Copper Pot of Flowers

What used to be a casino in Lisbon is now home to two superb restaurants, a ballroom and a reception hall. This beautiful copper pot full of flowers decorated an open balcony door on the second floor lobby. It added a peaceful nostalgia to the richly adorned rooms.

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Ginjinha

On my walking tour of Lisbon, our guide stopped at this famous little shop that sells ginjinha. Ginjinha or simply Ginja, is a portuguese liqueur made by infusing ginja berries, (sour cherry)in alcohol and adding sugar together with other ingredients. It’s served with a cherry in the bottom of each glass. 

I was told that the monk in the church (Praise the Lord!!)who first came up with this popular drink promised it would bring health and joy. Our guide said he wasn’t sure about the health benefits but he could confirm that it has brought many people great joy. 

I thought it tasted like cherry cough syrup. 

A joyful thanks to our fellow taste testers who posed for this shot….rather…. this picture. 

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Best Wishes

Ronda, Spain

While squeezing my way through the ancient cobblestone streets of Ronda, Spain in our tiny rented Fiat pillbox of a car, I came upon this couple posing for their wedding pictures. As I grabbed my camera and rolled down the window, they turned around with big smiles, gave me the ‘thumbs-up’ and …click..I got it!

Congratulations to all of us!

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Bikers On Via Santa Maria

Pisa, Italy

I arrived at the Leaning Tower of Pisa around 9:00PM and loved the night exposures I was getting.  I did take my touristy, safety shots of the tower but then I quickly looked for the shots that others may pass up. As I was scoping out the surrounding area and grabbing shots of other folks taking pictures, sitting in sidewalk cafes or texting friends, I saw this group of bikers in their leather and touring gear.  I couldn’t let them get by without at least asking if I could grab their photo, explaining that I’m a biker too.  They gladly obliged.  Thanks!

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Father and Daughter

Tourists.

Father and Daughter.

Lisbon, Portugal

Originally from Bosnia, this Father/Daughter duo was on my walking tour of Lisbon. She immigrated to Vermont several years back, works as a dental hygienist and was able to help her father immigrate to Vermont recently too. Together, they were traveling to some of the countries that were on his Bucket List. I enjoyed hearing their stories of the ‘Old Country’.

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Natasha

Natasha in Lagos 1 Vintage

I was engrossed in taking pictures of the spectacular sandy beach coves of the Mediterranean in Lagos, Portugal when this lovely lady strolled by along the water’s edge. Keen not to miss the opportunity, I asked if she’d mind if I took her picture.  She happily gave me permission. We did a quick series of shots together, exchanged contact info so she could have a copy of the images, then each of us went on our way.  She liked the results. So did I!

 

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Bartenders

Tragatá Tapas Bar.  Ronda, Spain

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