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I know, the title sounds like an ad for whatever travel company.

Still, I've had an opportunity to pass by Portugal recently, and there was so many things to discover that I decided to come back for a long week end.

Lucky me, it was one of the most rainy week end I've ever encounter in my short life. Worse, while I was discovering the joy of handling an umbrella AND a backpack AND a camera AND soaked shoes AND a falling-in-pieces travel guide, the weather was great in Brussels, allowing its inhabitants to have the last barbecue of the year (grrrr!).

But, believe me or not, even with such a bad weather, Portugal is enjoyable, lovable, a well balanced mix of sea, mountains, great food, culture, and charming people. I brought back only few pictures, mostly taken while not raining, but with the plan to get there again in April or May next year, and complete the album.

All this with my brand new Fuji X-T1 and the 18-55. A great camera, if you're hesitating, give it a try. It's...disturbing for a while, but you get use to its behaviour very quickly. The way it fits in hand makes it forgettable but...always with you.

I won't add anything to what I've already mentioned here about my feelings when i comes to visit such a place.

Nor to mentioned that I went there with a small bag filled with my old Nikon F3 and a couple of rolls of T-Max 400 only. Here I am, in another "botanic one".

For those who might be interested the "botanic one" is the botanic garden of Meise, near by Brussels. Worth the tour, with kids as well, and there's a nice pavement area with few interesting beers :)

Since a B&W film is not the most convenient tool to shoot thousands shades of...green, I didn't take that many pictures.Still, there's a huge so called "plant palace" that recreates four (or five, can't recall) climates in as much pavilions, stuffed with billions of plants. Funny for an hour or two. Anyway, here are few pictures I took there:

Made new friends here
Probably died of an overdose of nature. Just kidding, the kid's fine.