In the centre of Aveiro is The Forum…
…is all of the street art. There’s always something new and different. In this case, the final year students at the local school were brining a bit of colour to the streets. The ‘exhibition’ was called “Have a NICE Day” (yes, in English).
Another view of the mothballed ships in Aveiro. I wondered whether someone had placed that little boat there deliberately just so photographers could get a really nice shot…
We were fortunate enough to be able to go to the Docks at Aveiro yesterday, my first time. It’s a wonderful place and a dream for photographers. These shipped are mothballed. I wanted to go onto the ship, but thought it was prohibited (probably is) but people do apparently go on board.
I really enjoy photographing the moon and stars, although I don’t really have the right equipment. Still it’s surprising what you can achieve with a long lens nowadays, even hand-held…
…on the bookcase there is a poster tube. It has been there so long, I had completely forgotten what was inside. Upon checking, I found this…
Out in the fields, photographing the flowers, I managed to sneak upon this beauty.
During our day in Aveiro last week we saw this Vespa. Mopeds are a common form of transport in Portugal and some of them are in beautiful condition.
I was out photographing the allotments in Carris and spotted this chap at work. Before I could take a candid shot, he hailed me and asked to take his photograph. Only too happy to oblige.
Actually it is… In London there would be helicopters flying over all of the time, mainly police, but in Oiã anything other than a jet flying over at 35,000ft is something to go out and see. In this case we think the ‘copter was photographing the area, notice the large camera housing on the side.
Remember the chap walking across the railway tracks from a few days ago? Here is something I saw in Aveiro. It was 2006, so would probably not be allowed nowadays, but as you can imagine, I’ve never forgotten this scene.
Last night was cards night. During the evening we stopped for a snack; chouriço cooked over alcohol with bread. Simply delicious.
The rose bush is approaching its ‘out of control’ phase. Soon it’ll need a trim, but in the meantime, this was too good to miss.
From the last post, an example of a half-built house and one that is nearly finished. Both houses were unfinished for 3-4 years, and then there was a flurry of work earlier this year. Seems to have stopped now though.
Like many Portuguese towns and villages, Oiã is a contradiction. There are old and new houses, blocks of flats alongside bungalows, and everywhere abandoned and derelict buildings. Some have been derelict for years, others have been left unfinished.
Partial as I am to old cars, I could not resist taking a photo of this old beetle.
Partial, as I am, to a little tilt:shift fakery, I could not resist this view from the Forum in Aveiro.
This is the classic view of Aveiro, taking in the canals and the boats, the famous brick factory – now the Council offices, and the striking Melia Ria Hotel (which I will always insist is a Borg cube).