The wild coast of Alcobaça is beautiful, but hidding some risks: last sunday, we witnessed a tragedy under the bright sun and in the calm waters - a distraction, and a boat was turned by a wave, killing one of the fishermen and injuring the other. Looking at the sea, we couldn't imagine such drama.
Baça river draining in Alcoa river gave name to Alcobaça. The merging point of both rivers were for long time abandoned and neglected.
A few years ago workings were started to recover and embellish it. Things are much better, but still too much to be done.
One of the monastery's highlights is the huge kitchen.
There, a tank is always freshened by running water, diverted from the river.
In my last visit I noticed that merging two traditions may lead to silly things: someone decided to put fishes in the tank and some other people keep throwing coins to the water. Both things don't go well together - copper is poison to fishes, so the result will be easy to guess!
Watch out for all the pigeons out in front of the monastery. They were swarming all around and you wouldn't want to get a free sample of pigeon hair gel, would you?
This little girl was so cute. Her dad had some breadcrumbs that were attracting all of the birds, much to her delight and it was fun to watch her get so excited about such a simple thing.