One of the joys of living on the coast of Portugal is to wake up and go for a walk on the pristine beach sand, letting the waves bathe our feet. We always thought of these moments as pure indulgence until we read Pablo Casal’s memoir “Joys and Sorrows.”
The great cellist continued to play in his 90s, maintaining a youthful spirit and an amazing creative energy. As we searched his memoir for clues to the source of his longevity, here’s what we found:
“I have always especially loved the sea. Whenever possible, I have lived by the sea… It has long been a custom of mine to walk along the beach each morning before I start to work. True, my walks are shorter than they used to be, but that does not lessen the wonder of the sea. How mysterious and beautiful is the sea! How infinitely variable! It is never the same, never, not from one moment to the next, always in the process of change, always becoming something different and new.”
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So true! Portugal is blessed with beaches.
Reblogged this on The Portugal Years and commented:
Some of the great beaches in the world are in Portugal. You should check them out.
I absolutely love this photo, and if it’s good enough for Casals, it’ll certainly do for me 🙂
Ugh I need to travel to Portugal!
We hope you come visit, there are so many extraordinary things to enjoy in Portugal!
We appreciate your work very much! Our country is very nice! You give all the reasons to motivate people come here in Portugal. Thank you for that.
Thank you so much of your encouraging comments and for visiting our blog.
Welcome. I do like your blog!