Anyone who reads my blog will know that I travel a lot for my teaching – sometimes my trips, just hard work, others, I meet some fabulous people and manage to have a bit of a holiday as well. My husband stays at home “there’s no better place than Yorkshire” but we have just a weeks holiday. I did a little research and found the cheapest flight I could get was to Portugal so we went from Porto to Lisbon with hand luggage only travelling by train. The plan was to have a textiles free week!
He didnt know it but thanks to my friends Ann and Steve I did a bit of research before hand and found out there was a Costume Museum in the North of Portugal. There is another in Lisbon which i didnt get to.
I have so many photos of tiles – I must make a blue and white quilt sometime. I loved the bottom of the walls where the tiler had some spare and they are just a miss match of tiles that dont fit.
I went to the Tile museum in Lisbon and took stacks of photos here are just a few of the many photos I have
This is one of the photos I took in a contemporary gallery. Quilts?
Porto in the sunshine was beautiful, and as usual I took masses of photos
And an early sunrise
Other images around Porto
Coffee and cake at the Majestic Cafe in Porto
We made a trip north to the market at Barcelos the home of the famous cockerel
There was an exhibition in the pottery museum by Antonio Vasconcelos Lapa
and a photo exhibition with some fabulous photos of women carrying pots
then on to Viana Do Castelo to the costume museum
and a trip on the venicular railway to see the church at the top of the hill
I had booked a night at the “Venice of Portugal” Averio and then on to the coast to see the stripy houses
The rain arrived but it didnt spoil our visit to Coimbra, and gave some spectacular clouds and colours
Here are some images of Lisbon – just look at the colour of the sky
Unfortunately the weather was not brilliant at Sintra but a fabulous trip and so much inspiration for Journal Quilts etc