A massive nativity scene that is displayed each year in the Algarve city of Vila Real de Santo António was our destination today. Marc and I missed seeing this last year by one day and were determined to see if this time around. We were not at all disappointed, in fact, we were left a bit speechless with the magnitude.
The 220 sqm scene took more than 40 days and 2500 hours to create. Work on the tiny figures and individual scenes started a year ago. It includes over 20 tons of sand, 4 tons of stone powder and 2,500 kilos of cork with almost five thousand figurines on display.
There also is 160 square meters of moss and a giant platform under which all the technical stuff goes on for the animation, water features and illumination. The fun of this Nativity scene is in the mechanical figures and other moving parts. Birds flying, hoeing, raking, axes, water wheels, chickens bobbing for food, etc.. It was so alive!! Photos don’t really do it justice but……..here are a few to give you an idea.
Well worth the drive. It’s going to be on until January 6th so we’ll probably take James, Chloe and Henry when they arrive, if interested.
We walked to one of our favourite restaurant finds from last year only to sadly discover it is no longer. The windows all papered up! We headed back to the car then onward to another place outside town that we had always said we should stop at!
A full morning and afternoon for us. We took our time driving home and on arrival, a fire was started to take the humidity out of the room. A pot of chicken stock is simmering on the stove, the scent is wonderful and Marc broke down and put on some Christmas music for me…………a few days earlier than our agreed timeframe. He is not a Grinch……..and to prove that…………..