can be fatiguing.
There is so much to see and do,
that sometimes it’s hard to keep up,
which is why some sit it out on the sidelines,
and others prefer traveling by boat.
The fit choose to walk,
but whatever your mode of transport,
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236 thoughts on “Paddling Around Aveiro…..”
You had me at ‘Hello.” the ducks and ducklings….Joy!
I cannot resist ducklings, especially when their web feet are bigger than their bodies! 🙂
They are so precious, Cindy! Love your pictures! ❤️
Such pretty colors to the houses. As for the chihuahua, if I had to wear that shimmery skirt, I’d look that discouraged too. 😉
It is so sexist. I agree. There was a boy dog too, but he wasn’t behaving….. 🙂
Those ducklings!!! Soooo cute!! What beautiful colors on the boats and town. Eye candy, for sure! Lovely, Cindy!
It is so laid back and the seafood is fresh!!
Visual candy indeed! Adorable photos of the ducklings …. so close up too… Dutch cuddly little creatures… Wolfie loves them!!😉
Oh no, I can’t imagine the wolf-child with the ducky-ones. I suppose he would be amused!
Beautiful pics once again. I so enjoy them all. You need to write an adult picture book of all your travels. 🙂
I like that idea, a child picture book, for adults. That would be so my speed! 🙂
With your photos and captions it would be a bestseller. 🙂
I love seeing all the colors. I want to hold those babies, I’d even plunge in to do so. Grin. Too cute!!
I know. These guys were so young they followed me. Of course, I followed them all over like an idiot! 🙂
What a beautiful series of photos, Cindy! Have a wonderful day! Yes, you need to write a book on your travels.
Ahhhh, honored. Thank you~
How precious. Love those ducklings – and the pictures of the houses. 🙂
The canals are natural but walled and the old buildings were built to perfectly reflect in the waters. It is so lovely~
And now I have Portugal envy. Those barcos molineiros always reminded me of the gondolas of Venice, only more delicate, prettier. They were practical, too, for collecting seaweed to feed cattle. Besides being beautiful, they are light and can be used in shallow water. I’d love to have a smallish one for a canoe on my river here in Maine!
You have a river there in Maine? Can I come visit you for an afternoon? I am serious. I am reading all of Elizabeth Stout’s books on this trip and have developed Maine envy, besides I’d like to visit you. Aveiro is like Venice with no crowds, no hype and no inflated prices. You can actually afford many Moliceiro rides which is very unlike Venice, plus the seafood rocks. I am going to visit a wild bird preserve. Did you know there are parrots in Portugal? They are not native, but wild, and I got their pics to prove it. I wish you were here so we could watch the zumba dancers. It is cardiovascular fittness day here in Aveiro and everyone is zumbaing…..I don’t make this stuff up!!! 🙂
If you go to Maine, I hope you stop by here in western Massachusetts, we’re only a few hours from Maine. Inland Maine is more like Strout’s towns, not too prosperous, while coastal Maine is very different/touristy. It is a huge state with most of the northern part being wild.
Such beautiful pictures ! You capture it all so well !
My dear very much loved granny was from Aveiro , and I’ve never been …but it surely is on my list.
Glad you’re enjoying your travels around my country .
Your country rocks and I don’t want to leave!
When you do have to … think that you will come back one day 😀
Meanwhile please let us enjoy it through your beautiful pictures will you 🙂
I will do just that, thank you, and glad that I am still here!
Beautiful! I was in Porto several times when I taught a graduate seminar their for the European University, and we stood in the ruins of Santa Tecla Hill Settlement at the tip of Poteverdra, Spain and looked over into Portugal — that’s it for my adventures in Portugal.
Wow. Sounds epic. We were just in Porto, and have been moving back and forth between Portugal and Spain which is messing up my Spanish. The Moorish castles and forts in Spain were unbelieveably impressive. Sounds like wonderful memories Timothy.
Beautiful, yet so peaceful town. Love these little ducklings. 🙂 You captured the beautiful colors of the buildings and boats! Thank you for sharing, Cindy. 🙂
Happy you are traveling with me my friend~
These are really wonderful pictures, Cindy, these bright colors! And the ships like Venedig’s gondolas :).
