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Jun 7th, 2013, 03:27 PM
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The Strangest Feast Day in Europe

THE FOLLOWING IS NOT FOR THE PRUDISH.

Amarante is one of the most beautiful towns in Portugal. In fact it was used by TAP in their advertisements. But it has one the strangest festivals, Festa de São Gonçalo. It is when young men and women exchange bread in the shape of phalluses to express their interest. Perhaps not the most subtle way to do things. As you walk through the town during the festival the breads are sold by vendors everywhere. I am not kidding. We have been there in the past and it was either last week or tomorrow but you can plan for 2014.

The following are real sites.

http://www.somewhereintheworldtoday....e-sao-goncalo/
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Jun 7th, 2013, 05:01 PM
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From the GoLisbon Guide: "Amarante is a pleasant and picturesque small town located on the banks of the Tâmega River, crossed by São Gonçalo Bridge. Built in 1790, the bridge leads to the imposing São Gonçalo Convent, named after the local patron saint, protector of marriages. It was begun in 1540 and completed in 1620, with an elaborate Renaissance portal and topped with a red cupola. Inside is a finely gilded Baroque altar and pulpits, an organ with a carved case, and São Gonçalo's tomb. Tradition has it that those in search of a mate will have their wish granted within a year if they touch the statue on the tomb."

It must work, the population is 60,000 and climbing.
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Jun 7th, 2013, 05:15 PM
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I understand that there is a modern version that is gluten free.
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Jun 8th, 2013, 07:54 AM
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Big Aleinstein has the last word...and laughs reign!
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Jun 8th, 2013, 08:04 AM
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are these breads purely decorative, or are they for human consumption?
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Jun 8th, 2013, 08:11 AM
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Portuguese breads are usually delicious, but these were almost inedible, they were hard and dry. I bought one but did not bring it home because I could not think of a plausible explanation when they opened my luggage at customs.
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Jun 8th, 2013, 06:51 PM
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Big Al, very interesting feast. Loved Portugal.


Have you ever been to Sicily? If you visit beautiful Taormina, go up to the hill town above called Castlemola – fabulous views of the jagged coastline of the Mediterranean. An establishment there, Bar Turrisi, is quite unique. The motif throughout is phallic – ashtrays, glasses, lamps, furniture, all made in tribute to the male physique. Unique place to say the least and good for a few laughs.
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