versa, and it can be particularly useful when you get a letter in Spanish and don't want to pay to have it translated. The technology isn't perfect, but it is getting there, and even if you don't have any business use for it, you can have some fun making up amusing sentences to write on your postcards to send back home!

Try typing Puerto de la Duquesa into the text box, select 'Spanish to English', hit translate and you'll see that it means Port of the Duchess.

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