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weekly photo challenge: carefree

Saturday, August 17:  The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is carefree.

Sheri Bigelow of WordPress writes: Summer memories make everything feel magical to me — carefree and untroubled.

Even on the trips where everything went wrong, I look back and smile at the narrow escapes, or the long walks on a beach while I sorted out and righted the world.

Whether a good memory was made in years past, yesterday, or only moments ago, I love letting the nostalgia wrap me up — like a borrowed sweater on a cold summer night. Even more, I love making new memories: a carefree summer at the lake, a stroll through the park, dancing in the rain… then all I need to do is remember, and the same carefree feeling washes over me.

This young lady in Cascais, Portugal, looks pretty carefree.

Cascais, Portugal
Cascais, Portugal

charming cascais

Wednesday, July 24:  Today, I take the train from Lisbon to the charming town of Cascais (pronounced (kush-kaish), which sits on the Atlantic Ocean.  This is my first time to see the Atlantic from the European side, and I’m tickled to find such a pleasant town from which to see it.

Charming Cascais
Charming Cascais

I have no plan here except to wander aimlessly and go wherever my heart leads me.

cute wall art
cute wall art

Cascais has about 35,000 residents and is one of the richest municipalities in Portugal, according to Wikipedia: Cascais.  The former fishing village gained fame as a resort for Portugal’s royal family in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Nowadays, it is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign tourists.

I love the wavy cobblestones
I love the wavy cobblestones
...and the cheery colorful buildings
…and the cheery colorful buildings
candy-colored buildings
candy-colored buildings
cotton candy pink
cotton candy pink

Cascais has thrived over the centuries from fishing, maritime commerce (it was a stop for ships sailing to Lisbon), and agriculture, producing wine, olive oil, cereals and fruits.  Due to its location close to the Tagus estuary, it was also seen as a strategic post in the defense of Lisbon. Around 1488, King John II built a small fortress in the village, located by the sea. This medieval fortress was not enough to repel the invasion and in 1580, Spanish troops led by the Duque of Alba took the village during the conflict that led the Spanish and Portuguese crowns to unite.

In 1755, the great Lisbon earthquake destroyed a large portion of the village.  Not much of Portugal was left unscathed by this earthquake.

balconies
balconies

I thoroughly enjoy wandering through this adorable town on my last day in Portugal.

Even the public buildings are pretty
Even the public buildings are pretty
town square
town square

I stroll through the town with its wavy cobbled streets and candy-colored buildings to the beach, where people are sunbathing and swimming.

beaching it
beaching it
one of three little bays
one of three little bays
along the bay
along the bay
boats in the bay
boats in the bay
more boats
more boats

I walk along the length of the citadel, and at its far end, I find the Marina de Cascais, with its sleek yachts and sailboats.

citadel
citadel
Marina de Cascais
Marina de Cascais
Marina de Cascais
Marina de Cascais
Marina de Cascais with the citadel behind
Marina de Cascais with the citadel behind

And of course, pretty Portuguese balconies adorn almost every building.

more pink balconies
more pink balconies

I stop at Bangkok Restaurante to eat a lunch of Pad Thai.

lunch at Bangkok Restaurante
lunch at Bangkok Restaurante with my sunglasses and Jo’s Lisbon Guidebook
Pad Thai at Bangkok Restaurante
Pad Thai at Bangkok Restaurante
Inside Bangkok Restaurante
Inside Bangkok Restaurante
Bangkok Restaurante
Bangkok Restaurante

After stopping in to various little boutiques, I wander slowly back to the train station, where I head back to Lisbon for my last afternoon.  I fly out tomorrow morning early.

colorful Cascais walls
colorful Cascais walls
more boats
more boats
pretty vines
pretty vines
some feet that seem a little lost
some feet that seem a little lost
anchors away
anchors away
relaxing at the beach
relaxing at the beach

Oh, how I wish I didn’t have to leave Portugal tomorrow.  I’ve loved every minute of my travels. 🙂

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