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Welcome to week 357 (2/1/2018) of Travel Photo Thursday, and to Everyday Portugal. During my 2 months of slow travel in Portugal in 2016, I spent a lot of time wandering around with my camera capturing everyday life. Here’s a peek at what I’ve dubbed “Everyday Portugal”.
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Wash day in Portugal
Big city or small town, it’s common to see laundry fluttering in the wind outside many residential windows. I captured this shot in Lisbon. This picture is also seen in the windows of many Portuguese homes. I was told it is a sign that the people living in the house are devout Catholics.
This shot, taken in the seaside village of Alvor, made me laugh out loud. Alvora is one of the many quaint villages you’ll find in the Algarve, and easy to get to even if you don’t have a car. I took a minibus from Albufeira. It takes about an hour and you catch the same bus back late in the afternoon.
You can’t go anywhere in Portugal (or much of Europe for that matter) and not experience the vibrant cafe culture. Coffee is cheap, and the food offerings impossible to resist. This cafe is located next to the Albufeira Train Station and I often went here to meet my friends Anita and Nash. We spent a lot of time exploring the Algarve in their trusty car. Sometimes I would even take the train to another town to go exploring. The train is a great option for exploring the Algarve; cheap and reliable. I always arrived early, so I could visit the cafe and enjoy a cup of Galao, one of my favourite Portuguese coffees. Solo travelers take note, Portugal is very safe. Ladies, during my travels around the Algarve, I found the men to be very respectful.
You will see these intricate door knockers, known as Fatima Hands, everywhere in Portugal. I was told by a Portuguese friend that in days gone by the markings on the hands told whether or not the occupants of the house were single or married/male or female.
If you’re a wine drinker, you’ll get along just fine here. Wine with lunch and dinner is everyday Portugal and often cheaper than bottled water! Portuguese wine is now one of my favourites! Too bad, they don’t import many here in Nova Scotia.
They are a distinct architectural feature of the Algarve and can range in shape from simple cylinders to more complex geometric shapes. The chimneys are very much a part of everyday Portugal in the Algarve, and you’ll find this beauty in the quaint mountain town of Alte.
Porto isn’t always rainy, but if you visit in the winter be prepared for the rain to be part of your Everyday Portugal. I spent a little over a week in the city and it rained every day. Rain or sunshine, it’s a beautiful city and not to be missed.
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