A Town Harry Potter Would Love

Somewhere, in the hills of central Portugal, there is a town where students walk to class in full length black capes, the fabric brushing the cobblestoned streets

A town with a confection of architecture

Where a chapel has been converted into a coffee shop

And a confessional into a bathroom

From a distance, the university town of Coimbra looks like it has been pulled from the pages of a fairytale

A town where students sing in the streets

Past an old woman selling boiled fava beans

With touches all around 

that remind one 

of Hogwarts


  1. By Jove! How interesting and surprisingly beautiful all this is.

  2. It could be Hogwarts! (Here's one *adult* who adores Rowling's books and all the movies!) I would have thought the same thing you did....all that's missing are the Owls....and perhaps they show up at Twilight! A-ha-ha!

    I particularly love the Confessional....

    Your photos - as always - tell the tale beautifully!


    ♥ Robin ♥

    p.s. Those desserts.... oh yum!!!

  3. I never realised that Portugal is so charming. There are so many places that I want to visit and there's so little time. Travel is always such an enriching and rewarding experience.

  4. So very beautiful...the chapel now coffee shop...oh swoon...I want to sit there and enjoy that cup of goodness and pastry.Thank you my friend..for allowing me to escape for a bit.Beautiful.

  5. Ah! No Way! Pictures of the capes! Sis, I almost got tears in my eyes when I saw the first shot -- I'm such a sap. Thank you for these!!

  6. Romantic, the best of humanity, beauty every day at arm's reach. A privilege to walk there, and to see through your lens and hear through your words.

  7. What a beautiful and magical place this is, hard to inagine it is real. I adore that some of the buildings are pale pink too, so enchanting. You have captured it so well, makes me long to visit. Minerva x

  8. It is a fairytale city! Your post enchants me. I'm longing for vacation in the midst of MS revisions. Thanks for the mini holiday on your blog.

  9. WOW!

    Amanda, you take me to places I only dream about.

    Swoon to you,
    With love

  10. between confections and confessions- everything is here. we just have you to show us how to see. thank you.

  11. Wonderful pictures and creative words. Delightful travelogue, thanks, amanda.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting
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  12. What?! They look like little wizards and witches! I want to go to school there :)


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