Oh, Summer…it seems it was such a long time ago…! Coming back to these images and editing them gave me a strike of homesickness, especially today in London where there is no light.
We call it SAUDADE.
A feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia that is supposedly characteristic of the Portuguese temperament.
I love living in a busy, chaotic and culturally rich city like London but my heart will always be by the beach, in this little village near westernmost point of Europe. Here you fall asleep with the sound of the waves, where the ocean is never calm and the days are long.
After almost a month enduring the not that lovely London weather I could’t help but feel nostalgic when I finally edited my summer holidays pictures. I spent summer with my daughters in Portugal and I took my camera to document our carefree sunny days.
August was a magical month – we spent our time in my home country mostly either at my parents’ or at our beach house. The girls had lots of fun and days were super relaxed – running around barefoot after the dogs, riding bikes, diving in the pool, and trying new things everyday.
It somewhat felt like my childhood summer days in the 90s. I remember the excitement of having three whole months to enjoy after school had ended. Some days we just wondered around the garden with the dog and built imaginary friends out of old stuff my dad collected in the garage. I feel very luck my kids can start to create the same good childhood memories.
– Pool days
My dad set up a small pool in the backyard to help us cope with very high temperatures – it can get as hot as 43 degrees. The girls love water and the excitement is clear in their faces. Isabel was confident in the water, she has now been able to swim underwater for some time. Melanie loves to splash around and I was able to capture her together with her cousin having loads of fun.
– Lisbon and the Aquarium
We visited Lisbon a few times but I didn’t really want to carry my DSLR camera around. The only exception was when we visited the Oceanarium – a lovely place to capture pictures of your kids with all the gorgeous blue behind them. August can be very crowded but I still managed to take some clear shots. I particularly love their faces overwhelmed by the grandiosity of the huge aquarium walls.
– Baleal Beach
This place is very important to me and I will be writing more about it in a separate post. This is a fairly famous surf spot and the ocean therefore can be a little wild and cold, but it’s an amazing place for families – the white sand beach is long and wide and it has tons of little rocks and dunes to explore. The smell of the ocean is extraordinary and hard to find nowadays. My girls had the time of their lives.
– Family and friends
This is also a month to spend valuable time with family and friends. We are lucky both grandparents live in the same town so it’s easy to be together. Living in London without family can sometimes be hard so we try to compensate during the holidays.
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