Friday, September 30, 2011

The Mountain Town of Arouca

A few days ago, we went to the mountain village of Arouca for a festival they were having there. The first thing we did was get something to eat!
Doesn't the soup look delicious? Well it was! Kale soup is one of our favorite Portuguese foods and our children can't seem to get enough of it. When I make it at home, they each usually have 2 or 3 bowls full!
After lunch, the kids enjoyed jumping over this little crack in the ground.
They also made friends with one of the local furry residents. He is a Pyrenean Mountain Dog. Isn't he just beautiful? He was really friendly too and enjoyed all the attention from the kids.
We watched the parade go by and enjoyed listening to the different bands.
We also went inside the local cathedral to view all the beautiful decor and of course, there was a tomb of someone there too ( I can't remember who!).
Then, we hiked about a mile up the road ( a steep one at that!) to see the crosses above. This display of crosses was built in the 1700's.
Our last stop at the festival before we journeyed back home was to the rides. The kids (and grandma!) really enjoyed them and had a great time.

Another beautiful day spent in a picturesque little village on the other side of the world. 

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