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Portugal's Alentejo

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The Alentejo region is the farming region of Portugal. The foods are wonderful (acorn fed pigs, sheep, garlic soup,hearty breads, tempting wines). The whitewashed houses with blue or gold trim tempt a photographer to spend endless hours snapping great photos. This is a serene, historic area with many old ruins, pousadas, and luxury hotels.
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Iberia
As we arrived in Arraiolos, in the Alentejo area of Portugal, we saw the 14th century castle and the 16th century church resting majestically up on the hill overlooking the town. Arraiolos is known worldwide for its gorgeous woolen carpets which...
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R. do Bairro Serpa Pinto 15, 7040 Arraiolos, Portugal
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...
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7040 Arraiolos, Portugal
I took a stroll around the plaza and the little streets of the village of Arraiolos in the Alentejo region of Portugal. The streets and alleyways were pristine and so well kept. The plaza was alive with children playing. Naturally, I stopped in...
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Iberia
In the Alentejo of Portugal there are fields of ancient cork trees. Every seven years a tree has the bark stripped off leaving a red trunk. The Portuguese say the trees are blushing because they feel naked. The cork used to be used for corks in...
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Iberia
Driving around the Algarve and Alentejo, the search for old windmills is always fun. Each time I see one , I have to get out and investigate. This one is refurbished and in working order. It is finished in the traditional manner of whitewash with...
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R. Cinco de Outubro 49, 7000-854 Évora, Portugal
Driving through the countryside of Portugal one can see the huge, modern wind turbines. When I saw them I longed to see the old picturesque windmills. After looking into the history of the windmills I discovered that many farmers on their quintas...