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“The Boston Global” article about Porto

November 12, 2013

The Boston Globe journalist Christopher Muther has published an article about his visit to Porto. He planned to stay just one day, he ended up staying 4 nights.

What I found … was a series of charming old stone buildings, church squares, and open-air markets. There’s a river that glistens as it snakes through a city that clings precariously to cliffs and a night-life scene that rivals any European hot spot on a summer night.”

“I’m not one to take pictures of my food at restaurants. I usually feel that food is meant to be digested and not shared on Facebook. But I took out my camera, the good one no less, and photographed my steak tartare and the beautiful presentation of the truffle-style alheira (a meat and flour-based sausage) on a bed of toasted bread, bacon, and almonds.

Porto’s “Ribeira”

Read the article at:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/travel/2013/11/09/porto-sophisticated-new-edge/Qo25mGhnY4HaRTUzdKGpJM/story.html

 

Dear readers…

September 28, 2012

 

University of Debrecen

I have moved to Debrecen in Hungary. I think there was still a lot to tell about the places I lived like Oporto and Melgaço and I think I still have material in my hard drive for some more posts. But I don’t intend to end the blog, maybe I’ll be adding Debrecen to my list of destinations instead.

 

Discover Portugal: In Facebook

June 25, 2012

If you want to see some really amazing photos from Portugal don’t miss the “Descobrir Portugal” (Discover Portugal) group in Facebook! There’s a bit of everything and a bit from everywhere in the photos shared by the community. Just go to http://www.facebook.com/absolutportugal . Here are some examples:

Down to Lisbon: Lisbon!

June 17, 2012

Lisbon from Airplane window

After our one day trip we finally arrived to Lisbon. I think it has a different feel from any other capital in Europe. In one hand there’s of course the good Southern Europe weather and sunlight illuminating it on the other hand there’s historical reasons.

Recent history has been kind in the looks of the city. While other countries were deep into World War II, Portugal remained neutral in the conflict saving monuments from bullet marks, bombing, rebuilding and other tragedies. The last time Lisbon had to undergo a major reconstruction was in the 1755 earthquake. Then it got the shape of a modern city with straight, large parallel streets downtown facing the river.

History also gave the city a cosmopolitan feeling. Lisbon was the center of a maritime Empire with colonies in America, Africa and Asia and you can see influences from distant lands in many landmarks, museums and in trees that don’t seem to belong in Europe.

Due to our errands we didn’t have so much time for sightseeing so I included some photos I took another time I was here in October 2010.

There’s plenty of photos and information on Lisbon in the internet but feel free to check our photos. There’s a photo I took from an airplane window arriving to Lisbon Airport showing the “25th of April” Bridge and the Cristo Redentor (a similar statue to that existing in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil).

Down to Lisbon: 2-The Road

March 16, 2012

Óbidos

Map

We left from Porto a bit late considering out schedule. We noticed the progressive landscape change, from the North mountains of Portugal to the Hills of the West. It was a bit unfortunate that we didn’t pick the camera until after Aveiro because we saw interesting stuff on the way. It’s a pity but I can’t show something like 10 consecutive stork nests built on the traffic signs in the highway, it was quite unexpected. I guess there’s a lot of babies there.

But we could get some interesting photos either on the move or on the occasional service area stop. The focus isn’t always right when you travel but I really like some of this photos. There’s the view of Óbidos from the highway; the contrast between the old traditional windmills and the new electric turbines and even some curious mini-camping-houses near Nazaré.

Around the webs: Melgaço in Youtube

January 10, 2011

Melgaço is one of those unknown destinations in Portugal with plenty to offer as you can check on my previous post.

Sign on the Spanish side of the Bridge

I’ve found some interesting videos on Youtube that add a different angle.

Video 1Aerial view

This video shows an aerial view of the Minho River and Melgaço.

It begins with the River and the international bridge between Spain and Portugal.

At 0:42 you can see the rural Hotel “Quinta do Reguengo”

At 1:09 it shows the Sports Complex

You can get a good view of the town with the castle tower standing out at 2:30

Video 2Bridge Jumping


I’ve talked about the practice of extreme sports in Melgaço in my “Melgaço Radical” post.

