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!


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. 


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


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





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.


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


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!


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


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


BIG meringues!


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!


Drying fish on racks on the sidewalk.


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


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!


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

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

  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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