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| Everyday People | Washing Man


We often put our fate in our feet, and map-lessly throw caution to the wind to let adventure have it's way with us. It was on such a stroll in Porto, (does a 4 hour walk still count as a stroll?), that we stumbled across a curious sight..... 





An old man, peacefully seeing to a hefty pile of laundry flanked by a crumbling assortment of buildings. On one side, languished a dilapidated building who's riverside perch and grand proportions hint at a much more exuberant past. On the other side, a somewhat forlorn and neglected church.

He was very gracious in letting us duck beneath his washing line and scamper across to further explore the ruins beyond. All the while, he was dutiful in watching over his newly hand washed garments and would occasionally turn them as they swayed in the afternoon sun. Unbeknownst to him, he made quite an impression on us and we will forever regard this as one of the most wonderful laundrettes that we've even seen.


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15 comments:

  1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.


    Doesn't he cast a peculiar but interesting spell? Glad that you agree.

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  2. What a beautiful event to stumble on and in such wonderful surroundings. I am constantly inspired by your blog x

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  3. I wonder too! If it was a house it must have belonged to a very rich family. Maybe it was a hotel? I should try harder to find out.

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  4. The way we bumped into him was odd too. A different old man sort of called me and lead me down this winding path then went off in a different direction. I dragged Hiro along and we found ourselves here.

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  5. Ah - your adventure photos always make me want to pack my bags and run away to explore ruins of my own! What a wonderful, unexpected spot... and a kind, humble guardian for it :)
    xox,
    Cee

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  6. Spectacular! I love it. Simplicity. Naturalness.
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  7. that is hands down the best and most scenic laundrette ever :)

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  8. How absolutely stunning!! I adore your ability to see such beauty pretty much anywhere xx

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  9. This such a lovely thing to say. Thank you Sera. It really means a lot to us.

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  10. Hello Fiona. It really is. Bet his washing smells amazing when its all dry!

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  11. What a compliment coming from you Cee. I can imagine you both taking some amazing photos of your own in such places. There are so many ruins in France. Ruins and abandoned chateaus!

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  12. Amazing, I definitely need to go here!! There is always beauty in these kinds of places...just not everyone can see it and I'm glad you're able to do that :))) xx

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  13. Thank you doll! You know what? I really understand you and that is probably why I blog about such places because then people who stumble across us can get a little glimpse too.

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  14. wow! such a beautiful place, I would totally go on a 4 hours stroll too :) this also remind me of a short story I read few days back, about a man who lost his cat, I don't know why. love it x

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  15. Dear Sharon. You have a curious mind. I like that!

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