Monday, March 14, 2011

Sights, Sweets and Sidewalks of Nazare

Yesterday, we took a family trip to Nazare, about 45 minutes north of our home. We’d heard great things about it, but had not been in our near 2 years of living here!

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We started at the top. There is a elevator car that takes you up and down the hill. You can see the track on the far left of the cat. 

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My husband checked things out while the girls rummaged for good shells.

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I caught some great wave action photos—a first for me!

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Not only was the scenery spectacular, the people were quite unique. To see traditional garb being worn along side current day fashion was really surprising. We took a pic of the lady selling nuts and her 7 skirts {the story goes that they would take off one for every day their sailor was out to sea fishing that week}, but she may have just been dressed up for a sale I think.

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When we kept seeing other ladies in a version of that traditional dress, we realized this was the norm! 

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My husband had to keep me from trying to take pictures of each of these ladies we saw--just something I didn’t expect to be a reality in “our” country!

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Seems like this type of dress might no longer be seen past this generation—unless you’re a vendor!

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Also, I had to show you some Portuguese sweets and not so sweet.

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BIG meringues!

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Lots of shredded candied egg yolk {that is NOT cheese}, filled with egg yolk pudding, or iced with egg yolk pastries along with some chocolate and apple items. A recent guest commented that one of these reminded him of a Twinkie but better!

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Drying fish on racks on the sidewalk.

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An old timer convertible with Alaska plates on the sidewalk—what?!!!  NOT normal to see in Portugal!

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And lastly, what we picked up on the sidewalk! {next to a dumpster} All the parts were there except the obvious missing spindle. We’re not sure if we like it or think it needs a happy color of paint to make it less oppressive. Thoughts? 

Thanks for sharing our journey with us!

3 comments:

  1. I should have brought home a skirt as a souvenir!! I'm so glad y'all had a fun family day!

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  2. Oh, and I vote for paint the bed! Teal? Can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  3. SO glad you all finally made it there. It is one of our favorites places. It had a beauty and charm all its own. (and I am so jealous of your dumpster-dive treasure :)

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