we’ve been blessed with the most amazing weather lately, very cold nights but bright and sunny days and therefore spectacular sunsets, although we are a bit tucked in to the mountains here at home, a short drive up and we can see what feels like the whole world!!!!
i snuck a couple of photos in there from Porto, which also had the most amazing weather over the christmas period
The total lack of health and safety
nerve wracking and awesomely liberating
tree down, traffic jam, get out of car, cut tree up, move to side of road, job done
getting on with it(ness)
women still do a lot of the heavy lifting, on their heads, with
or without a husband
we can have a lot of weather in one day and all of it is spectacular
on first glance the Portuguese have a certain grumpiness about them, but look deeper and give them an event and they are the first to take part and take the piss out of themselves
things still come in proper boxes
if you take the time to look around, you can still find charming shops full of boxes and boxes of useful stuff
proper modes of transport
portugal has some of the highest death rates on the road in Europe and it’s no surprise, however, there are still people doing it the old way and they are not killing anyone (this category gets three photos ‘cos i couldn’t decide)
despite what we may or may not think about Portuguese rice pudding, it is a national treasure and making the biggest one in the world just makes sense, no?
everyone in the countryside grows most of their own food and livestock, nothing goes to waste, everything is saved and dried and utilising the streets for this is perfectly normal
there’s a photo opportunity around every corner, you just have to look
you can’t afford to be in a hurry here, aside from the fact that there really is no need to be in a hurry (unless you are incredibly disorganised), slowing down and being patient is a blessing
the Portuguese have been through a lot, their ability to smile and be thankful and so friendly is beyond words
these traditional dances and ways of life are still celebrated here, young and old alike, everyone joins in and respects the need to continue
no, he’s not having a poo, he’s sheltering from the rain, a car park attendant, who really didn’t have to stay and continue to do his job in the torrential rain, why he didn’t have an umbrella, i don’t know given that you would never see a Portuguese out in potential rain without one, so, he uses the bin instead and smiles about it
landscapes and light
I’ve travelled a lot and I am not sure I have been anywhere where the landscapes are so varied and the light so amazing
Thank you Portugal and thank you Portugal people
well it should be buy it, cook it, eat it, but kill it sounds more aliterate.
One of the things I love about the markets here is the food. Normally it’s just chicken and chips, which is always good and never dodgy, today though it was buy it and cook it yourself, and pay someone else to give you chips and wine…excellent.
and then finish it off with a freshly fried fartura