Saturday, September 5, 2009

Uptown to downtown / Da alta para a baixa


Here, in the highest neighborhood of a small town, the most humble of homes have privileges of a guardian castle, and those who inhabit it are presented with luxury views. And if the familiar environment and a good conviviality of many years weren't enough, I suppose that no one can also complain of ill health - although this may certainly be the preferred “sport” in conversations between neighbors - after climbing all the stairs needed to reach there.
Aqui, no bairro mais elevado de uma pequena cidade, a mais humilde e diminuta das casas assume privilégios de castelo vigilante, e os que nela habitam são presenteados com vistas de luxo. E como se não bastasse o ambiente familiar e a boa convivência de muitos anos, calculo eu que também ninguém se poderá queixar de falta de saúde – embora esse seja decerto o "desporto” preferido nas conversas entre vizinhos – depois de subir todos os degraus necessários para lá se chegar.
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14 comments:

Chris Bellinger said...

Very Good as usual.Like your style

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Thanks, Chris :)))

Melody Lea Lamb said...

So charming and wonderful! I can just imagine sitting on that step looking out over the beautiful city vista!

Paulo J. Mendes said...

What a delightful end for a warm sunny day :))

Fernando Pena said...

Paulo, se siente el fin de un día soleado y calmo, muy buena

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Eso es, Fernando - Una de las mejores partes del dia :))

Terry Banderas said...

Beautiful piece. Love your people and pets.

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Thanks, Terry: I couldn't imagine these places without the friendly and gentle people that inhabits them, as well as their four-legged friends :)

Villager said...

Idilica cena. Admiro muito como retrata as figuras humanas em todos estes trabalhos (assim como a pequena conferencia dos gatos aqui).

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Que seria destes recantos sem estas simpáticas figuras? São elas que lhes dão vida e alma :))

glorv1 said...

I don't like heights too much, but I sure wouldn't be afraid of sitting there overlooking the beautiful "city." I notice that when I look at "your" people, they almost seem to be looking at YOU taking a picture of them, as if caught off guard, as if they had just looked up or to the side and there you were to capture the moment. Beautiful work as always. Happy Labor Day.

Paulo J. Mendes said...

You're right, Gloria, I'm always catching these people in their affairs, fortunately they are kind and friendly and never say no to show up in a picture :))

Christy DeKoning said...

The steps have a beautiful shape to them. Beautiful as always Paulo. I wouldn't mind the walk - there's something about the way they made steps centuries ago that don't seem to tax the legs like modern stairs. Maybe it's in my head, but I had no issues with all the steps in Montmartre, France!

Paulo J. Mendes said...

As someone living near to a city with plenty of steps and gradients - The city of Porto, which in some way inspired this image - I couldn't agree more, Christy :)