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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Evora, the romantic City of the Alentejo, Portugal.



Evora is the capital of the south central Alentejo region.


Go to the hilltop 
Everything is close by. 






The Cathedral, a fortress-like structure, was founded in the early 12th Century.  
  



 The Pousada Convento de Evora, was our first night stopover. 
Located east of Lisbon, it is an easy 2 hour drive.  







The Roman Temple, almost touching the convent, was built in the 1st Century A.D.

On the right, Evora's Roman Temple as it appeared in a 1865 sketch.





Our breakfast table and looking towards the alcove which was set for a delicious and abundant breakfast every morning. 





Every Pousada of Portugal proudly displays artifacts from the past.  







So much of the old and historic has been honored while guests enjoy every comfort. 
Every single space has been renovated to a standard of the highest luxury. 





Courtyard of the Convent Evora





For someone, like me, who drools over every piece of hand painted ceramic, Evora is the place to be.





Cobbled streets, chestnuts roasting, picturesque squares, artisan shops medieval streets, chapels, convents, churches, palaces, cafes, restaurants and bars are all part of this beautiful city.





To see Portugal by car is the best way to get acquainted with its friendly people and beautiful and unspoiled countryside.  

Wishing you a great week. 

It's snowing here and it's the middle of May.  

Gina 



Sunday, May 7, 2017

Fashion Police


What you don't know about me. 


You don't know what I wear in my garden.




It's not what you think.





I garden in silks. An ankle length frilly silk skirt to be precise.  





Can you guess why?

When the wind blows just a little or a lot, the silk flutters in the breezes...
and scares the mosquitoes away.

What do you wear when you garden?   

Have a fabulous Sunday, dear Friends, 

Gina