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My Trip to Portugal (1979)

I went to Portugal after visiting the island of Madeira, I was only nineteen years old...this was my first trip as a man. Portugal was great as I got to meet my sister Lidia and my nephew Jimmy. I just got a new Canon AE-1 camera so I was keen in experimenting and I was trying to take artistic shots.
Obviously the highlight of my trip was to meet my mom and dad, but also some of my friends that I had left behind two years before. Guys like my cousin Reinaldo da Sila, Carlos Lote, Rui, Elias and Gil Cruz, Licinio, Raul Sezero (?) and many others.
I cannot forget my Grand-pa Serrador always one of my favorites. He never missed a chance to bring me to a fishing trip around o Barracao and the Praia de Mira.

This was one of the last times I got together with my friends. Not long after that they moved to different parts of Portugal or the world.

I also got the privilege to visit some of the most interesting sites of Portugal for the first time: Monasteiro de Batalha, Caselo de Leiria, Castelo de Pombal, Coimbra, Conimbriga, Bussaco, Coimbra. When I lived there in 1976 to 1977, the only place we visited was basically a Praia de Mira.



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Um jogo de bola na Serredde- playing soccer in Serredade (1979?)
Um jogo de bola na Serredde- playing soccer in Serredade (1979?)

Procissao nas Febres
Procissao nas Febres

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My neighbours in Serredade
My neighbours in Serredade

Praia de mira near the Barrinha, 1979
Praia de mira near the Barrinha, 1979

My neighbour Alice Pedro swimming in the Barrinha
My neighbour Alice Pedro swimming in the Barrinha

Alice jumping in the water with Lino watching
Alice jumping in the water with Lino watching

Women washing their clothes at the Praia de Mira Barrinha
Women washing their clothes at the Praia de Mira Barrinha

Appartments on the beach
Appartments on the beach

From the boat, the Barrinha de Mira
From the boat, the Barrinha de Mira

Birds dancing in the sunset
Birds dancing in the sunset

Fishing boats being pushed in the water
Fishing boats being pushed in the water

Logs being used to roll the boat more easily into the water
Logs being used to roll the boat more easily into the water

Fishing boats in the fog
Fishing boats in the fog

Bulls were an integral part of Praia de Mira
Bulls were an integral part of Praia de Mira

Self-portrait Praia de Mira
Self-portrait Praia de Mira

Family gathering at the beach (Lidia and Ginette and the Costa family)
Family gathering at the beach (Lidia and Ginette and the Costa family)

Ginette in a fishing boat in the beach in Mira, in terra firma
Ginette in a fishing boat in the beach in Mira, in terra firma

Lidia with cousins and friends in Mira
Lidia with cousins and friends in Mira

Myself resting by the beach in Mira
Myself resting by the beach in Mira

The Palace of Bussaco
The Palace of Bussaco

The ruins of Conimbriga
The ruins of Conimbriga

Mondego river seen from the University of Coimbra
Mondego river seen from the University of Coimbra

Myself in the Castle of Leiria
Myself in the Castle of Leiria

Castle of Leiria looking out through a window
Castle of Leiria looking out through a window

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Ginette and Jimmy playing in the corn in Serredade
Ginette and Jimmy playing in the corn in Serredade

Dad walking during a religious ceremony in Febres
Dad walking during a religious ceremony in Febres

Jimmy three years old, with my always loved sister Lidia
Jimmy three years old, with my always loved sister Lidia

Myself, jumping over the bridge to the ledge
Myself, jumping over the bridge to the ledge

Washing clothes in the Barrinha in Mira
Washing clothes in the Barrinha in Mira


Close-up lavadeiras

Lino Costa my brother-in-law's cousin
Lino Costa my brother-in-law's cousin

Beach at Mira...in the old days
Beach at Mira...in the old days

Fishing boat in Mira
Fishing boat in Mira

The palheiros gone destryed by the bureaucrats...saudades
The palheiros gone destryed by the bureaucrats...saudades

The river near the Barrinha in Mira
The river near the Barrinha in Mira

Sailing boat in Mira
Sailing boat in Mira




Mira's waves are always spectacular
Mira's waves are always spectacular

Mira girl, she jumped in the creek and left...wow
Mira girl, she jumped in the creek and left...wow

Bussaco steps with a creek in the middle
Bussaco steps with a creek in the middle

View from the Leiria Castle
View from the Leiria Castle

Aquaduct in Lisbon
Aquaduct in Lisbon

One of my favorite monuments in the world...Batalha
One of my favorite monuments in the world...Batalha

The Ria of Aveiro
The Ria of Aveiro

Castle in Braga
Castle in Braga

Pombal Castle
Pombal Castle

My cousin Reinaldo, Portugal dos Pequenitos, Coimbra
My cousin Reinaldo, Portugal dos Pequenitos, Coimbra