Saturday, 28 March 2009

Saturday Photo: A Fountain on São Miguel

This has been a week of intensive work as I prepare to meet next week in Toronto with editors and academics concerning my two next projects.

One of them is a book on the legacy of the Portuguese around the world. Not only were they the first Westerners to visit many parts of the world, their political and social history illustrates problems that we face today. Sometimes they came up with solutions that no one else did, and where they erred they can teach us much too.

A few years ago I had the great pleasure of spending a week in the Azores, visiting Santa Maria, the first island in the mid-Atlantic archipelago to be discovered, and São Miguel, the most populous one. In Faial de Terra, a picture book village on the latter, I found this fountain, a relic of former times that still functions--as does so much of the Portuguese legacy.

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