São João – hammers and the floss.

Porto June 2108 Festival of São João of Porto (St John of Porto) is celebrated on midsummer or the night of the 23rd June. the tradition of hitting each other on the head with a head of garlic or more modernly with a plastic hammer was never really explained to us, but it was fun…

Merano and the ascent up the Jaufen Pass

Merano SudTirol, Italy August 2017 The trauma of the canopy is over for now and we can move on. We decide we still want to explore Merano. Merano became increasingly popular as a spa resort, especially after Empress Elisabeth of Austria started visiting. Dating from the 19th century are the civic theatre, the Kurhaus and the…