Lens-Artists Challenge – Letter S

Saudade

Let’s start there. One of the words beyond translation it represents a feeling in Portuguese, something we all know too well. A sense of loss, a sense of wanting, the desire of things that have past, things that might not return but we love dearly, with all our hearts. We have a word for it, but I think the feeling is universal.

All pictures are from where my heart lingers but cannot return, for now. They all start with an S too.


Sunset Atlantic Ocean

Typical Portugal… Sand and sea. A sunset facing the Atlantic Ocean, a lot calmer than usual.


The old medieval cobbled streets of Óbidos, houses with strips of colour to fence off evil spirits. The patterns of Street art under our feet in Lisbon. The never ending sky and the light that is so unique. The Summer feeling of the striped beach houses in Gafanha da Nazaré.


Palácio da Pena, Sintra

To finish, a view of Sintra‘s Palácio da Pena. Reading Patti’s prompt to this challenge and her photo of Sintra was the inspiration for my post. As soon as I saw Sintra, one of my favourite places in the world, I knew exactly where I wanted to go.

Posted for Patti’s Lens-Artists Challenge

18 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge – Letter S

  1. Saudade – of course I’d not heard of it but it’s a beautiful word Sofia, even if it’s a feeling we’d rather not experience very often. Your beautiful images illustrate how much you love Portugal, I hope you are able to return before too long.

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  2. Saudade is a beautiful word, Sophia, and you so well convey its meaning. Beautiful images. I often feel saudade, but we have no accurate word for it in my language, we have to write a whole sentence. Love your post. Hope you can return this year.

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  3. Oh! minha querida, saudade, saudade que doi muito, saudade que arde por dentro e que se tem que engolir para que não contamine tudo e torne esta réstia de vida ainda mais insuportável.

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