Archive for September 18, 2013

A SAMPLE OF PORTUGAL   6 comments

Time out for some photos. This time it’s Portugal which we visited July 16-20, 2013. I had no idea what a great and modern place we were destined to enjoy, and yet a wealth of history and beauty. This is just a sampling of what we saw. Remember, my photos are taken just for me to reminisce about where we’ve been. But I hope this will give you some of the feel.

First of all, take a look at the header. I was fascinated with the minimalist landscape — isolated trees, orderly rows of plantings. This photo I managed to get (out of many tries) from the moving car.

I’ve already blogged — with photos — about our first day in Portugal, so this is moving on to subsequent days. First to Silves with the Monchique Mountain and the beautiful clear waters.

Silves,Monchique Mountain

 

And St. Vincent’s Lighthouse, Europe’s most southwestern point.

SilvesSt Vincent's Lighthouse

 

Next I waited while Doug clambered about the Moorish Castle.

Silves,Moorish Castle

So on to Beja where we spent a long time seeking the tourist office to help us find the castle. Finally another tourist who had a map from his hotel was able to direct us to the tourist office. Guess where it was — yup! at the castle. We got there just as it was about to close for lunch. Closing for lunch was a pretty common event in Portugal. Fortunately the cafe’s were open for lunch, for which I was always ready.

But we did get to see it after lunch. Again I mostly waited and explored at ground level while Doug clambered over the ramparts. (That little speck — well, bigger if you click on the photo — in the bright shirt and white hat is Doug.)

BejaCastle

 

At our next stop — the museum — I picked up a strange but, I think, hauntingly lovely – photo. “Hauntingly” because the photo did things the original didn’t. What I photographed had a green patina. What my photo saw was some lovely color.

Beja,Museum

 

And on to Evora. If I remember correctly, that’s the place where we saw so many beautiful cork items. I would have loved to buy one of handbags, but the price and size were too much to deal with in the pocketbook and the suitcase. Anyway, the Roman Ruins were an interesting sight.

Evora,Roman ruins

 

But more interesting by far was the Chapel of the Bones affiliated with St. Francis church. The sign told it like it is. “we bones that are here. We are waiting for yours.” Indeed, the structure consists of bones.

EvoraChapel of the bones

And the tiled stations of the cross. Everywhere in Portugal there was beautiful tile.

Evora,Tile Stations

 

In St. Francis Church itself I managed to get a photo of the madonna, with her heart pierced by pain.

EvoraMadonna, St. Francis Church

Finally on to Sintra with its Pena National Park.

SintraPena National Park

 

And another Moorish Castle. Again the beautiful tile.

Sintra,Castle of the Moors

 

Next time I blog about the trip it will be Austria.

 

 

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