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My Favorite Things – Channeling My Ancestors

As I get older it’s probably not a surprise that I’m feeling increasingly nostalgic for memories that tie me to my childhood. These memories include places, smells, foods, and, of course people.

On our recent trip to Portugal I found myself often musing if my father or my favorite aunt (the only girl in his family of seven) had walked the same streets, or enjoyed the same sights.  And every so often, when I’d catch a glimpse of someone who bore a remarkable resemblance to one of my relatives, my heart would skip a beat…not to mention that the women with long, thin faces looking back at me made me feel like I was looking into a mirror!

So forgive this somewhat selfish trip down memory lane.  These are my Portuguese peeps…and who knows, maybe I AM related to all of them in some way or other.

Two “senoras de idade” (old ladies) walking down a pretty street in Evora –

Two Portuguese women walking down a pretty street in Evora, Portugal

Checking the death notice board in the Evora town square –

Portuguese man checking the death notice board in the town square in Evora, Portugal

Headed home? 

Photo of old man walking down a street in Evora, Portugal

Three friends catching up with the local gossip –

Three friends catch up with the local gossip in the Evora town square

Properly dressed for a day of shopping in Evora –

Little old lady walking down the street in Evora, Portugal

Clowning around with my own shadow…after all, we’re only on this earth a short time so we might as well have some fun!

Photo of two shadows against a stone wall.


    • Joana says

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the photos – and thank you for visiting my blog and commenting!
      🙂 Joana

  1. Evelyn Kountoupes says

    Lovely to have these memories.. and to have photos to trigger them!

    • Joana says

      It certainly is! This weekend I’m rekindling Oberlin memories since we’re here visiting my mom.:-) The peace and quiet is just the thing to refresh us before the winter season starts up in NYC. I hope you are well and that your 2019 is off to a great start! xox – Joana

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