Mist has magical powers:
It can transform ordinary objects
(Here a crane on the jetty in Ericeira, Portugal)
Into classic suspense movie shots.
It turns a sunrise
Into a moment of purple-tinged drama —
And if it lingers all day,
A misty sunset can turn
Landscapes into paintings.
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The kids spent most of their time
In Ericeira, Portugal, surfing.
Some days, the waves
Were big and foamy and fun.
Some days, the lessons took place
Just as the sun was setting
And it looked as if the surfers
Were gliding on gilded waves.
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After the heat of Lisbon,
It was wonderful to escape
To the seaside village of Ericeira in Portugal.
We stayed in a beach house
With gorgeous views of the sunset
And surfers gliding over the golden sea.
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The small bus chugs up the winding roads of Sintra —
And then after a steep uphill climb on foot,
You gasp when you finally glimpse the fairytale outline
Of Pena Palace:
A beautiful example of 19th century
Gorgeous tiles and lemon walls
Are a breathtaking reminder
Of how amazing the human imagination
Coupled with architecture can be.
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Walking through Lisbon is a delicious feast for the eyes.
Wherever you look, there are tiles and mosaics
And beautifully decorated shop fronts
Like this one – it’s the oldest cod cake shop in Lisbon.
And the colour — so warm and delicious
Like this lemon sorbet building;
Or deliciously purple
Even the faded old grand buildings near the harbour
Glitter with the gold of the setting sun
And transform into beauty.
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There’s nothing better
Than strolling along the beach
And drinking in the heady beauty
Of a fierce orange sunset,
While the pink balloon of the disappearing sun
Turns waves into silk.
All photos taken while on holiday in Baleal, Portugal, this summer.
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It’s amazing how much a sky – and a beach –
Can change in the space of a day or two:
From cloudy drama
To the joyfulness
Of dogs frolicking
In a glorious sunset.
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Óbidos in Portugal is famous for being
A perfectly preserved walled settlement.
The castle and its walls date back
To Roman times
But as you walk the narrow and steep cobbled streets,
You meet all kinds of buildings ranging from Gothic
To Renaissance and Baroque standing shoulder to shoulder.
The city gate is a gorgeous
Blue tiled balcony.
The town was very much geared for tourism
So my favourite parts of it
Were the secret alleys,
The quirky old stone houses
And far-away glimpses
Of purple splashes against old tiled roofs.
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The beach at Baleal, Portugal, is covered in dunes
That are environmentally protected.
One evening, I went out at sunset
To see the dunes rising against the sky
Like the humps of camels
While the sun burst forth
In wonderful windows of light.
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