I love Portugal’s painted boats. They paint their fishing boats too and they are beautiful.
Such color and charm. I find it interesting that the Anna and Elsa chair has a picture with such tangled emotion. In the US, all the products have smiling, happy A&E. There is such pressure here to be always happy and remote. I remember the French screaming in traffic, and the Spanish dancing in the streets. I miss that European magnificence. And of course the dog looks very Rodeo Drive. 🙂
Who the heck are Anna & Elsa? They must be Disney characters on the chair? I am so out of touch with Disney these days. I lost track after my daughter outgrew her Ariel obsession. Do they look like they are having complex emotions? What you say is so true though. Today a woman from China/Portugal was yelling at me in a mixture of Chinese and Portuguese, and I was responding in Spanish which just made everything worse. She wasn’t angry, she just felt increased volume would help me understand better. I can relate. I feel this way with my husband sometimes.
Love your comments Brenda and now I will google Anna & Elsa to get up to speed. 🙂
LOL Anna and Elsa were so the rage two years ago. Or was it three? Love the duckies, too, of course. Who doesn’t love duckies?
All the evil Disney Queens do not like duckies. At least this I remember!
Wonderful photos. Such vibrant colors!
It is a vibrant country!
Your photos are so bright and beautiful, I love them. 🙂
Ahhh, I love you Ranu~
Who could not fall in love with those ducklings…soooooo cute and the colors on the boats and buildings are beautiful
Portugal is pretty easy to fall in love with~
The down on the baby ducks looks so soft. I guess they shed that when they get their feathers?
These guys were really young. Everytime they got hit by boat wake they became submerged. They do lose the down, go through an ugly-duckling stage, and then get their beautiful feathers.
There are so sweet.
Dogs wearing skirts ! That’s my kind of town. At least that’s what my psychiatrist says. I could be unbearably cheerful in a place like that. On the other hand why wait. 🙂
I think I want to visit your psychiatrist. Do you think he can fit me in between flights at Heathrow?
Only if you bring your own aircraft. 🙂
I always love your photos Cindy. Thanks for sharing. Looks like the pooch has her nails painted. How fancy!
She was a fancy-Nancy, no doubt about it. I wouldn’t think of taking her chair……
Sweet little ducklings – I guess Mallards are universal! Aveiro is such a lovely town. You can see the influence of Macau, their former colony, in the architecture.
Yes, not just in the architecture, but in the food, which is why I ate in the most amazing Chinese food restaurant yesterday and today, and (see comment above) got in language confusion with the extremely talented Chinese/Portuguese woman chef. The only thing we understood is how much I adore her food and how much of it I am able to eat! 🙂
Visual eye candy for sure – wonderful series of photographs.
Awww, thank you Mary!
Sehr schöne Aufnahmen, Cindy, danke fürs zeigen…
Ahhh, vielen dank mein lieber Freund~
I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for ducklings – they’re so cute!
What is with their adorableness! I followed them around like a fool, taking their pics and the Portuguese watched me, and correctly assumed I was nuts.
I don’t know, but I’m hooked too!
I love Portugal !! and your pics 🙂
I love Portugal and your kind comment! <3
Looks like an enchanted village with adorably cute doll houses. So clean and colorful!
It is a delightful and beautiful country, seemingly separate from the conflict of much of the world.
Now there is a vacation spot!
What an extraordinary place – so colourful and vibrant. Thank you for sharing your photos! A reminder to me to celebrate the creative spirit.
There are very serious sea-farers in Portugal going back through history. So much time spent with the sea. They still have these beautifully painted, work-of-art fishing boats, that are so tiny and so lovely. You can watch them sail out at sunrise and back at sunset followed by the gulls. The boats are so small and pretty, you can forget the incredible skill needed to safely navigate them in the open sea.
After reading your post, I checked on the history of Portuguese discoveries made by sailing out into the open waters. Truly remarkable. Have a wonderful time – safe traveled.
It is incredibly impressive isn’t it. These people are of the sea. So many very old chapels to protect the sailors at sea.
Love the synchronicity. Moments before looking at your post, I was reading a book where the characters are presently in Portugal. I was tying to visual the warmth of the buildings they described and then here are your beautiful photos to surpass my imagination.
