Sunday, June 14, 2009

Cafes and hardware stores / Cafés e drogarias


This colorful tiny town somewhere in the Douro valley, presents on its roadside two of the most typical establishments that can be found in all small towns in the countryside: At the right the inevitable cafe, sometimes together with a grocery store, that is one of the most lively meeting points for everyone, and at the left one of those delightful hardware stores selling everything you need for the affairs of farming or building, from a simple bottle cork to a small tractor...
Esta vila colorida situada num pequeno vale algures no Douro, apresenta à beira da estrada dois dos mais típicos estabelecimentos que podemos encontrar nas pequenas localidades do interior: À direita o inevitável café, que por vezes acumula as funções de mini-mercado e que é um dos mais animados pontos de encontro de toda a gente, e à esquerda uma dessas deliciosas drogarias onde se vende tudo para os afazeres da lavoura ou da construção, desde uma simples rolha até um pequeno tractor...
Lana cold-pressed 8"x8" - 140lb (20x20cm - 300g/m2) paper
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10 comments:

mmgstudios said...

Charming

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Thank you! Loved your drawings, too :)

nancy elstad said...

Very nice, I want to go there!
You said a drugstore sells farming supplies? Interesting.

Paulo J. Mendes said...

This town is imaginary, but took inspiration from a few similar in that part of the country, the wonderful Douro valley, so it's very likely you can go there :)

Mmmmm... I don't know if I used the correct name for this shop... Actually no drugs can be bought here. Most correct would be hardware store: I think I will correct the title :))

glorv1 said...

Oh how perfect. I could see myself taking a walk, stopping to have a cafecito, maybe something to eat. I'd stop to talk to the people and wave to the patrol officer and even pop a nickel in the gum machine. I love it, I feel a part of it and thank you for sharing.

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Gloria, you could definitely be part of this small community. We could be neighbors and meet sometimes for a cafecito :))

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald said...

Such wonderful detail! You could get lost in this little painting just imagining little stories. Thanks for sharing!

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Glad you enjoyed a little stroll over this place. Tiny villages have so much to offer to the observer...

ArtByG said...

This is wonderful! So much life going on! I want to be there, too.

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Thank you, Georgie. I'm so glad that it seems everybody has the wish to be here, so maybe we could meet all at the local cafe :))