Not so peaceful… Moncarapacho

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Last day of Carnival 2020 and Moncarapacho was making the most of it.  My Dad loved a party!  It would have been his birthday today and I’m smiling as I think of him, tapping his stick and nodding his head to the music.


  1. You must be exhausted with all the festivals and carnivals in your area. I would never have thought that Portugal had so many days of fun. They used to see so staid, and dare one say it, dull compared to the Spanish. The contrast as soon as we drove over the border was striking. Mind you, that was in the days of Salazar and although Franco didn’t make for much mirth in Spain, the new influx of tourists was waking that country up before they got to Portugal. We loved it as it was, however, and I have very fond memories of it.

    1. That contrast is still there, Mari, and my husband cannot abide the Spanish, noisy, zest for life. I struggle to get him over the border because he likes the peaceful ways here, but that does not mean that they do not love life in Portugal. Chalk and cheese, they may be, but we’ve had our share of good times here. And hopefully, many more to come. (but I have my eye on Cadiz for Carnival next year 🙂 )

    1. I know, darlin- to my shame I had to check what year he died! 2016- so near and yet a lifetime away. 🙂 🙂 I try to hang on to family and contacts, but what do you do? Just busy living life, and bloody grateful, Gilly. I will always be grateful that our paths crossed, hon- however fleetingly.

    1. He did! I think it was October time so no Carnival 🙄. And he didn’t like the cobbles or the hills but he did like a party and being surrounded by family and friends, Jude 🥳💕

  2. Its nice way for our love once to remember them even they are not here in our life but the spirits of them are still on our heart mind to remembers and the best way for me is the listing the music they love while they here in our life and for me music is the sounds for enjoyment love and peaceful to keep all us smile 😁 very inspiring moment of love idea mam restlessjo 😍

    1. It was a day and a half, Margaret, because we did another walk in Pecháo yesterday morning, back to the restaurant there (more cake- Dad loved that too 🙂 ) then on to the Carnival 🙂 🙂

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