Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Today is "farm day", the first of the season that we can collect our garden share from Deri Farm in North Yarmouth. When I arrived it was like a fresh market stand - after you sign in there are baskets of produce and signs indicating how much you could take. Today there were 3 variety of lettuce, rainbow swiss chard, beets and greens, baby onions and as many chard stems as you wanted. Sweet! Happy first day of summer.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
We couldn't figure out why we kept running into streets decorated with streamers - did the party happen or was it coming? Apparently the Feast of St. Anthony is on June 13th but the celebrations go for 3 days. And it's a big one:parades, fireworks, dancing. And because St. Anthony is the "matchmaker saint" it is the most popular day to get married. City hall hosts free weddings and there's a parade of the brides in convertibles, too!
We took the train to Sintra, a quaint little town that deserves a revisit. The highlight, besides an amazing lunch in a little tea room, was this palace perched way up high above the town. To get there you needed a bus, then a little trolley and then you had to walk the rest of the way. I felt like Rapunzel, up in her tower - and such views! Lots of turrets and lots of climbing. Like a fairy tale...
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Our hotel was on one of the seven hills of Lisbon, with many wonderful vantage points. St. George's castle is on the hill in the distance as well as the "25th of April Bridge," one of the world's longest suspension bridges. (It looks like the Golden Gate and was actually built by the builder of the Bay Bridge.)
Monday, June 13, 2011
These stones are 7000 years old! And one of the largest megalithic enclosures on the Iberian peninsula. They are off a long dirt road flanked by hundreds of cork trees and are believed to have a religious significance. Ninety stones - I can't imagine setting them up...
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
My husband Scott and I just spent 11 incredible days in Portugal. We had loved every minute! It's so much fun to take photographs in a new place where everything presents itself as a photo opportunity. I don't know where to begin to capture the highlights...