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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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Capela do Senhor da Pedra (Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto, Portugal) (3)

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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?) 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

Sunday Preview: The Great Outdoors, South Of Porto

Parque do Buçaquinho (Esmoriz, Portugal)

Parque do Buçaquinho (Esmoriz)

We spent the entire day outside, and we have some pink faces to show for it. Also, lots of photos from nature in Espinho, Esmoriz, and Ovar — all places new to me and within an hour of Porto, due south. Still going through the photos, here’s a tiny preview.

Espinho

Espinho

Parque do Buçaquinho (Esmoriz)

Parque do Buçaquinho (Esmoriz)

Ovar

Ovar

July 20, 2014
Album: Portugal (Summer 2014)

Saturday Preview: Floating Umbrellas In Águeda

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We had a full day today: a big loop starting with a Ciência Viva no Verão (Ciência Viva in the Summer) tour of the TV antenna tower in Vila Nova de Gaia, driving south to see the umbrella installations in the town of Águeda, then back to Vila Nova de Gaia, to go the beach at sunset. Tomorrow morning we’re up even earlier to attend another summer activity sponsored by Ciência Viva, viewing migratory birds in Espinho to the south. It’s forecasted to rain in the morning, let’s see if it comes true!

For now, a tiny preview of the umbrella art installations in Águeda which transform the town in the month of July.

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July 19, 2014
Album: Águeda, Portugal

Flashback Friday: Scotland 1994

St. Andrew's cross carried on the Unicorn Leisure Great Scottish Run (Glasgow, 1993)

St. Andrew’s cross carried on the Unicorn Leisure Great Scottish Run (Glasgow)

A month ago we celebrated our first anniversary and my birthday in Baia das Gatas, Santiago, Cabo Verde.

A year ago, I was weathering a heatwave in Toronto and posting photos and videos of my birthday/wedding trip to the Azores.

10 years ago, I was living in Vancouver, complaining about 51% humidity – really? — and facing those familiar post-trip blues.

20 years ago, I was in Scotland, nearly halfway through my expat life there which lasted two years. I realized while searching for pictures to go along with this post that I have scanned hardly any of the prints from that time in my life. Since they were all taken with point-and-shoot film cameras, archiving involves the tedious job of scanning, but I’d really hate to lose the prints or negatives. Those two years in Scotland were very formative, and pictures would help a great deal to remember things, that’s for sure. My brain is getting rather fuzzy about details, 20 years on. Let’s see what I can remember…

Some notable things in 1994:

I know there was much more to 1994 than that. If I ever dig out my journal from 1994, I can fill in some blanks!

Glasgow, New Year's 1995

Glasgow, New Year’s ’94/’95

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

sculpture garden (University of Glasgow)

sculpture garden (University of Glasgow)