Monthly Archives: April 2012

High altitude bullring

I’ve been to Monsaraz once before, but somehow I managed to miss the rather prominent bullfighting ring on the south end of the village. Good heavens! There were bullfights up there? In this small, walled fortress of a village high … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

An email dropped into my inbox today from Carolyn Porco, director of the Cassini project. When she sends out an email blast, it’s always worth looking. And so it was: It’s the “Cassini’s Image of the Week,” and it happens … Continue reading

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Saturday picture show: Luminaris

A reader sent the link to this delightful stop motion short film, by Juan Pablo Zaramella. What creativity! Hat tip to Brigitte.

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What knockers!

Old homes in Portugal often have awesome knockers. These specimens in Monsaraz were particularly fun. I still haven’t figured out what they are — dogs? Pigs? Some hybrid of the two? (Yes, the post title is an intentional movie reference.)

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Castle and rain

You can crenellatize this image here. It’s the castle in Silves, a marvel of restoration and almost impossible not to photograph well, due to the rich red color of its bricks (formed from local clay). Note the heavy, dark, rain-laden … Continue reading

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Festa das Tochas

On Easter Sunday, we took our guests to watch the Festa das Tochas (Festival of Torches) in São Brás. I blogged about this fabulous bit of pageantry in two parts last year, here and here, so I’ll just add a … Continue reading

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Back in the saddle

Our guests departed early this morning (whose idea was the 04:30 check-in time, anyway??) and have now safely landed on the other side of the Atlantic. Meanwhile, the above image perfectly illustrates the current condition of my wife and me. … Continue reading

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We’re back from a tour of the Alentejo (and Lisboa), and are we ever stuffed. Every day, our guests rolled their eyes heavenward and made mumbling sounds of happiness as they tasted black pork, oven-roasted lamb with mint, pork loins, … Continue reading

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