Puttering about in Portugal

Clawdeen arrived at Oeiras on a beautiful sunny day!


I took her a picture with the Cock of Barcelos, a symbol of Portugal, and I told her about the legend…

It tells the story of a dead rooster’s miraculous intervention in proving the innocence of a man who had been falsely accused and sentenced to death. The story is associated with the 17th-century calvary that is part of the collection of the Archeological Museum located in Paço dos Condes a gothic-style palace in Barcelos a city in the Braga District of northwest Portugal.

In the 17th century, silver had been stolen from a landowner in Barcelos and the inhabitants of that city were looking for the criminal. A man from neighboring Galicia turned up and was arrested despite his pleas of innocence. The Galician swore that he was merely passing through Barcelos on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela to complete a promise.

Nevertheless the authorities condemned him to hang. The man asked to be taken to the judge who had condemned him. At the magistrate’s house, where he was holding a banquet with some friends, the Galician affirmed his innocence. He pointed to a roasted cock on top of the banquet table and exclaimed “It is as certain that I am innocent as it is certain that this rooster will crow when they hang me.” The judge pushed aside his plate because he decided to not eat the rooster. But the judge still ignored the Galician’s appeal.

However while the pilgrim was being hanged the roasted rooster stood up on the table and crowed as the Galician predicted. Understanding his error the judge ran to the gallows only to discover that the Galician had been saved from hanging thanks to a poorly made knot in the rope. The man was immediately freed and sent off in peace.

Some years later the Galician returned to Barcelos to sculpt the Calvary (or Crucifix) to the Lord of the Rooster (Portuguese “Cruzeiro do Senhor do Galo“) in praise to the Virgin Mary and to Saint James. The monument is located in the Archeological Museum of Barcelos.

Rocks Lighthouse

As the sun was shining, Clawdeen and I went for a walk by the sea. Clawdeen enjoyed sitting on the rocks watching the Bugio Lighthouse…


… which sits in the middle of the sea where the River Tagus flows out.

Lurdes and Clawdeen

We took a photograph together looking at the sea the fishing boats and some surfers.

Clawdeen wanted to wet her feet, but she thought that the water would be to cold (Really, I couldn’t take off her boots!).


Then we went to the marina to watch the boats and found the sculpture of the diving whale.


Clawdeen liked it a lot and wanted to take a photograph!


Sitting on a bench she saw the beautiful Tower Beach with more surfers and the Fortress of São Julião da Barra to complete the landscape.


The Fortress of São Julião da Barra was built in 16th century as reinforcement to the defense of Lisbon and its port. Clawdeen was delighted to see a cat that appeared there!

Chocolate Cake

To finish the walk we went to drink a coffee and eat a slice of chocolate cake with chocolate sauce. I have a sweet tooth and I think Clawdeen did, too!

Rita with Portrait

My 5-year-old niece Ritacame to meet ClawdeenandIasked hertodrawaportrait ofher!


What to you think about it, Delilah?

Group Shot

Then we took a picture together and a Rita asked if Clawdeen could stay with her! I explained that Clawdeen had to go home to her own best friend.


I took Clawdeen to my balcony to show her the strawberries and the cherry tomatoes! I think she liked our vegetable garden!


Later, I took Clawdeen to visit the Garden at the Palace of the Marquis of Pombal!

The Marquis of Pombal was Prime Minister to King José I and the one who commanded the reconstruction of Lisbon after the earthquake in 1755.

Dog Neptune Poets Tile

We took a big walk in this garden, admiring the trees, the flowers, the creek, the statues, and the Poets Cascade with the poets Camões, Tasso, Homero and Virgilio.


We laughed at the ducks flying over us!


Finally we went to eat a nice Oeiras Queijada made ​​with chestnuts.

Clawdeen, your visit was much appreciated!

Thank you!

Lurdes Gordo


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