Sunday, February 19, 2023

PT RR - Favorite Surprise Group * February 23

February cards didn't take long to arrive and they all arrived on the same day.
Foto: Luís Alves
Just like in January, this month, Tiago sent me again a postcard with an elderly woman. These postcards he has been sending me do not specifically identify the location of the photos but they are all from South West Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park.

 Foto: Osvaldo Santos
 There are a lot of places that I haven't visited yet in my country and Soajo is one of them. This village is known of it's espigueiros - granite granaries. 
These granaries are supported on granite slabs from the Peneda mountains. They were built off the ground to protect food crops from rats and other rodents, and were used by the whole community.
The oldest espigueiros date back to 1782, and the whole cluster was constructed between the 18th and 19th centuries. Of the 24 that remain today, some are still used today to store grain, especially corn. - in:
The card was sent by Eric.
I've never been to Soajo to see the granaries but I've been to Rome to see the Trevi Fountain.  
The legend says that if you throw one coin to the fointain you will return to Rome; if you throw two coins, you will fall in love with an attractive Italian and if you throw three coins, you will marry the person you met. There's a right way to do this. You should throw the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder.  
Every day thousands of coins are thrown into the fountain. Thy are so many that in a single day 3,000€ can be collected from the fountain. This money is given to a catholic charity association. 
Pedro has never been to Rome but he sent me this card.

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