A Different Santa Barbara

The old Archbishop’s Palace in Braga, Portugal consists of three different buildings with varying characteristics, due to their construction during different time periods. The eastern wing, Gothic in style and dating from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, faces the brilliantly colored and meticulously landscaped Santa Barbara Gardens, so named for the statue of Saint Barbara which stands in the center fountain. We wandered over there today after lunch at a nearby restaurant. For someone who has difficulty cultivating weeds, it was a breathtaking dessert after our meal.


Plaques on the site indicate that the design and landscaping were completed by José Cardoso da Silva. Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Central Park, would have been totally at home here.

I did say this was as good as dessert. In a way, yes. But we’ve also discovered the Portuguese national pastry, pastel de nata, a custard number not to die, but to live for. More on that and other fare next time. In the meantime, bom apetite!

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About Tricia Pimental

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tricia Pimental's second memoir, A Movable Marriage, has received 5 Star reviews from both Epic Book Quest and Readers' Favorite. It's available on Amazon in both Kindle (amzn.to/1RtRBwp) and print (amzn.to/1OiGlUU) versions. She is also the author of two Royal Palm Literary Award Competition-honored books: Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way, and Slippery Slopes. Other work has appeared in International Living Magazine; A Janela, the quarterly magazine of International Women in Portugal; and anthologies compiled by the Florida Writers Association and the National League of American Pen Women. A member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and a former Toastmaster, Ms. Pimental resides in Portugal. She can be reached at www.triciapimental.com and on Twitter @Tricialafille.
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2 Responses to A Different Santa Barbara

  1. Beautiful photos! That’s certainly the climate to keep gardens flourishing year around…here in Chicago all of our flowers hibernate 😉

    Thanks and cheers!
    Courtney Hosny

  2. Thanks for visiting! More coming this week about a local festival… T.

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