Oh Friday. Dear Frida. Here we are again! This week I’m hosting a great photography from Douro Valley in Portugal by Julie Dawn Fox. I felt 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 followed her on Twitter. Or like her Facebook page. Show some love! :)
Picture Story: Douro Valley, Portugal
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 look out 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.