Whilst I was on my travels in Europe in April, I also headed off to Portugal to connect with some dear friends from the Middle East who have chosen to settle in Central Portugal. (Cue to use a poppy photo from Central Portugal as my featured image, trying to sneak them in!)
I am totally ignorant of this area so it was very exciting to visit, reconnect with my friends and to understand why they chose this fairly remote area to move to. Their love of horses play a major part of their lives and Central Portugal is reasonable enough in land and house costs to be able to sustain a life that includes their love of all things equestrian. It is also incredibly beautiful….
There is more to come from this area, the towns and villages are still so very traditional and photo-opportunities (doors, windows, architecture, nature) abounded. I do confess to returning with half an ammonite I dug out of a Jurassic chalk cliff, but I’d rather go fossicking than shopping!
I used the train from Lisbon to get close to their home, it’s a 2-hour drive. I was happy to use the excellent Portuguese train network to save them the drive.
Whilst I was in Pombal, the station where we met, I had a little walk around and in the town square, there was an exhibition based on doors.
Well, of course, you know me by now, out came the camera, but very sadly there was no-one to ask what it was all about (English is not widely spoken in Portugal) so I can’t explain any of this, but it just had to be a Thursday doors post. Even though we may never know what it was all about it was lovely to come across…