Luis Filipe Catarino
Cape Verde - the friendly islands
[...] In Cape Verde it's so easy to make friends! The "cachupa" fried in a desert disco with Adriano and Cipriano, talking about literature and music, emigration and life experiences, will be forever an image only existent in our souls.
The surprises followed: the sea and desert in Boavista; the intensity of Tarrafal and an assembly with the performance of Ildo Lobo (and the enchantment of a pair of green eyes) in Santiago; the massacreed feet asking for more in the walk through the Paúl Valley in Santo Antão; the fried morey of Salamansa in São Vicente and the saw-fish of Sal; and Fire.
Fire. My island. The curve of the road that without warning, makes the Moon that's the volcano, enter through the eyes. The improbable city of São Filipe descending the hillside and finishing on the cliff.
Joost De Raeymaeker
monarchists immaculate procession
400 years ago, king D. João IV placed his crown at the sanctuary of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, in the small Viçosa Village, in Alentejo. By doing this he greatly emphasized the cult of the Virgin in Portugal, saying in the occasion that he trust the fate of the country in her hands, unless Rome dictated otherwise.
The original statue of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception dates from the 14th century and it's made in stone. It's vestments are from the 18th century. Villagers used to carry another image around town in the yearly procession on December 8th because the original was just too heavy.
Portugal has been a republic for almost a century, but monarchic descendants from the Portuguese crown gather here every year, holding and waving blue and white monarchic flags, as opposed to the green and red republican flag used nowadays and taking part in the procession. At the end of mass, after the procession, the grandson of the last king and the official royal candidate, Dom Duarte, accepts a few people into the order of our Lady of Immaculate Conception. [...]
Manuel Luís Cochofel
Crush on Rush (second part)
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