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The Douro region of Portugal is centered around Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, and the Douro River that originates in the mountains of Spain and runs east to west to the Atlantic at Porto. Everywhere one looks, there is a vineyard, from the river’s edge to the top of the many hills! READ MORE >>

A fire can quickly destroy a home. Fires occur for many reasons. A spark in your electrical system can create a life-threatening and fast-moving fire. Your oven may catch on fire. Fires can also start in the garage where flammable liquids are common. No matter what happens, having a fire extinguisher on hand is essential. READ MORE >>

Many people like to give their dogs a ride in the car. Pets like it, too. However, dogs can be dangerous for many reasons. You do not want to have to file car insurance claims due to an accident related to your pet. Does that mean you cannot take your pet for a ride? You do not have to give it up. READ MORE >>

The only way to really know if a flood or potential flood is a threat to me personally is through reporting by my local news and media.   FALSE. Local news and media are good sources of information but are subject to outages and interruptions. Wireless Emergency Advisories are available on your mobile device, and are free. READ MORE >>

Sometimes mistakes happen when you get behind the wheel. It is not hard to back up into a pole. It is easy to turn too soon and damage the bumper on your car on the wall to the garage. When something occurs, you might have coverage from your car insurance provider. READ MORE >>

Portugal’s National Tile Museum is located in Lisbon and housed in the Madre de Deus Convent. One of Portugal's most distinctive art forms is the blue and white ceramics tiles known as azulejos. These tiles can be seen on the exterior of buildings throughout Lisbon. READ MORE >>

Starting a new business can be challenging. Even if you have a great idea or product, you may not have many customers right away. Money for marketing might be tight, too. Here are five free and low-cost ways to help you market your small business: Network At Community Events READ MORE >>

A pickup or a large SUV can safely drive through floodwater.   FALSE.  12 inches of water can carry off a small car. 18 inches can sweep away the SUV! Moreover, the road beneath the water may be damaged and the water much deeper than it appears. Do not take the risk. READ MORE >>

Garage door damage can happen to many people. No matter why it happens, home insurance will usually only cover damage from unavoidable events. Take a closer look at your home insurance policy. Learn what you can expect from your insurer if you find your door damaged. You Hit the Garage Door with Your Car READ MORE >>

Lisbon, or Lisboa, is the capitol and largest city of Portugal. Much of Lisbon was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake. Lisbon is from whence the famous Portuguese explorers like Vasco Da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan sailed as they explored the unknown world between the 14th and 16th centuries. READ MORE >>

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