|A rooster in Obidos|
The next day was our last day and we kept ourselves very busy and tried to get to bed early for our 0415 check out to head to the airport for our 07~ flight. So I don't think I actually read it until I was unpacking our luggage on the Monday.
When I finally read the legend I was quite pleased it had nothing to do with cock fighting and machismo. It dates back to the 13th century and comes from the village of Barcelos in northern Portugal. A man was accused of stealing, in a time and place when theft was prosecuted and death by hanging was the penalty. The man proclaimed his innocence, time and time again. He requested a final meeting with the judge before his hanging. As the judge was just getting served his supper, the man told the he was innocent and if he was killed, the cockerel on his plate would crow. The judge was not convinced but the cockerel crowed and the man was immediately set free. Talk about salmonella threat! For a slightly more elegant telling of the legend, check out the Wikepedia or Cascais travel websites.
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