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The musings of a torontonian azorean on identity and belonging. You can find me at

Tommy Thompson Park

Tommy Thompson Park is a great place for walks and cycling along 10 kilometers of nature paths with wonderful views of Toronto’s cityscape. It’s also the home of remnants of demolition materials turned haphazardly into art along the shore of … Continue reading

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The Promise of a Sunrise

Sunrise over Lake Ontario from another August in Toronto Every sunrise assures us of a new day coming and that the world is alright despite our human folly.

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Rosetta McClain Gardens: Summer Flowers

August in Rosetta McClain is a time to appreciate the array of colours found in its many flowers and plant life. People visit the garden for various reasons but mostly to photograph it, to read in a quiet spot, to … Continue reading

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Sunflowers at Rosetta McClain Gardens

The Portuguese word for sunflower is girasol. I don’t remember seeing them when I was growing up in Ponta Delgada but I do know that they grow on the island of São Miguel. My mother tells me stories of how … Continue reading

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My Summer Garden, Again

After all my recent posts reminiscing about long ago visits to Portugal, it’s time for me to get back to my Toronto garden and stay there as much as I can during these short summer months. Here’s some photographs from … Continue reading

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Lisboa, 2006

Padrão dos Descobrimentos (detail) Avenida da Liberdade Café Nicola Praça do Rossio seen from the Santa Justa elevator lookout Steps leading to York House Hotel, Rua das Janelas Verdes Window view from our bedroom at York House Hotel York House … Continue reading

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Lisboa, 1992

Views of São Vincente de Fora and the dome of Santa Engrácia, Panteão Nacional The elevador de Santa Justa for beautiful views of the city Dome of the Panteão Nacional Basílica de Santa Maria Maior, Sé Patriarcal de Lisboa Basílica … Continue reading

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Lisboa, 1989

I have visited Lisboa five times. That may not seem like a lot for those who love to travel to Portugal more often, but I am content with my few visits. Each time, I do get something new out of … Continue reading

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Sintra is the Romantic Heart of Portugal

I visited Sintra in October of 1984 and then in late-September of 1992. I mention the months because the fall light cast a spell over me and allowed me to experience Sintra as a magical place; full of early-morning mist … Continue reading

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Visiting Mercados in Portugal as a Tourist

Mercado Municipal de Viseu in 1992 What fascinates so many travellers about markets? I know that here, in Toronto, the St. Lawrence Market is also a favourite tourist destination. Markets allow us to enter the world of the “locals” and … Continue reading

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