Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday Travels To Portugal...!

Mother Nature host some of the most beautiful sights in the world, some in our country and some in other countries!

When you see a place like this, natural beauty enhanced carefully by the hand of man, it makes you wonder how a people that so lovingly cared for and maintained sites like this...can still be cold enough and uncaring enough and even mean hearted enough to be responsible for the types of carnage we see on the news each and every day!
 Quinta da Regaleira
Quinta Da Regaleira
Sintra - Quinta Da Regaleira - Portal Da Entrada

Another of my favorites, the Initiation Well located at Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, Portugal contains a descending spiral staircase which leads to a variety of exits. The well gets its name from the belief that it was home to masonic initiation rituals. At the well’s bottom is a compass rose atop a Knight’s Templar cross. The symbolism of the well relates to life and death, a common theme for initiation rituals. 

I've never been to this place, but I feel that it would be awe inspiring to visit! It would be great to know a little more history about this marvel, don't you think?

Coffee out on the patio this morning. It's chilly, but there's no snow or rain and that's a good thing.

10 comments:

Phyllis (N/W Jersey) said...

Beautiful, just beautiful! Sometimes man IS good!
Cold and windy here with more snow tomorrow. Think I'll bring some hot buttermilk biscuits and blueberry jam for all!

JO said...

That is so beautiful and just hope there wasn't any death reason for its being.

It is 29 here and not much sun. So coffee at your patio sounds wonderful.

linda m said...

What an incredibly beautiful place. I just wanted to wish you a belated Merry Christmas (I was visiting family over the Holidays) . Your blog is always one of the first places I visit every morning. I also consider you one of my cyber-friends and I enjoy stopping by for coffee every morning. Merry Christmas Hermit Jim! It is 27 degrees here in S.E. WI with a lite snow falling.

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
It certainly is a beautiful place, isn't it?

How is it that Man can be so creative and then so destructive at almost the same time? A mystery, for sure!

Thanks for coming over today!


Hey Jo...
Whatever the reason was for building it, it turned out very nice!

Makes you wonder just where all the exits go, doesn't it?

Thanks, sweetie, for coming over today!


Hey Linda...
I been wondering just where you were!

27 is way too cold for me, so my patio sounds a lot better! It is starting to drizzle so we may have to move inside!

Belated happy holidays to you and your family, my friend!

Thanks for the visit this morning!

edifice rex said...

That is a beautiful place! I would really like to see that in person.

HermitJim said...

Hey Anne...
You and me both! Sure would make for an interesting road trip!

Thanks, my friend, for coming over today!

Dizzy-Dick said...

That is the most beautiful hole in the ground that I have ever seen.

Dizzy-Dick said...

Oh, I know. It is an ancient missile silo.

BBC said...

I don't travel much anymore, it's too hard on mother earth.

HermitJim said...

Hey Dizzy...
It is pleasing to the eye, isn't it?

As far as being as missile silo...I don't know about that!

Thanks for the visit today, buddy!


Hey BBC...
Certainly nothing wrong with staying home!

Thanks for dropping by!