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International Club hear from Francisca and Roy Nichols about Portugal
Thursday, February 16, 2012 • Posted February 16, 2012

On a cold, cold afternoon in Horseshoe Bay on Sunday Feb. 12th, a large group of attendees at the International Club enjoyed a presentation by Francisca and Roy Nichols on their life in Portugal.

As always the delicious casseroles, salads, and desserts were prepared to share.

The gatherings each month provide an opportunity for residence of Horseshoe Bay to meet with their friends, hear a talk on travels and life in foreign countries, and share their specialty of the day. There are places where the presenters have perhaps lived for a time in their lives. The audience can see placesthey may have visited, lived in or hope to visit. This week Francisca who was teaching and Roy Nichols who was with the Embassy, shared their story of how they corresponded for two years, before they finally met, fell in love, and were now sharing that time of their life with the HSB International Club.

Roy said the country is about the size of Indiana with approximately 10 million inhabitants. It was originally settled by the Celts in 1139, then the Romans and eventually in the 14th Century the Kingdom of Portugal was formed.

The kingdom was very influential around the world with many colonies. In 1974 the colonies were finally given their independence. He showed an area of Algarve Resort with many beautiful villas, mostly painted white with red roofs, where Germans, Swedes and many others retire. English is considered the second language of the area.

There are many cork and olive trees in the area and their photos evoked laughter when it showed the women as the olive pickers and the men as the singers, entertaining the folks.

They covered different areas and pointed out that Fatima was a great tourist destination. Each month the 13th of the month is special for those wanting to see where the children saw the apparition of Mary. Sintra is another town considered a “Beautiful Eden”, so identified by Lord Byron when he visited. Lisbon, was seen with its noteworthy statue of the explorers and its seven hills. Their famous bridge is a replica of our Golden Gate Bridge and it was built in 1965. He also focused on northern Portugal with its beautiful gardens, beaches and of course the “Temple of Diana, built by the Romans.

They spoke of their years teaching and time spent making the beautiful rugs created by Roy, not on a loom, but with a needle and thread on a jute background. He showed many photos of the rugs and brought a few for the group to enjoy. He said he still owns all the heirlooms that he and his wife stitched.

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