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

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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

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And an early sunrise


Other images around Porto

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Coffee and cake at the Majestic Cafe in Porto

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We made a trip north to the market at Barcelos the home of the famous cockerel

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There was an exhibition in the pottery museum by Antonio Vasconcelos Lapa


and a photo exhibition with some fabulous photos of women carrying pots

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then on to Viana Do Castelo to the costume museum

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and a trip on the venicular railway to see the church at the top of the hill

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I had booked a night at the “Venice of Portugal” Averio and then on to the coast to see the stripy houses

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The rain arrived but it didnt spoil our visit to Coimbra, and gave some spectacular clouds and colours

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Here are some images of Lisbon – just look at the colour of the sky

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Unfortunately the weather was not brilliant at Sintra but a fabulous trip and so much inspiration for Journal Quilts etc

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