Arraiolos, Alentejo,
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A Picturesque Village
While walking through the historic village of Arraiolos in Portugal's Alentejo region, I had to stop several times to admire the architectural details on so many of the buildings. The structures were all whitewashed and trimmed in that bright blue tone (some say the trim is to ward off the evil spirits). There were little balconies where you could see cats lounging and staring down at you as you had the audacity to stroll anywhere near their property. The windows and french doors were also trimmed in blue and the lace curtains were swaying as the winds played with them. The town was so clean and immaculate that you almost had to wonder if anyone lived there at all. But as I continued to wander around, I heard the laughter of the children in the town plaza. With each step I took, I was rewarded with another glimpse of architectural beauty, of some piece of history. Arraiolos is Portugal's carpet town where in the galleries, ladies produce spectacular carpets and tapestries by hand in ancient motifs. This has gone on for centuries. The town is world-renowned and carpets are Arraiolos. There is much of history and times gone-by in this town, yet Arraiolos has the technology and amenities of the modern world. I sat in the plaza to have a coffee and enjoyed a sense of "All's right with the world".
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