Streetlife in Portugal

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    Focus Guest

    Focus, May 11, 2008
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  2. I don't see streetlife.................I see empty streets Bert.

    The tower on picture 1 is not straight.
    The rest off the picture's have poor composition.

    Nothing but snapshots Bert. Sorry.
    Dicasa Photography, May 11, 2008
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    Allen Guest

    Once again you have made me want to visit Portugal. A question: the
    cacus that we call prickly pear in the US, except most of ours are
    covered with large thorns surrounded at their bases with very tiny
    thorns. Do the Portuguese use their pads in cooking, as they do in
    Mexico? The pads as prepared for cooking are called nopalitos, or
    sometimes nopales, and one use is to cut them into small pieces and put
    them in scrambled eggs. Talk about high-fiber diet! Incidentally, those
    very small thorns are difficult to remove when preparing the nopalitos.
    Allen, May 11, 2008
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    tony cooper Guest

    While this is a comment posted only because of personal animosity
    between the two, it is true that the portfolio would be more
    interesting if people were included in the shots. Without people, the
    scenes are rather sterile.
    tony cooper, May 11, 2008
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    Focus Guest

    Thanks Allen.
    I really don't know if the cactus here grow wild or only by planting them.
    These I found on the road side, but they could have been planted. I'm not
    sure if these can be eaten. I'll have to ask my wife, she's quite a cook and
    knows a lot about food stuff.
    I didn't find it in ingredients of restaurants, but who knows?
    In general there are just a few Portuguese dishes I really like: bacalhau
    com nates (cod with cream sauce, made in the oven), feijoada (little like
    chili) and my favorite: frango churrasqueiro (chicken from a special
    rotating Portuguese BBQ) with piri piri sauce, which is any kind of red
    pepper. Dried, sauce or other liquid.
    I loved visiting Mexico in the past. Food was great!
    Focus, May 11, 2008
  6. Cacti are native to the new world only.

    Jürgen Exner, May 11, 2008
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    C J Campbell Guest

    I agree with other comments that the streets are rather empty, but it
    is still nice to see Portugal through your eyes this way.

    The bell tower reminds of a similar bell tower that I used to see
    frequently in Vigan in the Philippines. The fine webs probably are tent
    caterpillars, by the way. They are a very destructive pest. They live
    in the tents by day. By night they crawl out and begin to eat until
    they have eaten every leaf on the tree and most of its neighbors.

    You could straighten up that bell tower in Photoshop, I suppose.

    Some of the streets appear to be lined with old Roman brick walls that
    have since been partially covered with concrete.
    C J Campbell, May 11, 2008
  8. I think there's room in the world for pictures both with and without people. The
    abandoned house and old wall both suggest the saudade, or sorrow (roughly
    translated) in the Portuguese spirit. The Mediterranean colors are captured well
    and the old wall has nice composition.
    John Rethorst, May 11, 2008
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    tony cooper Guest

    I agree, and I should have written "some of the shots". Some variety.
    tony cooper, May 11, 2008
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Peppers are a new world crop:

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    Paul Furman, May 12, 2008
  11. The prickly pear - dozens of species, but indica is the edible one - was
    broguht to the Med hundreds of years ago. It is planted as a hedge as
    well as a crop, and the Canaries, Malta, Morocco, Spain, Portugal,
    Italy, Greece and most islands have it in abundance.

    I knew it was edible even as a 15-year-old RAF school cadet being sent
    on a march across Gozo. We were instructed not to buy any drink, or eat
    anything. Of course I bought Coca Cola from a house on the way, and I
    picked and ate ripe prickly pear - or over-ripe prickly pear. I was on
    report on arrival at the camp because the old woman selling the coke had
    been briefed to describe every cadet stopping to buy, and out of action
    for the entire day afterwards because of the prickly pear - but they do
    taste good!

    On topic - I carried an Olympus Pen D2 loaded with Pan F, and my record
    was redeemed by filing a set of shots of the trip with the school. But I
    was also removed from that school at the same time and never returned.

    The pix of Portugal are just what they should be. I find the abandoned
    houses interesting as I'd rather like to rescue one.

    David Kilpatrick, May 12, 2008
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    Mr.T Guest

    Maybe that IS an average day in Portugal :)

    Mr.T, May 12, 2008
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    Focus Guest

    LOL, matter of fact, you're right!
    It was around noon and the Portuguese are well known for their "sacred"
    lunch. Much stores close from 1:00-2:30 PM and, except for rush hour in the
    cities, the streets are empty. It wasn't that I told everyone to get out of
    my picture ;-)
    Focus, May 12, 2008
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