Friday, January 16, 2009

A tiny private paradise / Pequeno paraíso privado


Some people dream with a life in a luxury apartment with a Jacuzzi on top of a modern skyscraper. I have nothing against it, and how good it would be if all people's dreams could be reality, but my idea of paradise is much closer to a peaceful existence in a corner like this... Except that I am not an old lady - although I've been more far from her male and snappy equivalent - and know nothing of embroidery ...
Há quem sonhe viver num luxuoso apartamento com jacuzzi no topo de um moderno arranha-céus. Eu não tenho nada contra isso e muito bom seria que os sonhos de todas as pessoas se realizassem, mas o meu ideal de paraíso estaria mais próximo de uma existência sossegada num recanto como este... Excepto o facto de eu não ser uma velhota, - embora já tenha estado mais longe de ser o seu equivalente masculino e resmungão – e não saber bordar!...
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6 comments:

Arménia Baptista said...

Lindo!...especialmente aquela esquininha de azulejos e pedra lavrada!!!
bom fds

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Sempre achei irresistível a combinação de azulejo de padrão azul e amarelo com janelas de vermelho-vivo... Hei-de voltar a esse assunto!
Bom fim-de-semana!!

Villager said...

Pode não saber bordar mas imagine que o tempo está bom, á boa maneira portuguesa, e que se está aqui a pintar “plein air” a bela vista que decerto se avistaria deste miradouro!

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Ora aí está uma tarde muitíssimo bem passada!
Um abraço!

Stephen Dell'Aria said...

You watercolors are simply amazing and make the strong connection with the past that you seek. In America, where I live, we flip over backwards to eradicate our past. What a shame! Yes, we have historic societies and committees in most of our communities to preserve significant places but what is viewed to be of importance, in my opinion, is not inclusive; it doesn't go far enough. Americans are estranged from their past. I think that hurts how we think of ourselves. The bulging 4,000 or 6,000 square foot prize that obsesses home buyers just seems a game to my mind.

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Stephen, your words could be exactely the same I could tell you about my country. The architectures and ways of life of the past and all their lessons are regarded with a deep prejudice. They are seen as something "old" or "poor", or just unfairly connected with the dark days of dictatorship...
Meanwhile, an erroneus idea of "development" takes place in the form of a concrete madness that destroyed the charm of most of our cities, towns and their surroundings, and is still being feeded by the actual government which, in the name of the economical crisis, prepares itself to destroy natural areas with massive dams, motorways or big holiday resorts, and will let go part of our historical heritage to private ownership...
We still have little corners of paradise and simplicity, but I wonder how longer...