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2016年9月30日 星期五

The Road to Fatima (花地瑪之路)

After the river cruise, it's time to leave for our hotel.

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When we did so, it was still bright: Prince Henry the Navigator standing proudly against the blue sky





A 19th century building we passed by



It was getting dark



The city in the dusk



The sun was sinking fast


But when we arrived, it was quite dark. 
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Time for dinner



melon and ham



Tuna croquettes


potato soup


braised pork with peach sauce


custard for dessert


A wall decoration in typical Portuguese style for the ladies and men's toilet!


Our restaurant



interesting graffiti: devils for gays


What does that mean?



A monument involving the Agricultural Fair in 1860


The lift lobby of our hotel, involving some clever use of lighting to create the illusion of perspective



The dining room




A painting of a naked lady over a bull


It was a room with a view



The city at night. The river bank is lit


A huge van ready to take another tourist group somewhere


We're on our way: agriculture is now technology-assisted



rows after rows of trees to feed the slots in the consumer food market


Whilst waiting for our guide, we were told to wait in a souvenir shop: the Centro Fatima


Portuguese crockery



cork plate mats


Portuguese guitars with 6 double-strings (steel)



miners and rescue workers



pirates, soldiers, painting workers, miners

Bagpipers, tailors, music maker


pirates


Rural characters



Metallic toy figures



piano player


African dancers from colonies like Mozambique or Angora?


Portuguese hats



The Virgin Mary in all shapes and sizes, and material  on sale



A finely crafted statue with crown and all



Jesus in the midst of all the Holy Mothers



A rosary


The Queen of peace



hanging and dangling plants opposite to where we were sitting: still no sign of our local guide