Cais de Fado 2014: Day 2 Preview

Cais de Fado 2014: Helena Sarmento at Palco 1 Cais de Gaia

Helena Sarmento at Palco 1 Cais de Gaia

The preview posts continue for Day 2 of Cais de Fado 2014, only because we’re road-tripping early tomorrow and there’s no time to edit today’s captures after the trip prep. So I leave you with a few images and all the videoclips I managed to shoot this evening (I had to scoot home before the big show at Serra do Pilar). Full post next week.

Cais de Fado 2014: Helena Sarmento at Palco 1 Cais de Gaia

Helena Sarmento at Palco 1 Cais de Gaia

Cais de Fado 2014: Alexandra Guimarães at Praça Sandeman

Alexandra Guimarães at Praça Sandeman

Cais de Fado 2014: Micaela Vaz at Praça Sandeman

Micaela Vaz at Praça Sandeman

Rui Oliveira at Praça Sandeman

Rui Oliveira at Praça Sandeman


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July 25, 2014
Album: Cais de Fado 2014

Cais de Fado 2014: A Preview

Cais de Fado 2014: Gisela João at Serra do Pilar (Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal)

Gisela João at Serra do Pilar

Fado has a new fan… me! Cais de Fado 2014, Day 1: I saw fadistas Patrícia Costa and Gisela João perform and they were sensational!

But I now have a huge batch of photos that need processing; here’s a preview in the meantime, and a backgrounder on fado.

Cais de Fado 2014: Patrícia Costa at Taylor's Port Wine Cellars (Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal)

Patrícia Costa at Taylor’s Port Wine Cellars

Serra do Pilar (Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal)

Serra do Pilar

Serra do Pilar (Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal)

Portugal does it right: mobile sangria!

I didn’t take any video of Patrícia Costa, only photos. Paulo took some videos of Gisela João’s show at Serra do Pilar. The first one it’s a bit shaky because he’s dancing, and partway through you can hear him singing along:

July 24, 2014
Album: Cais de Fado 2014

The World Needs More Peace

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These are troubled times, to put it mildly.

If you live in a peaceful country, it is worthwhile to reflect on the cost of peace, who paid for it, and to be grateful for it. Peace can disappear overnight, and take years to get back.

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These photos were taken in the municipality of Ovar, about half an hour south of Porto centre. This mural by artist Xavier Almeida was commissioned to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 25th of April in Ovar.

July 20, 2014
Album: Portugal (Summer 2014)

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Oh my goodness. I took so many baby pictures today and they’re all adorable but I’m going to share just this one. Because his expression is priceless and deserves a caption, but I will let you come up with your own.

Got one?

Sunset At Capela Do Senhor Da Pedra

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Capela do Senhor da Pedra in Vila Nova da Gaia is fast becoming one of my favourite places to shoot in Porto. Can you see why? To see a chapel on a beach is unusual, and the beach itself is worth the visit, with its wide expanse of fine sand. Portugal has such an abundance of coastline that there is no shortage of beach to choose from, from wild surfing waves to calm coves.

These photos were all taken on Saturday, on the way back home from our trip to Águeda.

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July 19, 2014
Album: Portugal (Summer 2014)

Hammock Summer

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How’s your summer going? Too hot? Not hot enough?

It’s my first summer in Portugal and I could do without the blazing heat, but I’m not complaining… the beach is nearby and the ocean is good for cooling off. Besides, it could be worse. A whole lot worse. And I distinctly remember the insanity of July in Toronto last year when there was enough water falling from the sky to trap 400 passengers in a commuter train.

I survived eight summers in Toronto without air conditioning, a city with major humidity, and most of those years I lived in an attic flat that felt like a roasting pan in the summertime. But in Portugal the homes are built for hot weather, especially the modern ones — tile floors in the kitchen, wood floors in the rest of the place, electric shutters, and treated glass. The kitchen has big windows which I can open when I’m using the stove or the oven, and if we don’t want to bother with cooking at all, eating out is an inexpensive option. (The food pics get uploaded to Instagram.)

The hammock has been getting a lot of action since I last posted of it, and I predict it will remain a fixture on the balcony even in Q4. And to think Paulo bought it on a trip to Brazil (2006?) before we became a couple and it’s been neglected in a cupboard all these years!

Águeda: Umbrella Sky Project 2014

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The Umbrella Sky Project“add colour to your life!” — is an annual art installation around the municipality of Águeda in the Aveiro district of Portugal. This is the third year for the floating umbrellas, as part of the ninth year of AgitÁgueda, a July festival promoting local culture and the arts in the region. There are concerts, live street performances, sport, entertainment, and the usual festival vendors of food, drink, and crafts.

https://www.facebook.com/AgitAgueda
http://instagram.com/agitagueda
http://www.pinterest.com/agitagueda

2014 schedule (Portuguese) in MySoundMag

You can see more of the project and installations in the promo video from AgitÁgueda:

It goes without saying, the umbrellas are eye-catching! They add a touch of whimsy to the streets, and have been written up in articles further afield.

This is a selection of pictures from Saturday, more can be found in the Águeda album. The festival ends July 27, so if you plan on seeing the installations, you’d better hurry!

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July 19, 2014
Album: Águeda, Portugal