“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden or Life in the Woods
* Gerês, Portugal
“In dreams we enter a world that’s entire our own.Let them swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud.” – Albus Dumbledore (in Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling)
“We’ve all got both light and dark inside of us. What matters is the part we choose to act on, that’s who we really are.” – Sirius Black ((in Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling)
“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.” – J.K.Rowling
*These photos were taken in a local summer fair dedicated to a special Portuguese bread called Broa de Avintes*
” Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes around in another form.” – Rumi
During a walk my family and I took to a forest in the north of Portugal, we spotted this gorgeous tree that had been struck by a powerful lightning strike and we stood there for a few minutes. First we were intrigued and sad for that image. Sometimes thunders only leave a scarf and trees survive and this amazing tree had its branches covered with baby green leaves. It seemed as if the branches were trying to reach the other trees.
After a while my son decided to look inside the tree. Then the most amazing discover took place. The tree was empty inside (first photo). How was that possible? We were not sure what to think. Was the little fellow dying or being born again? It was one of those rare moments where you get the chance to look at something from a different point of view. Well, we decided to think that the tree was finding its way again into the world and its companions. All great changes seem to be preceded by chaos. One thing is for sure, we would love to return there and pay a visit to this little one!
I just wanted to say a big “Thank You” to all of my lovely readers. My life’s changed because you read this little blog and interact with me. A special thank you to those of you who comment on this blog or simply stop by! It means a lot to me. I love reading your posts. I’ve learned so much with YOU all. Most of all I feel grateful to have met so many wonderful people from all over the world and to discover that we are not so distant as it seems and we are all somehow connected, isn’t it?
Cabo da Roca – lighthouse
This monument celebrates the end of the European mainland and the beginning of the Atlantic ocean.
Cabo da Roca, Portugal
Cape Roca is a cape which forms the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. The cape is in Sintra, near Azóia, in the southwest of the district of Lisbon. It is in the nearest point between Europe and the USA.
This magical and stunning atmosphere was described by our famous Portuguese poet, Luís Vaz de Camões (1524-1580),with these words:
Onde a terra termina e o mar começa…
Ponta mais ocidental do continente europeu’
Where the land ends and the sea begins…
Westernmost point of the European continent’
“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha
” Both light and shadow are the dance of Love.” – Rumi
These pictures were taken inside a very famous monastery in the north of my country, Mosteiro de Cete. It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime mornings. When life is sweet and you just want to say thank you.
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
Dandelion, is my father going to be bald?
This week I decided to spare a moment going back to a wonderful childhood memory. There’s a Portuguese belief and a game that we play when we are children and it goes like this. You will need two players at least. First, one of the players asks: “Is your father going to be bald?” Then he blows with one breath the dandelion’s seeds and they both wait for the answer. Well, if all the seeds fly on, you know your father is going to be bald. Then they switch. These are moments of pure expectation and laughter. I still play it with my kids.
I know there are different beliefs about the power of dandelion’s seeds. Would you like to share any thoughts on this? I would love to read them! I’ve read that if you blow all the seeds with one big breath you will find your true love and the dandelion seeds will carry your thoughts to a loved one.