Guess what, it’s Friday!!! There’s no snow any more and it’s getting warmer.
I just saw some photos from a old friend of mine of the almond trees and I have to say how I miss them! Especially in this time of the year, as it’s the blossom season. Really you have to see it, it’s beautiful. Very similar to the sakura’s blossom in Japan.
The credit of the photos it’s all hers, as the last time I’ve been in my home-town was Christmas.
Beautiful isn’t it? Imagine a view between this beautiful blossoms and the sea and the most amazing sunlight? That’s my home-town 🙂
Also, I love the legend linked to these trees, it’s called the Legend of the Blossom Almond Trees:
“Many centuries ago, before Portugalexisted as a country and when Al-Gharb belonged to the Moorish, there was a young and famous king in Chelb (nowadays known as Silves in the Algarve) who had never been defeated in a battle.
One day, among the prisoners of war, he saw the beautiful Gilda. She was a blonde princess with blue eyes and a proud behaviour. The Moorish king was so impressed by this beautiful princess that he set her free. He gradually won her trust and one day he claimed his love and asked her to marry him. They were happy for some time until the young princess got sick and nobody knew what the problem was.
An old prisoner from the same region as the princess, asked to visit the king. The old man said that the princess missed her faraway country full of snow. The king thought there was a solution for the princess’ sickness: he could plant almond trees all over his kingdom and when they flowered, the white buds would show the illusion of snow. So, the princess wouldn’t miss her country.
In the next spring, the king took Gilda to the balcony of the castle and when the princess looked at the white flowers she recovered from her illness.
The king and the princess lived happily for many years and they always waited anxiously for the next spring to look at the beautiful and flowering almond trees.”
Wish you all a great weekend ahead