Saturday, September 10, 2011

Beaches and Bullfights

We arrived back from a two day visit to a fishing village called Nazare. This is one of my all time favorite places to go in Portugal. Isn't the view absolutely gorgeous??? This trip was really special, because we only took our oldest daughter with us, and it was really nice to have a few days to spend with her alone!
We stayed here, above this little cafe. The owner was from Canada and we really loved the location!
This church pictured above is VERY old and we were able to see a special procession while here, honoring Our Lady of Nazare.
There are lots of little shops near where we stayed and we picked up several little treasures to take back to the U.S. with us.
To get to the bottom part of Nazare, you can either walk the steep, rocky little pathways, or you can go down the hill in the trolley car. We chose the trolley car. It is a pretty steep ride and of course, I kept wondering what would happen if the cables snapped.
Another thing we did while in Nazare was see a bullfight. The bullfights in Portugal are VERY popular, and they are very different than those in Spain or Latin America. First of all, they do not kill the bull.
There are several different parts to the Portuguese bullfight, each one being exciting and a type of art, as well as a sport.
This was a great little trip and I look forward to going back to Nazare someday soon again!

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