1.Braga: Humongous Baroque Edifices...
|Many Baroque buildings - churches, monasteries, confraternities, educational institutes, charitable foundations....|
|Braga was, and possibly still is, a power base for Roman Catholic conservatism in Portugal - the gloom seemed appropriate.|
|The city hall, I think, (not Baroque, but Neo-classical - just sayin'.).)|
|The cathedral - not Baroque either on the outside - the inside is a Baroque gold-fest apparently.|
|A bit of colour on a grey, wet day.|
2. Old streets, quirky shops...
|Jolly coloured tiles - typical of the older streets.|
|A shop selling handmade guitars - including the one in the doorway which was the size of a cello.|
|What is 'Wall Street English'?|
|The old market - lots of produce (including live chickens) virtually no customers.|
3. When does a statue become a dummy?
|OK - this is definitely a statue...|
|This slightly disturbing figure of a monk was holding up a restaurant's menu - not a statue - agreed?|
|This image of a naked child spouting water - see lots of those on fountains - it's art innit?|
|This slightly creepy figure of a child - it's an effigy - not art.. but what?|
|This odd looking figure on a balcony - what is that all about?|
|Undoubtedly art...I wonder what the significance of the forgotten jacket was.....|
In the summer we visited Suffolk we happened upon a fabulous artisan bakers in Orford where we discovered the delights of a flaky pastry and egg custard concoction which they termed a Portuguese tart. Subsequent research revealed these were actually called 'nata' and are a bit of a national culinary institution. So, how close to the real thing did the Orford attempt get. Very close, but Nata Sabores' were even crispier and when dusted with cinnamon reached level of divine scrumptiousness. More in depth research required here.