Friday, August 21, 2009

Roadside landscape / Paisagem de beira de estrada


In the densely populated Minho region, there is always something to see in each section of the many anonymous roads that wind between hills and valleys. From the shape of the surrounding mountains, the green of the always present vineyards, the trees, the domestic farming fields that still resist, to the old traditional and manor houses, churches, stone walls, some horizon that surprises at the end of a rise... There's no shortage of distracting factors for a landscape lover that may happen to be driving, which can also be a drawback: Fortunately the alcohol detectors don't detect anything in those who are just fluster of beauty, otherwise this friend of yours would be long inhibited to drive.
Na região do Minho, densamente povoada, há sempre algo para ver em cada anónimo troço de muitas das estradas que serpenteiam entre montes e vales. Desde o recorte das montanhas em redor, ao verdejar das vinhas sempre presentes, o arvoredo, os campos de agricultura familiar que vão resistindo, as velhas casas tradicionais, solares, igrejas, muros de pedra, um horizonte que surpreende ao final de uma subida... Não faltam factores de distracção para um apreciador de paisagens que esteja ao volante, o que também pode ser um inconveniente: Felizmente que os detectores de álcool nada detectam em quem esteja apenas inebriado de beleza, caso contrário este vosso amigo estaria desde há muito inibido de conduzir.
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4 comments:

Rafael Carvalho said...

Sofro do mesmo vício e à custa dele já tenho apanhado alguns sustos...
Cumprimentos.

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Regiões como o Minho e o Douro, entre outras, requerem de nós o dobro ou o triplo da atenção :))

glorv1 said...

I could swear I dreamt I was in this village. :D Ah yes, the beauty of it all. Just look, feel that fresh air and riding a bike on those winding roads would be so much fun. Why I'd wave and say "Hello, how are you" and the lady would turn and smile and wave back. Her husband in the background would be turning to look just about the time I rounded the bend.The little doggie behind the lady would come out barking, but friendly barks at that. I could see it all now. Ah, you take me places and I feel better for it. Thank yo for sharing.

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Nothing makes me happier than providing you these small trips, Gloria: Enjoy the fresh air and the gentle warmth of the sun: Hope that time runs slow while you're there :))