Discarded memories, a mystery at Cabo Espichel

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It seems fitting that a place as atmospheric as Cabo Espichel, perched on towering cliffs high above the blue-green waters of the Atlantic, would come with a mystery attached. In this isolated and desolate place, it was a mystery that seemed desperately sad and very human.

Coastline at Cabo Espichel, Portugal Coastline at Cabo Espichel, Portugal

Coastline at Cabo Espichel, Portugal Coastline at Cabo Espichel, Portugal

I was walking behind the Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Cabo towards the crumbling cliffs that are being slowly eroded by the giant Atlantic waves, when I saw what at first I assumed was a pile of litter tipped over the edge but not out of sight. I was silently cursing the person who had littered in such a wonderful place when I realised that some of the litter was photographs.

Coastline at Cabo Espichel, Portugal Coastline at Cabo Espichel, Portugal

Ripped up photographs at Cabo Espichel, Portugal Ripped up photographs at Cabo Espichel, Portugal

Closer inspection revealed that the pile of paper being buffeted by the breeze was actually…

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