Friday Lens Affair #53

Offerings for the baby Jesus, Santa Maria de Salzedas Monastery, Douro Valley, Portugal

Oh, Friday. Dear Friday. Here we are again!

This week I’m hosting a great photography from Douro Valley in Portugal by Julie Dawn Fox. I fell in love with Julie’s photographs from a first sight. Maybe because they are very much my style.

I take a lot of such quirky, faded charm pictures as well. I hight recommend that you check Julie’s blog Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal. And follow her on Twitter. Or like her Facebook page. Show some love! :)

Picture Story: Douro Valley, Portugal

There are so many things to do in Northern Portugal, it is hard to choose.

I came across Salzedas Monastery while exploring some of the wine-producing villages in Portugal’s Douro valley. The church towers were never finished so the building looks odd from the outside.

It’s also got an unusually shaped stained glass window which casts colourful patterns onto the plain stone columns inside. The church was closed for several decades. It has been restored and is once again being used for services by the local community.

Some of the congregation have even marked their place in the wooden pews. With cushions embroidered with their initials.

I’m a sucker for faded charm. And always on the lookout for little details so when I found this battered metal collection tin in a dusty side room. I just couldn’t resist photographing it.

The rest of the room was almost empty. And clearly hadn’t been used for a while. It seemed strange to have left a collection tin there. Although judging by the state of it I don’t think it’s in current use.

Something about it really appealed to me, possibly the hand-painted swirls and lettering which translates as “Offerings for the boy”. I assume they mean the baby Jesus.


24 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair #53

  1. Lunaguava

    Great photo! The “menino” is indeed the baby J – he’s often referred to as “little boy” by the Portuguese. Thank you and good luck!
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  2. I love that cool old-fashioned look!
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  3. Teresa

    Yes, in Portugal the baby Jesus is referred as “Menino Jesus”, menino meaning young boy. Lovely detail!

  4. Travis

    Awesome photo! The Douro Valley is a place we’ve been trying to fit in our European travel for a while now. We figure we will eventually find a cheap flight that fits, and we can’t wait until we do!
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  5. Becky Padmore

    Lovely pick in a beautiful part of the world! :-)
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  6. Samantha

    Lovely pic! I’m not that drawn to rustic or vintage photos but I do like them… I guess probably I’m just not at that level of photography yet haha. I’m going to check out Julie’s blog… I want to visit Portugal!
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  7. Nina

    Such a great picture. Love her photo’s, will be following her too. Tx for sharing the love! :)
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    • I’m really glad that everyone is following Julie, that is a whole idea of this series! Thanks Girls!
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  8. Julie Dawn Fox

    Thank you so much for hosting my photo, Marysia. And for the glowing recommendations and comments :) It’s a treat for me to be here.
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  9. Marysia, photo is really lovely. I am a sucker for faded charm too. This is the second post about Portugal, I’m reading today. Maybe I should go there next.
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  10. Muza-chan

    Beautiful photos… I love the vivid colors…

    • I wouldn’t say they are vivid. I would agree for pastels, even for monochromic but not vivid! :)
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  11. Marianne

    Love Julie’s photos :) I’ve learned so much about Portugal from her blog!
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  12. I always love finding new photographers! I made sure I went and followed Julie :)

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