Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Garden Fresh


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

Happy Endings


And what could be more perfect? This view caught us by surprise at our little trolley stop in the late afternoon. And I would have to agree: today the end of the rainbow is Lisbon.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Peacock Feathers


Not what I expected to see at a castle! I've never had an opportunity to be that close to a peacock before - the colors are so rich and fabulous. And as an added bonus we even caught a full show, too.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

St. George's Castle


Because we were sharing the same hill in Lisbon I felt like this was our castle! The week was nearly over before we got to it, however; we really wanted to take our time and explore. Lots more climbing and wonderful views..

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Celebrations



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!

Pena Palace


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...

Porto


Such a classic beverage! And such a range of price, apparently. This bottle is marked 1325 euro. Wow...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Belem



Famous for egg tarts known as Pasteis de Belem (so worth the trip!), this neighborhood also has some beautiful waterfront monuments. The Torre de Belem is a fortress with fabulous Manueline and Renaissance decorative elements.

Tiles


Tiles are such a classic expression of the Portuguese culture - and there is such variety in pattern. Unfortunately many of the buildings have lost tiles due to the earthquake or age of the structure. I loved those that still had this design element.

Lisboa


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

Megaliths


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...

Evora


This walled city was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986. I loved the contrast in architecture from Roman to Gothic with a 15th century monastery in between! The cathedral looks like a castle and offers some fabulous views from it's towers.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Fresh Fish


In the little fishing village of Alvor they take their fish seriously. These were caught today and still moving when Jorge brought the platter to our table so we could select our dinner. So good!

Don't Forget to Look Up


The houses in the Algarve region have the most beautiful chimneys! Each one is different and many have filigree or other architectural interest.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Good Morning!


This was our private breakfast set up for us on the patio overlooking the water. How could the day get any better than this?

Sagres


Sagres is a small town on the west coast with a 17th fort looking out toward the open Atlantic. With the stiff winds and the huge rocks I couldn't imagine what it must have been like for Henry the Navigator to navigate a ship and venture off into the ocean.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Portimao


The water, coastline and sandstone rocks are so impressive in this town in the southern Algarve region - and you can walk for hours on the beautiful sand.

Portugal




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...