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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Celebrating the Portuguese win at the Euro with Eliza

Last year  I wrote about "Eliza" the statue in the Swan River here in Perth.

Yesterday I read in the "Portuguese in Western Australia" Facebook page that a couple of young men were going to dress Eliza with a T-shirt to commemorate Portugal's first ever win at the UEFA Euro 2016 in Paris.

They posted some photos of themselves on Facebook (photo below), and today en-route to Ikea for a quick visit to swap something, I decided to make a detour and photograph the statue.

"Eliza" and the suburb of South Perth in the background

And  here is the Crawley Boatshed or Blue Boat House, which was recently renovated and has a new jetty too.

Can you see the two ducks at Eliza's feet?
Eliza is used to getting dressed in all sorts of attire according to the seasons and occasions, but this was certainly a first for her!

Well done to the intrepid men who "navigated" their canoe to reach her and well done to the Portuguese football team who brought home the cup.

I must say I didn't follow any of the competition, as the matches were broadcast live at 3A.M. in Perth, and I thought my sleep was more important!
But for the final my husband was brave enough or crazy enough to wake up and watch the whole match, but then I found him asleep on the sofa when I woke up to go to work!
Hope not many fans had to forego sleep to keep up with the competition.

The young men who dressed Eliza



Finally: Cristiano Ronaldo lifts the European Championship trophy for the first time in Portugal's history.
The Portuguese team holding the winning cup


16 comments:

  1. Congratulations to Portugal and brava those young men for braving the cold water :)

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    1. Thanks Grace, I agree very brave of them. I would have been petrified to fall in the cold river.

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  2. Oh, and the little Portugese boy who immigrated to France and comforted a crying Frenchman, so sweet. I read they´re both invited to Portugal and get a Portugese welcome. Much better than how British and Russian fans behave!
    Love the Blue Boat House.

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    1. I had heard about that, very sweet. Didn't know they had been invited to Portugal. I love that boat house, it's such a popular tourist spot, specially beautiful at sunset.

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  3. It's so nice to see the celebrations all over the world. This is one of the best I have seen, it must have taken quite some work since the statue is in the water.
    Viva Portugal :)

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    1. Thanks Sara, it was great of them to have such an idea!

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  4. Dressing the statue is very funny.

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    1. Thanks Andrew, I agree and it's funny the authorities don't seem to mind it either.

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  5. I really enjoyed seeing this wonderful statue come to life with the Portuguese T-shirt. It goes to show what good sportsmanship can bring out. Brave young men and congrats to the winners, too.

    BTW, you asked if you can drink hibiscus tea. Yes, I love it because it is naturally a bit sweet and the color is fantastic. I like to drink it plain, but have even added milk on occasion. Thanks for asking.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth. Never tried hibiscus tea, must see if I can find it here, as I like tea, specially herbal teas.

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  6. This is fun for Eliza, well done by the two man, must have been a challange to balance there and get the t-shirt around her shoulders.

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    1. I'm sure it was fun for the young men.

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  7. Que giro!! :-))
    Obrigada por ter postado, Sami.

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  8. Dearest Sami,
    Well, that was quite an act for dressing her like this!
    Looks great and it is a great symbol.
    Sending you hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Thank you Mariette, yes Eliza seems to be a model for all.

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