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A visit to Mairos

Mairos is an historical village in the northern mountains of Portugal within walking distance of the Spanish boarder. My friend’s father grew up there without running water or heat. He was the youngest of fifteen children and by the time he was five or six was was herding sheep. The stone walls from this corner of the world go back to the time when Roman warriors conquered Spain. Stone castles dot the landscape and stone walls mark boundaries everywhere. Stone outcroppings, cobbled streets, and narrowed walled roads wind through small villages. Older homes are built with dry stonewalls using found rocks while newer home are made with cement and granite slabs. Northern Portugal is a rocky landscape!

Stone Trust Board Member Nancy Shepherd sent us these photos and description from her trip.  Thank you Nancy!