Adorable Aveiro

7 thoughts on “Adorable Aveiro”

  1. I imagine this conversation:

    Belinda! I haven’t seen you in forever! How’s that big bruiser, your son Samson?

    Oh nice to see you, too, Sylvia. He was just excepted into one of the world’s finest schools for embroidery. The nuns see a real talent in those hands… Full ride scholarship! He may go pro one day.

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  2. I had to stop and comment on the paella with chunks of chicken & tiny bits of bone. We encountered the same crazed butchers/chefs in Indonesia. The shards of bone due to the crazed chopping of chicken bones midway between joints. We called it chicken McKnuckle!

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    1. LOLOLOL!!! That’s an apt description! This type of “preparation” also reminded me of some of the YouTube videos I watch out of China – they do the same thing, they use a cleaver and chop up the chicken into big chunks. Not my favorite. 😦

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  3. You always make Portugual look inviting, interesting and fun! Those striped buildings though…Why??? Omg, I was getting “wonky eye” looking at your photos. Is there a reason? You’d think they’d be vibrant colors instead like Cinque Terre, Italy. Thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. I did a little bit more research on the houses. Apparently, throughout the 19th century, fishermen from Ílhavo began to move to Costa Nova because the new shore line gave them easier access to sea than in São Jacinto. They began to build haystacks, storages and shelters for the seamen and the fishing boats of the lagoon. The first haystacks were built with local materials and stood on top of stakes pitched on the dry sand of Costa Nova. The outside planks were horizontal and painted in bright red welcoming the sea with color and energy. The interior space was wide and didn’t have any divisions as it was simply a storage house. As the years went by, some fishermen began to transform the haystacks and turned them into living spaces where several families would live during the summer. This started the tradition of painting the structures different striped colors. Hope that helps. I certainly found it interesting!

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