These pictures taken in March 2010 are unfortunately a little hazy due to heavy sea mist and high humidity.
As you drive through the countryside of the Algarve and Alentajo regions you cannot fail to notice the Portuguese landscape features many abandoned houses – ruins as they are called. I often wonder what happened to the occupants and why they abandoned their homes. Was this the price of progress? People no longer wanted to live off the land and therefore moved to towns to find work? Or perhaps the owners died, their siblings had moved on, and these old houses unwanted and unloved abandoned to fall into disrepair. I attempt to paint a picture in my minds-eye of the family who lived in the house pictured below, but I fail miserably. Their life so different my imagination could never do them justice.
These wonderful old ruins do arouse my curiosity because we are not just talking about a few ruins, they litter the landscape like discarded candy wrappings.
Why? I would love to know why?
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