Black capes and uniforms on the college students. More steep, winding and narrow streets with surprises around every corner. River views and an interesting twist on the art of fado: usually sung by women, the ‘Portuguese blues’ here is sung by (often love-struck) young men. Groups of musicians and singers at every turn; beautiful music was everywhere.
Gorgeous mountain top castles – fairy tale and ruined – winding roads, horse-drawn carriages, a feast on the beach. Yes, I know. We had it rough.
It is no wonder Sintra for centuries has been a favored choice of warriors (the Moors), monks (as a monastery) and nobles (a succession of Portuguese and German royalty).
A follow-up to the Portugal post, this is a series of short videos that take you around Lisbon and let you feel the powerful draw of this ancient city.
As a writer I kind of hate to say it: Sometimes it’s all about what the pictures tell you (‘worth a thousand words’ and all that). In this case I found it was difficult if not impossible to describe this experience in a way that was satisfying. Yet, when I put this video together, simply pictures and music, it felt perfect. What do you think?