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Refectory - the fat factory


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.



comments (16)

i think that this is a good picture of a humble refectory Louis... these were used as a place to sit and reflect... not a large number of people at a time...
that is my opinion at least...petersmile
Louis: Thank you, peter. I believe they would have been having several sittings per meal. The kitchen is enormous.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Dec 2017, 00:38
Fine images, Louis.

Best wishes for a successful eye op!
Louis: Thank you, Ray. About the op, I would love to have good vision in that eye again.
Grand architecture...
Louis: Simple, but grand because of it.
A wonderful place- I love your lighting - difficult I would imagine!

Have a wonderful summer holiday... and best of luck for a successful surgery! From your description, I presume you have a macular pucker? This surgery can be very successful... I'm sure you are in very good hands, and all will be well. We'll miss you here.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family!
Louis: Thank you, Elizabeth. About the lighting with today's very automatic cameras. Next time near sunset - aim just above the horizon and take the picture. Then aim just below the horizon and take the picture. Focus remain the same as the horizon is at infinity, but Automatic Whitelight Balance (AWB) interpret it differently. In the building like this, I aim just next to the light source - big round window.

I had to look up what a macular pucker is - I think the expression is USA only. Doesn't matter, so one learns. The answer to your question is yes, there is a membrane slowly releasing and will be removed.

All the best of the season for you and yours.
it is a simple but still impressive looking space, Louis. all the best for your upcoming procedure.
Louis: Thank you Ayush - much appreciated.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 22 Dec 2017, 06:10
Il y a une ambiance très sereine.
Louis: Je pense, que dans le passé, le seul son était le grattage de cuillères. Quelqu'un pourrait être en train de lire la Bible dans l'arrière-plan.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Dec 2017, 06:22
I am stumbling a bit over the words "the fat refectory, but I understand what you mean! - it is a wonderful interior. My best wishes for your eye op -yes, I have feeling you will be in the best hands.
Ein frohes, seliges Weihnachten für Sie und Ihre Famile und ein glückliches neues Jahr!
Louis: Vielen Dank, Philine. Möge Gott Sie mit einem schönen Weihnachtsfest segnen.
Sounds like the abbot decided to take things into his own hands, Louis, so good for him...and the monks who got back into shape.

Please take care of yourself as you go though your macular repair. If we don't have our eyes, what have we???
Louis: If we don't have our eyes, what have we??? - A lot of other stuff to concentrate on - but it may be less exciting - a whole lot less.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 22 Dec 2017, 07:39
I can't imagine eating in such a strange place. But I couldn't imagine being a monk either..
Louis: I can't imagine you being a monk either, Chris smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 22 Dec 2017, 07:51
I wish you well, Louis, with your holiday, but particularly with your eye op. Look forward to your return
Louis: Thank you Lisl, much appreciated.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 22 Dec 2017, 08:34
What a simple slimming device is a narrow door. We could adopt that idea generally Louis.
Louis: Then we need narrower door openings, than today's standard. Which will make it difficult to move furniture into and out of the room.
I hope all goes well with your eye op Louis and I wish you a speedy recovery and return to Shutter.

Have a great Christmas
Louis: Thank you, Bill. Much appreciated.
The story of the fat and skinny is very funny. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family and ENJOY the seaside. Best of luck on your procedure. Keep in touch.
Louis: Thank you, Mary. Much appreciated.
I often wonder when the monk who done the readings got to have his lunch etc. I had two cataracts dealt with last year and they are doing well, I can only hope your procedure in the new year is as a successful for you and we look forward to heairng rom you again in late January. In the meanwhile a very happy Christmas and 2018.
Louis: I am pretty sure they had more than one sitting. The monks in the kitchen also need refectory time. Thanks for the good wishes, Brian.
A wonderful structure, Louis. Best wishes for the op - I've just had mine lasered, following cataract surgery, to get rid of "posterior capsule opacification" - quite a mouthful, but about 5 mins per eye and then out!
Louis: Thank you, Tom. I always expected my teeth and hair to fall out - and it happen to an extent. The eye troubles is in another league.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Dec 2017, 08:21
What a fabulous pictures these are, Louis. You will be in my thoughts when you undergo the surgery. Please take time for recovery, we so need our eyes.
Merry Christmas to you and yours, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Astrid, on all the good wishes. I would so like it, if the op is a success.

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