Category Archives: Festivals

Holi Guacamole

It’s so hard to know what to write about when I have been out of wifi range for several days. So much happens on every single day of these trips it is easy to be working on overload. I think … Continue reading

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Walking, Day Seven: The Walking is Finished

Thursday night was the last night of our Inntravel itinerary.  Therefore, Friday was another walking-free day.  But it was an active day, nonetheless.  Michael and I had to get to Siena to pick up our rental car, which will be … Continue reading

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Magnificent Houses and Fruit Festooned Bulls

In the interest of getting up to date with my blog posts, I was going to skip the events of Saturday, January 16, but I realize that I cannot.  However, I may conflate a couple of days in the interest … Continue reading

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To Karaikudi and Beyond!

  We folded our Madurai tents the morning of Friday, January 15th, and began our drive to Karaikudi, the next stop on our west to east transit of southern India. Our first stop along the route was at a flower … Continue reading

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It’s Alloween

Saturday was Halloween, a holiday that we seem to have exported to France. At our Friday night gathering, we discussed this export and wondered if it were a good thing or a bad thing.  Suzi did some quick internet research … Continue reading

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Festival of San Joao

We really lucked out on Portuguese festivals.  We began with the festival of St. Antony in  Lisbon and we ended with the festival of St. John in Porto.  Each had very different traditions* but both were citywide craziness with everyone … Continue reading

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Lisbon Festival/Festival of San Antonio

As I have mentioned before, June is a good month to be in Lisbon.  Lots of stuff going on.  The jacaranda trees are blooming, the Lisbon book festival is happening, and all the Lisbon/San Antonio festivities are taking place. It … Continue reading

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Lisbon Interrupted

A few miscellaneous thoughts thought on our first few days in Lisbon: The cathedral was a big yawn . . . I think that the young lady shown above laid down to rest part way through her tour of the … Continue reading

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Farturas?

Before we left Lisbon for our walking trip, we noticed decorations going up throughout the city but particularly densely in Alfama.  We also noted that many temporary stalls were being constructed along the sides of already very narrow streets and … Continue reading

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England, the Dark Side: Devils and Witches

Sunday.  Not a day one usually thinks of in conjunction with devils and witches.  It dawned gloriously with deep blue skies, bright, autumn sunshine, and only the gentlest of breezes to caress ones cheeks.  We broke our fast with sweet/tart … Continue reading

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