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Ericeira - beach road


This picture was taken 20:15 on 17th May 2017 in Ericeira. This is the road running along the beach, although the beach is almost 10 metres lower down, just out of picture to the right.



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that is quite some light at that hour, Louis. and the colours give this a strong summer feel.
Louis: The advantage is that one has a longer day and more time to see new places. Thanks Ayush.
I love all the colors! Lots of light still left to your day!
Louis: It is as if the late sun enhanced the colours, Elizabeth
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 15 Nov 2017, 06:29
No roofers or tilers in Ericeira?
Louis: This is something I have seen all over Portugal. Perfectly good houses or half decayed buildings on prime spots - all of them not occupied. I wondered what the reason would be. In the rural areas, I made up my own theory based on the changing face of the Portuguese economy, following the end of the Salazar period in the 1960's. The economy is freer and on the up. Children who grew up in a good house in the rural areas, leave the house to go live elsewhere and later mom and dad pass on. All the offspring have their own lives and no-one wants to return to the parental house, leaving a perfectly good house to decay. But that is just a theory.
This building with the hole in the roof is in a prime spot, in a town very much favoured over weekends and in season. Someone is letting an opportunity slip.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 15 Nov 2017, 06:36
A civilised way to start the day Louis. I love the blue of that sky
Louis: That would be, but this is at 20:15 ...
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Nov 2017, 06:36
There might be a lovely view from this café! Yes, the colours give a fine summer feel.
Louis: A good view, late afternoon sun, fresh sea wind blowing in from the ocean.
You'd swear it was mid to late afternoon, Louis. And in mid-May?!
Louis: Yep, I had long days to travel and do. Just had to watch the clock on days that I had to clock in or find new accommodation. Most of the time, there was no problem finding a good place to eat after 21:00.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Nov 2017, 07:00
All good, Louis, but what an extraordinary sky!
Louis: Indeed a very blue sky. Five kms away the seaside was shrouded in fog.
If the weather is good in May it is the best time of year
Louis: Weather wise the best time to visit Portugal - in peak summer it can get very hot.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 15 Nov 2017, 10:44
I note that there are a couple of satellite dishes squabbling on a roof Louis.
Louis: Yes, they don't even point in the same direction, to catch a signal.
On your way to dinner with a view.
Louis: I had dinner in that fish restaurant that is situated on the rocks, a few yards from the ocean.
Nice place to sit out for an evening meal.
Louis: I don't like to sit directly in the sun - makes me way too thirsty. My wife likes it, so we normally end up with a table half in the sun and half in shadow.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Nov 2017, 17:17
This looks like a great place to have dinner... I read most of your replies. Fascinating city. And yes they live more 'at night'... normally I have dinner at around 5PM....but my days starts at 5 AM...
Great picture, so much to see.
Louis: Thank you Astrid. Dinner for me is between 18:00 and 20:00 - depending on how busy I am. Normally, my day starts around 06:30 - but when I was still a worknut, it was 05:30. On a traveling holiday I get up at 06:00 so that I can be on the road before the locals and then I keep long days - when I get back home, I have to take it slow for a week smile
Lovely shot. I had my first taste of grilled sardines on that visit to Ericeira years ago - had half a dozen each and then the waiter brought the other half dozen each! Grilled on the pavement outside the little restaurant - I've never had better!. You are right about the rural situation I think, Louis - there was quite a lot of emigration after Portugal joined the EU - they went all over Europe and when they came back in the 90s and later, they built new houses instead of occupying the old. And, of course, there was movement into the cities from the countryside as the economy grew.
Louis: In SA, the tinned sardines are of the oily type, which I don't like. So in Portugal I had grilled sardines that are totally different - and as you said; difficult to stop, once started. Even tinned sardines in salt water (not heavy brine) can turn out close to the Portuguese style - I got hold of it in Portugal and grilled them.
Great washes of light...
Louis: The sun was just right, thanks Larry.

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