Ah, love synchronicity and Carl Jung, and happy the visuals fit so well. Happy reading~
Absolutely delightful photos, Cindy — thanks for sharing Aveiro with us. Visual candy indeed.
Portugal is even pretty at night due to the way everything is lit~
How do you keep on finding these beautiful places? It is eye candy for sure. Thanks for yet another trip.
I just follow the birds! Thank you more for traveling with me Wally. <3
Aveiro is indeed beautiful! And I love those ducklings!!
Your camera wants you to go to Portugal Laura~
I would love to go!
Definitely candy, what beautiful colours, looks like a happy village! Fantastic!
That is a good descriptor, Happy Village, and this is what it feels like~
Gorgeous pictures! That little duck is adorable.
Their feet were so much bigger than their bodies and everytime a wave hits, they go under, but pop back up~
Lovely photos Cindy, thanks for sharing. 🙂
Very pleased you enjoyed~
So festive! How does anyone there work? I’d want to be sight-seeing and exploring every day!
It does seem too magical for work, but there is lots of work going on in the old town where we are staying, in the sea and in boats. They harvest a lot of salt here, and made divine seafood.
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Cindy Knoke has made it to Portugal to the beautifully colourful Aveiro.. ducklings and cute Chihuahuas…
Thank you dear Sally. I think the world needs more ducklings and Chihuahuas! Or maybe I just do~ 🙂
I think most of us do Cindy.. lovely photos as always.. hugs
Great and creative post.
Ahhh, thank you~
Cute ducklings! I’ve been on the lookout for ducklings in my area and haven’t seen any yet.
They are so fun to watch grow. There is always one who is the bravest, who ventures forth. I can’t imagine whether this is a positive, or negative, survival strategy for a duck.
Love all the brilliant color. Everywhere! On everything: buildings, boats, houses. What a happy place. How can anyone not jump for joy there, everyday. The little feathered babies look so soft. Thank you for sharing, Cindy. I so enjoy your photography. <3 <3 <3
You are very kind and most appreciated too. People like you make me glad I blog! <3
Love the colours of the houses and the boats – stunning. Love the ducklings, too, but feel so sorry for the poor dog!
Yes, dogs prefer to be dogs. But it was a street celebration day and thus hopefully not a regular thing.
Too bad more places don’t have colors as bright and cheery as those – maybe we’d have more bright and cheery people if they did.
Excellent observation. Putting people in modern glass boxes is not a good idea.
Lovely shots, it looks wonderful!
Thank you and it is wonderful!
WoW! So beautiful.
Oh, the duckies, the duckies <3
As always, thanks for allowing us to follow some of your amazing adventures 🙂
They are so tiny, they seemed too vulnerable to be swimming in this boating canal, but they were hardy little puff balls, when they sunk, they popped back up and kept on swimming.
Looks like beautiful colors in that city! The baby ducks are so cute! Hugz Cindy! Lisa and Bear
Hug back to you and Bear and be well my friend~
How colourful – visual candy indeed, and I love the painted toes of the little dog sitting it out on the sidelines!
The color co-ordination was tres chic! 🙂
Very colorful place.. eye candy 🙂
I love it when towns are not afraid to use bright colors. It makes a cheerful environment.
So colorful that my eyes have a difficult time focusing on any one item. Keep up the good work.
Yes, mine did too. So much individual artistry on these hand painted boats, it was hard to pick and choose what to photograph.
Those colors!!! looks like a magical place Cindy!!
It feels like one too Rhonda. Cheers to you~
Following your travels with glee Cindy!
Love the ducks Cindy!! Thanks for sharing them. ~Rita
They are impossible for me to resist and you are welcome~
Thanks for the smile: that precious duckling.
Your comment made me smile! 🙂
The ducklings are precious! I love the colors of the town, right down to the boats.
All together it makes for a charming place indeed!
They use bright colours in Portugal, don’t they? I noticed the Chiwawa has nail polish on, and she is sitting on ‘frozen’ chair! And t looks like there was some seaweed by the water? I hope you are having a lovely time, Cindy!
You are observant Maiko. The canals are saltwater and full of fish and the Aveiro people harvest and sell the salt. They cook with the seaweed and it is quite good. Cheers to you Maiko and thanks for stopping by~
Totally fanciful, yet real. Enjoyable!
