Please welcome my second guest in my weekly Portugal travel interview series, Valerie Curtiss. She’s the lady in the middle of the photo and has a remarkable story to tell.
Who are you? Could you tell us a little about yourself, please?
I was born in England during WWII, and my name is Valerie Da-Silva Curtiss. I am retired; was a medical transcriptionist and Quality Assurance Editor for 35 years. In 2005 I had a stroke, and have actually recovered amazingly, I couldn’t speak, couldn’t write, and had to draw my “wants and needs” to communicate. Now I write, paint, and love to take photographs and my passion for gardening shows up in all of those three, as I photograph flowers, paint them, and I was the garden columnist for The Whole Shebang, when I lived in Coos Bay, Oregon. Now I live in a little town in Montana and I just started to blog about Portugal on my My Passion for Portugal pages.
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There are baptism, marriage and death registration books available on the net but unfortunately not the case for Elvas or Évora.
Part of the books were digitalized… like for Algarve…
Lovely lady and lovely interview. Best of luck to Valerie.
Glad you enjoyed reading it, Sami. I agree, her story is really interesting and inspiring.
Yes, Valarie da Silva Curtiss is a most wonderful lady and best friend. Val has gone throuhg her share of hell but now she can go to her beloved Portugal for her heavenly trip. God Bless you Val, love the postings and photos and especially the beautiful writing!
Thanks for commenting, Mo. Valerie does indeed seem like a special person and I feel privileged to share her story on my blog.
She sounds like a lovely lady, and what a fantastic recovery she has made. I’m going to enjoy visiting her blog, I know, Julie, and thanks very much for your generous link to mine.
You’re more than welcome, Jo. I thoroughly enjoyed Valerie’s story and I’m really impressed at her recovery and commitment to Portugal.