a reason to celebrate*

starting the day after tomorrow, he'll have a lot more time to draw.
he will have a masters in architecture!
the jitters are already starting, but they will end soon. 
and a big celebration is on the way :)


braids in her hair

we sat in the bench. our backs faced the sea.
she, with the unicorn and ice cream cone bracelet, started braiding.
we looked like kids. we felt like princesses.
it is the power of braids.


pots and more pots

a collection of unsorted pots. 
they seemed to have been forgotten at coimbra's botanical garden.


thank you polly!

today, as i got home, i frantically opened my mail box.
i was expecting a letter from polly, and today, there it was!
beautiful envelope, with drawing and an unsual stamp.
inside there were two lovely postcards of birds (thanks for my favorite!) with the cutest handwritting i've ever seen, a leaf, a moomin (i think i have to revisit some memories, as i only recall seing it on tv as a kid) and a delicious candy!

i love having penpals :)
polly, i'll mail you soon*

 visit polly here, and see beautiful photos 


silvia's new puppy

meet zazu. silvia's new puppy.
he's restless and adorable. 
he crawled up and down the stairs like there was no tomorrow.
his fur is still soft, almost like a cats fur. and his eyelashes blonde, agains the dark brown eyes.
the little kid in me, who wanted every puppy that crossed my eyes, came back for a moment, there.


coimbra's botanical garden

when we visited coimbra, i insisted we'd pass through the botanical garden, even if it was just for a little while.
it was indeed a beautiful place to visit, but i have to confess i was disppointed to find a lot of areas were closed. 
this beautiful structure was one of them. you could see through the wood gaps, a forest growing beyond its capacity. 
the old stone structures and objects were stunning. they looked and felt old. 
stoned pathways, gates, windows, niches... all added to the romanticism of that place.


flowery windows

 a couple of windows that stood out in the old part of the city of coimbra.
every other door in these streets shows traditional hadcrafts. mostly doilies, and tableclothes with beautiful motifs and blue painted ceramics.
when you'd look up, however, you'd notice these lovely windows, it's flowers and it's curtains.
there's something wonderfully precious about decorating the outside (or even the inside) of windows with flowers.


october 28th

 on october 28th i described the late afternoon sky and its crescent moon.
this is exactly it. it looks darker on film than it did as witnessed with my own eyes.
it was just like every summer night, when i get to enjoy the most beautiful sky and the distant city lights.
the warm air, and the inumerous tiny lights, from windows, cars and streets.


why is the sea so spectacularly beautiful?
these were taken on the lovely afternoon we said farewell to olga. the cherished time amongst friends was graced with this beautiful sight.


art memories

i don't know exactly why. but somtimes i find myself photographing someone else's art.
i do it only when it speaks to me. when it makes me feel something.
i guess, at the instant i snap, i want to remember what i saw and how i felt.
and it means so much more, this way, than a print of it in a common brochure.


a lovely day and a broken zenit

yesterday was an eventful day.
after running some errands early in the morning, we wen't to palácio de cristal and its library.
it's my favourtie library to be in. it has the perfect atmosphere, even though it lacks in architecture books. and you get to be surrounded by lovely gardens and animals.
we found the most perfect book for an architect turist in lisbon. and i'm guessing we'll be needing it some time soon!
i saw a lot of peacocks, males and females. their feather weren't as magestic as they ar ein the summer, but they're beautiful to look at none the less.

and to top it all off, i slipped in wet pavement, flown in the air and fell, and broke his zenit along with it... now it doesn't fire at all :(
let's hope the last one doesn't happen again today!