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A Journey to Portugal

By Kim Charles


Cliff Calcada gives us a glimpse into the gardens and architecture of Portugal 

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"I visited my homeland of Portugal recently, a place where fabulous food and friendly people can only be surpassed by its natural beauty.  Where kings lived and where pioneers in the age of exploration! Left behind are just some glimpses of its history –  what better way to revive that history then go to where Royalty lived and visit the royal garden with its breathtaking beauty." The garden photos are from the Palace that dates sometime to the 1500s and it is still very well kept with its beautiful architectural design and breath taking gardens in back."


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  1. frankgreenhalgh 11/02/2016

    Hi Cliff - Thanks for sharing your photos of the magnificent Royal Palace and formal gardens. Lots of history there! The photo. of the path with the border hedges and arches is fantastic. Cheers from Australia

  2. jeffgoodearth 11/02/2016

    I have no words except,,,,,, I love it all! especially that first picture with the Crape Myrtle. Outstandingly beautiful

  3. user-7007498 11/02/2016

    Thanks, Cliff, for sharing photos of your visit. Beautiful. The first photo is so amazing with the distant hillside so perfectly framed. My favorite photo is the one with all the windows. Very artistic.

  4. user-4691082 11/02/2016

    Cliff, please tell us about the roses? in picture #6. How are they grown in the taller stories? Thanks for sharing your beautiful vacation with us!

  5. NCYarden 11/02/2016

    Spectacular. Really enjoying these photos. As simple as it is, I love that fern covered hill with the stilted pines - very serene. Thanks for sharing.

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    treasuresmom 11/02/2016

    Photos are pretty but I imagine it was really awesome in person.

  7. foxglove12 11/02/2016

    What a nice treat. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Cenepk10 11/02/2016

    Whoa... you weren't kidding breathtaking....

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 11/02/2016

    I've heard nothing book good things about Portugal. Thanks for sharing your visit and these wonderful images. You hit those Crape Myrtles at peak!

  10. greengenes 11/02/2016

    So great to your country this morning! These are beautiful pictures! I went there and went to the "Matuse" gardens and they were quite old. I so enjoyed seeing your country and would love to go back and see more! Thanks for sharing with us!

  11. Doxnmomx2 11/02/2016

    A visit to Portugal is going on my Bucket List. Such a lovely mix of man-made formal and pure nature. The tree with the moss (or ferns?) is stunning.

  12. schatzi 11/02/2016

    Beautiful photos of a place many of us will never see in person. Thanks.

  13. jagardener 11/02/2016

    Postcard Perfect. Thanks

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    LindaonWhidbey 11/02/2016

    Great photos, Cliff. I especially love the photo with the crepe myrtles and the flower laden building is beautiful, too. Portugal is definitely on our list of places to visit.

  15. yourhomeonlybetter 11/02/2016

    Wow Cliff...that is gorgeous!

  16. wGardens 11/02/2016

    I would guess your visit was much too short! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. I love them all but the pines towering above the ferns really called to me! Impressive architecture!

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    user-7007816 11/02/2016

    Portugal has been on my bucket list for some time, but it just zoomed to near the top. Thanks for sharing a sampling of the gardens of Portugal.

  18. perenniallycrazy 11/03/2016


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