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Implantaçao da República

Posted on Friday, 06 October 2006 at 03:00.

Thursday, October 5th, a national holiday in Portugal called the Implantaçao da República. The weather was beautiful for a change — no cold rain, but hot sunlight instead. In the afternoon I went downtown to see if there was anything going on. The birth of the republic is worth a party, after all. It was pleasantly busy, the fountains spewing water seemingly higher than usual, the water a bright white, illuminated by the sun. I decided it was time to take some pictures of water.

In case you’re wondering: except for some cropping here and there, all pictures are straight from the camera.

I climbed up the Rua de S. Gonçalo to the Pç. Mouzinho de Albuquerque where I found a statue of a noseless man, then climb eastward up the hill to a closed church on top of a cliff from which I had a nice view. I went into several cafés and restaurants and looked from balconies and roofs down onto the city, met two mime players (puppet and puppeteer), saw at least three roasted-chestnut-sellers, and walked about until the sun started setting. Braga bathed in a golden light, especially Rua do Souto, which extends exactly to where to sun sets and slopes down: it can’t get any better than that. Parts of the gardens of Santa Barbara glowed as well, as did the buildings around it, and the sun cast trees’ shadows on a fountain.

After sunset I had a tropical pizza (with pineapple and peach) in the Celeste restaurant, then walked home.

Comments

By Arynne on Monday, 09 October 2006 at 12:59:

I am so envious of all the wonderful things you are getting to enjoy! I hope you’re doing well. =) Much love,

Arynne.

By Martijn on Monday, 09 October 2006 at 15:27:

I’m doing great, thanks. =) I’m really having a great time. I hope the same for you. <3

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