Glad you enjoyed Gary, and you are right, some places in Europe, especially the very old towns, do look like fanciful fairy tales!
Visual candy is right Cindy! What a vibrant, colorful city. And thanks for including those cute ducklings and doggie! Enjoy your time there! <3
I photographed Indian Ring Necked Parrots and Monk Parrots in Spain and will be posting them soon. I was shocked to see them. They are not native in any of the places I saw them, but are thriving and breeding now in the wild. You would have loved seeing them Lynn and I will post soon. Be well my friend!
Visual candy indeed. Putting it on my list!
I sense you keep going and going, far and wide, and your list keeps getting longer! 🙂 Good for you! Mine is shrinking now.
Oh darn! 🙂 This place was on my list when I was up in Porto. Ah well- next time! 🙂
Porto is lovely too, but more touristy, plus there is the port to consider!! 🙂
I thought you meant port as in ships, and then the penny dropped, Cindy. How could I forget THAT port 🙂
Very proDUCKtive, my friend! (☆▽☆)
Thank you duckly much! <3 (☆▽☆) <3
A beautiful postcard
You find the most interesting places to show us Cindy.
Thank you for having an interested mind Pauline!
The ducklings are darling. You go to the most beautiful places and take the lovliest pictures, Cindy. It’s the next best thing to going there ourselves. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 — Suzanne
Thank you so much for traveling along with me. You make the experience richer~ <3
Like gorgeous licorice allsorts. 🙂
What lovely imagery and it fits too!
Love the color! And who doesn’t love ducklings… 🙂 –Curt
Only the Disney wicked witches!
Wonderfully vibrant shots and I love the cute ducklings. Obrigada!
Obrigada and so glad you enjoyed~
Ute and colorful post! Not been to Aveiro, but really liked Portugal!
Portugal is a fascinating country~
What outstanding shots, Cindy! Those fuzzy ducks are darling, but part of me feels a bit sorry for the “dolled-up” pooch in her ‘Frozen’ chair! Love the reflection of these colorful buildings in the water, too!
Yes, I felt that way too. I am much happier seeing dogs be dogs. It was a street celebration day so let’s hope it was like Halloween when people dress up their pooches for parades.
Well done Cindy, beautiful city.
It is a lovely, relaxing place~
Beautiful place Cindy 😀
I knew you would love the creative design Irene~
You are right Cindy 🙂
Love those little duckies! Great closeups 🙂
Ducklings this tiny are completely irresistable, especially navigating a serious boating canal~
Thank you for the photos, the place is beautiful.
Thank you more for visiting and appreciating~
Bonsoir CINDY c’est très beau ce partage de la vie animalière
Je viens chez toi comme par magie
J’adore venir voir les nouveautés sur ton blog
A mon tour
Je vais essayer de faire rêver
Dans ce rêve
Tu y trouveras ma douceur
Tu y trouveras du bonheur
Tu te trouveras dans mon petit monde
De la joie et du partage
Même si ce n’est qu’un petit rêve
Il y aura quelques instants sur ton visage un sourire
Qui te permettra de réchauffer une partie de ton cœur
Gros bisous , Bernard
Belle et charmante Bernard! Merci beaucoup pour votre gentillesse mon ami.
Merci beaucoup mon ami Bernard!
Looks like a paradise for photographers!!!! So beautiful, thank you for sharing it with us Cindy!
Yes, it is charming and picturesque~
Cutest duck and dog photos Ever 😀 xoxo
Ahhh, so pleased you enjoyed and cheers to you~
Gorgeous photos Cindy, the vivid colors blow me away 🙂
Aren’t they wonderful! No boring beige houses~
As usual, you take amazing photos. The ducks are really cute!
Thank you and I agree with you, those ducks are heartbreakers!
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Beautiful scenery from Aveiro, Portugal, courtesy of Cindy – don’t forget to “make way for ducklings!”
Well now, isn’t this just ducky ??? 🙂 From your pics, it would seem that a mallard is a mallard, is a mallard, no matter where you find them. The boats and the buildings were beautiful too, Cindy. 🙂
Exactly right. I have seen them everywhere except Antarctica! Today we are going to the Tagus Estuary which is one of Europe’s most important bird reserves. I will certainly see mallards but hopefully flamingos and a whole lot more!
