Curves and a fairytale bookshop

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Livraria Lello – Porto: the most beautiful bookshop

As you walk through the doors of this bookshop you’ll notice that there is a wonderful stairway and the wooden walls are also very exquisite. The upper floor is filled with remarkable architectural items such as the Art Deco details on the walls, the bookcases and the columns coming from the ground floor; the wooden carvings and the stained glassed skylight also create an amazing magic mood. If you ever come to Porto, don’t miss this neo-Gothic gem from the beginning of the twentieth century.

JK Rowling lived in Porto for a few years working as an English teacher before writing Harry Potter and it is said that this bookshop, (yes!) has inspired her!
If you want you can find out more about this fairytale bookshop here: Livraria Lello

Curve

Life imitates art

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Welcome to my city: Porto (Oporto) in Portugal! These are two pictures I took a few years ago during Christmas Time. I decided to play with the Christmas street lights and this was the result.  Which one do you prefer?

Life imitates art

 

 

Optimistic

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The Guest House, by Rumi

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

(The Essential Rumi, version by Coleman Barks)

Optimistic

 

Ornate

Half of my soul is made of sea scent.                               

Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen

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The moment I read this week’s photo challenge I couldn’t stop thinking of how nature and the seaside can be so creative.

  I am so grateful for living near the coast and be able to take these walks and capture these moments.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”