This is the refectory of the Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaça. About half of the austere refectory is in the picture. I doubt that all of the 999 monks could attend in one sitting - not enough elbow space. The entrance from the cloisters is a one man kind of doorway. Although the monks in the first two decades worked hard in getting the general area of Alcobaça settled down, the later lot was more static and ate a lot. They were described as waddling monks. So the abbot decreed that if a monk couldn't pass through that door, they were automatically on a fast, until they would fit through.
To the left in the main picture is a pulpit thing, from which someone would read and pray while the monks had their meal. I thought it interesting enough to take a picture. Not so very symmetric.
Currently we have summer and with that, summer holidays. We will be going to see the sea. These will be the last pictures for a while. Right after the break, I will be going for a makula repair in my right eye, which means they take out the jelly, do the repair and pump the old eyeball full of gas. Over time the body exchanges gas for fresh jelly. Anyhow, all depends on this op and what happens afterwards, before I know how soon I can return to blogging. Maybe middle to end Jan 2018.
To those of you, who celebrate Christmas and the passing of old 2017, may you have great festivities with your loved ones. All the best for the rest; as well.