You are so creative with your story lines – great pics and I too would be on the sidelines taking in all the colorful beauty.
I wish we could have met and gone out for dinner~ <3
Cindy – the colors – are the best – but my fav is that you can almost feel the soft feathers with your clear photos – really nice…
Awwww, what a lovely comment. Thank you!
Oh good, because I fell in love with those plucky duckys!
Beautiful place, and is not very far from me so I might one day go visit
I highly recommend. It has a very mellow vibe~
What a gorgeous spot, Cindy! The colors are marvelous. It looks like you’re really having a wonderful time. The shot of the dog is priceless!
I bet she love to tear those sequins to shreds! 🙂
This is one of my dreams to visit a city on a canal.
The ones I have visited and can recommend are Brugge, Aviero, Venice, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Of these, Aviero is the least touristed and quietest.
I just love those colorful boat pictures. What a delightful post, Cindy!
Thank you! Aviero is a wonderful place so the post was easy.
So appreciated! 🙂
Gorgeous vivid photographs!
Awww, I’m honored!
Made me smile!
Your comment made me smile~ 🙂
Liebe Cindy das sind ja wirkliche traumhaft Fotos von der Entenfamilie wunderschön toll hab eine gute Nacht das wünsche ich dir Klaus in Freundschaft
Vielen Dank. Die kleinen Entenküken waren bezaubernd! Ich bin froh Sie ihnen gefallen!
I’m waving at you in Aveiro Portugal and enjoying the visual candy <3 🙂
Waving back to you across the sea!
Love these gorgeous photos and narrative. I have put Averio on my travel plans! Charming!!!
Oh, I am so glad you have and look forward to hearing your impressions when you visit! Cheeers to you~
These are such gorgeous photos.
Your kindess is much appreciated~
Very picturesque – I do not even know where it is…thank you for taking us!
If you go back to Portugal, I suggest you stop by here. It is quiet and charming and photogenic!
I most certainly will!
Beautiful photos, Cindy. Just like water running off a duck’s back! 😀 Happy weekend!
Laughing! Exactly~ <3
I see you’ve made some great new friends there ~ great photo of the ducklings, great paddling partners for sure. A wonderful set of photos, love the canal and storefront shot of Aveiro, truly is visual candy! Nothing quite like following along on your adventures (even if a bit late!). Cheers to you Cindy ~
Wonderful to hear from you Randall and very glad you enjoyed Aveiro. Heading over to see if you have a new post~
Very pretty Ms. Cindy, great pictures, beautiful vibrant colors.
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I was just over reading your poems which are wonderful! Thank you for your thougthfulness my friend~ <3
Gasp! Can you imagine living here, everyday walking around the water, beautiful boats and colourful buildings. It’s like a Art Journal come to life. Spectacular! Is it very quite there or are you perhaps up early to get these shots? There’s hardly anyone around except the sweet little ducks. They’re so cute when they paddle around. Wonderful to start my day with you in Europe x B
For me the crack of dawn is 9:30am! Aveiro is like an uncrowded little Venice. In Venice a vaparetto ride costs a boatload (sorry! 😉 and the crowds are legion. Aveiro was sleepy, peaceful and uncrowded when we visited. I don’t like crowds, so Aveiro is just perfect. Cheers to you and have a wonderful week!
Looks like a cross between amsterdam and venice.
Exactly! Brugge too~
Love, love the ducks…. and the mural!
Portugal has some of the most incredible murals I have seen anywhere. You would love it Resa~
Love love this entry. The ducklings made me smile. I love ducks. And the photo journey you took me on. Again, I cannot thank you enough for your amazing photos
I am just very happy that you enjoy them and am glad you travel along with me~ <3
such gorgeous shots…amazing…and do animals ever take a bad picture???!! I don’t think so😉😍
No animals are never un-photogenic. Wish I could say the same for myself….. 😉
Boy, I thought the ducklings were cute, and then I saw the dog in the swimsuit! Wonderful! 🙂
Animals have it going on in the looks department! <3
They so do 🙂
I loved Portugal but I never knew of this beautiful village, thank you for sharing
It is a quiet little gem of a place where many Portuguese go for vacation.
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