Welcome to Thursday’s Special photo challenge again. Today’s theme is WINDING. Instead of sharing why I chose today’s theme, I would like you to read this great quote by Yeats:

Life is a journey up a spiral staircase; as we grow older we cover the ground covered we have covered before, only higher up; as we look down the winding stair below us we measure our progress by the number of places where we were but no longer are. The journey is both repetitious and progressive; we go both round and upward.

The example bellow shows a well from Quinta da Regaleira, a bewildering estate located near the historic centre of Sintra in Portugal. “Built at the turn of the 20th century owing to the rich imagination of its owner Carvalho Monteiro and that of Italian architect Luigi Manini, the estate is an enchanting property featuring a palace and a chapel, a luxurious park with lakes, grottoes, benches, fountains and a vast array of exquisite constructions among which the most mysterious and appealing are initiation wells that resemble underground towers lined with stairs. The wells were never used as water sources; instead they served for ceremonial purposes that included Rosicrucian initiation rites.” (text taken from some tourist brochure).


©Paula Borkovic

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To join the challenge:

  • Make a photo post post on today’s theme, before next Thursday.

  • Link to this challenge post, and tag your post #thursdaysspecial

  • Leave a comment under this post.

Happy Thursday!

Please have a look at the great entries to this challenge:


  1. That is one incredible photo, Paula! And a little philosophy to go with 🙂 I’ve missed you! Hope you thoroughly enjoyed your break. How could you not in Venice, but I hope it did your health good too. I meant to email but here you are again and the time has slipped past. Hugs, darlin!

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  2. What a wonderful well and wonderful perspective, Your quote holds a lot of meaning- I can relate to it, and it matches so well with the photo. Love the music too.

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  3. Ludovico Einaudi always moves me so deeply. Thank you, Paula your musical selections are such a delight to listen to (not to mention the stunning photographs).

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  4. This is so beautiful. For some reason anything to do with Portugal at the moment is pulling at the heart strings!
    I have just spent fifteen minutes ”with” my Brother-in-law, thanks to Google, staring out the windscreen of his very large truck. He’s on his way to Italy! It’s pouring with rain, and he is stuck in traffic, cursing ”Pora drivers”.
    I laughed my head off!
    It would be nice to have a bit of rain. It’s baking hot down here in Jo’burg!

    Hmm…. Winding … I wonder what I can find? 🙂

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  8. This is an impressive sort of staircase, must have been a nice place to explore. 🙂


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