Friday, June 6, 2014

Flyday Fridays: Monastery Visit

Hi, all!

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First, I wanna say that this is going to be a picture-heavy post so beware. ;) Second, I´m bringing you today to one of the most enchanting monasteries in Portugal, the Monastery of Sao Martinho de Tibaes, a Benedictine monastery founded in 1060 near the city of  Braga. I wasn´t able to take an outside shot of the monastery building but it´s HUGE. It´s a labyrinth inside but I got out unscathed although a bit overwhelmed because of it´s sheer size, hahaha! Here´s what welcomed me in the cloister, a beautiful garden of peonies, roses, pink flowering plants and a very old fountain.

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On one side is the ancient belfry and just look at the beautiful peonies below, aren´t they breathtaking? I went gaga when I saw the peonies. I thought peonies grow like roses(in bushes) but they´re like trees!

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More pics of one of the cloister´s hallways with it´s geometric designed wood ceiling and the graceful columns and arches which lead to the garden. The church with it´s rococo designed in sculptures in gold is another masterpiece. It has beautiful chapels on each side of the aisle which are spectacular in itself.

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Upstairs is another story. We found lots and lots of rooms where the monks once lived. The bigger rooms with salas belong to the abbot and higher ranking monks while the smaller rooms like in the hallways below belong to the regular monks.

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There´s a halways which connects to the other side of the building and below that is this garden:

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It´s so nice in here, you should come and see it! I was thanking the hubz over and over again for bringing me here. He´s not the flower nor bag or whatever giving type but he sure takes me to places which I only dream of. ;) Oh and by the way, part of the monastery is converted into a guesthouse or as they call it Hostal Convent and it even has a restaurant. It´s too bad that we´ve already eaten when we went there, we could have tried the what they had to offer. Maybe next time. :)

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top and pants- Zara, blazer- New Yorker, bag- Bimba&Lola, shoes(very old)- Ulanka
I hope you enjoyed reading this post. More to come about Portugal, don´t just get bored yet. In the meantime, have fun this weekend, y´all! :)

Warm hugs,


PS: Linking up with Style Sessions´ Friday´s Fab Favorites, Simple Sequins´ Fashion Item Friday, Lena B and Rachel´s Passion For Fashion Friday and Penniless Socialite´s Favorite Fashion Friday.


Elegance and Mommyhood said...

That's a fantastic outfit to travel in, dear. I love all those pieces together. The bag and shoes are darling.

And WOW what gorgeous, amazing historic places you have visited yet once again.

Enjoy the weekend. <3 Ada.

JL said...

Loved all of the pictures! And your outfit looks so perfect for doing some sightseeing. Comfortable, but put together. Adorable flats!


Tracy Miller said...

Gorgeous pictures. I love travel posts!

Dawn Lucy said...

Gorgeous setting! Thanks for sharing these beautiful pics.
Dawn Lucy

Karen @ MrsLookingGood said...

Beautiful place! Europe really has a lot of amazing locations, how I wish I'll be able to go someday.

I wonder how long it took to complete the whole Monastery? They paid so much attention to details, it's just amazing.

Have a great weekend!

- Karen

Anonymous said...

I love navy and rose pink together - such a lovely color combination. Great outfit!

Janet Taylor said...

Lovely blazer, my dear!

april said...

beautiful pictures of the scenery..and oh i love your bag !