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Melgaço: town symbols

June 10, 2015

Here’s a video that updates my 2009 post:
https://youtu.be/DGv_c4U78rs

the local guide

The Tower-Castle

Melgaço Tower Tower castle

The tower construction began in 1170 under the order of D. Afonso Henriques – the first King of Portugal – who also issued a charter with laws, privileges and obligations for Melgaço, creating the municipality.

The tower has a quadrangular shape isolated in the middle of a wall circle. The walls have two doors and are reinforced with three smaller towers with prismatic battlements.

In the XVII century, with the developments in artillery, some adaptations were made with the construction of bastion lines around the medieval area.

Nowadays the interior of the Tower is a museum open for tourists.

Inês Negra (“Black” Agnes)

Inês Negra Inês Negra Statue

Inês Negra is part history, part legend.

During the years between 1383 and 1385 there was a period of anarchy and civil war in Portugal due to the death of the King “D. Fernando I” without a male…

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Visiting Sydney – Australia

June 5, 2015

If you’re visiting Sydney this is the best advice someone can give you:

– Get the public ferry from Circular Quay to Manly!

Sit on the back of the ferry on the way to Manly and on the front on the way back (you can make the way back at night to get a different picture of the city).

For some strange reason this route isn’t usually considered a tourist atraction in Sydney and the typical tourist tours will instead take you to more expensive cruises to show the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. However if you like to keep to your exploration and pace, going to Manly is a superior experience for a completely affordable price. If you prefer you can even pay with the Opal Card the same way as you do in the city buses.

I’ve made a video of part of the trip but if I were you I would only see it after I’ve made the trip myself:

Also worth trying in Sydney: Take a tour in the Opera House ; Go to Koala Park ; Walk around the Opera House botanical gardens ; Cross the Harbour Bridge.

Song on the video: Blitzwood – Into my Dreams

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Visiting Kyoto – Japan

May 26, 2015

Visiting Japan was always an objective of mine and it was absolutely worth it, even if it was just for a short time. Check this youtube video to see why you must highlight Japan in your “to-visit list” (or maybe to-revisit). I wonder what other sites in Kyoto locals would had advised me to visit.

If you are landing in Osaka check the video’s description for some useful traveling tips on how to reach Kyoto.

If you are planning to travel by train in Japan, I highly recommend http://www.hyperdia.com/en/ to check your trip and to make it easier to buy the train tickets. You’ll find a lot of Japanese who can’t speak English very well (even if they always try to be helpful) and it is much easier to print you itinerary and just show it in the ticket office.

Song on the Video: Blitzwood – The First Nanban

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Porto: Foz – 6th Jan. 2014

January 7, 2014

Last year in January I went to the mouth of the Douro River (Foz) to check the agitated winter waves. I was quite happy with the photos and the walk:

Last year's waves

Last year’s waves

Last year's waves

Last year’s waves

Sunset at Foz - Porto

Sunset at Foz – Porto

This year I would had taken completely different pictures, I wasn’t there (unfortunatly I’m not even in Portugal) but check out the video someone posted in Youtube:

Curious if someone filmed from the top of that Tourist Bus you can see in the video.

 

Random photos from Portugal

October 24, 2011

Not so much time to blog nowadays. Here are some nice photos from Portugal. Don’t forget to check my other posts or categories for more.


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