Here’s a video of some people jumping from the International bridge if you’re feeling brave today.

Video 3RC helicopter films the Monte de Prado Hotel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7IXtENrSHc

This video shows the “Monte de Prado” Hotel located in the Sports Complex and near the river.

2010 in review

January 4, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

 

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,200 times in 2010. That’s about 17 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 13 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 42 posts. There were 63 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 66mb. That’s about a picture per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 12th with 122 views. The most popular post that day was About.

Where did they come from?

 

The top referring sites in 2010 were WordPress Dashboard, search.conduit.com, facebook.com, leavemehere.wordpress.com, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for cervejaria gazela, bifanas, conga bifanas, cervejaria gazela porto, and prego no prato.

Attractions in 2010

 

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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About September 2009

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Oporto: Conga 2 “Casa das Bifanas” January 2010

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Oporto: Cervejaria Gazela January 2010
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Melgaço: town symbols October 2009
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Madeira: Banana Tree January 2010
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From Praça Gonçalvez Zarco to the mouth of Douro River

January 19, 2010

This post is part of  Matosinhos – Oporto following the Atlantic Ocean and Douro River, please check the Index page for the other posts following the same tour.

Check the path I followed on this post: HERE

Cheese Castle -> Foz Castle -> Douro River mouth

The Atlantic Ocean

Continuing to follow the Atlantic Ocean Southwards you’ll be now in an avenue with a wide sidewalk. There are a lot of classy villas and other buildings on the other side of the road. This is probably the zone with the most expensive houses in Oporto.  

Along the coast there are small gardens near the sidewalk and 3 not-too-big sand beaches. Then you’ll reach another castle (“Castelo da Foz”) guarding the mouth of the Douro River.

Danger: Wave Zone

The manmade barriers in the mouth of the river are usually under the continuous collision of waves so walking to some areas above the barriers can be dangerous.

The “Arrábida” bridge can be seen upriver linking Oporto to Gaia (Vila Nova de Gaia).

After the “Foz” Castle, leaving the Ocean behind and already following the Douro River, there is a public garden “Jardim do Passeio Alegre”, with fountains and a mini-golf area.~

Oporto: Cervejaria Gazela

January 4, 2010

“Cervejaria Gazela” is a snack-bar/restaurant in Oporto, located in the Batalha Square, near the “Teatro S.João” (Saint João Theatre). It is not far from “Aliados” and the “São Bento” Metro and Train Station. (Google Maps)

It is quite small inside, consisting in a “U”-shaped counter inside of which 2 or 3 friendly and chatty cooks prepare the hotdogs and serve everyone. The food is quite different from everywhere else and the price is predictable in the range of 10 to 15€.

The house’s special are the distinctive hot dogs made with a special spicy sausage and a slim slice of pork within a toasted mini-baguette. If you like spicy food and want it to taste stronger you can ask for some “molho” – sauce – on it.

Special Hot Dogs

There are also other good options like “Prego” which is basically a grilled pork steak that can be served in bread (“prego em pão”) or in a dish surrounded by fries (“prego em prato”). I personally recommend you to ask for the extra cheese, ham and egg that you can have with it as seen in the photos.

This place in one of those “secrets” that inspired me to create this blog, it is a snack-bar I would choose for lunch and a couple of beers if I had some friends visiting me at Oporto and I’ve never seen a tourist inside it! The few that are seen usually walk outside on their explorations without noticing the great food locals are eating inside.

From Praça da Cidade do Salvador to Praça de Gonçalvez Zarco

December 17, 2009

This post is a continuation of theMatosinhospost.

Check the path I followed on this post: HERE

Fisherman’s roundabout -> Cheese Castle

Find: "Fisherman's roundabout"; Transparent Building; Sealife and "Cheese Castle" in this photo

Following South after the Fisherman’s roundabout you’ll be between the Transparent Building to the West and the borders of Oporto City Park (“Parque da Cidade”) to the East.

Parque da Cidade” is the largest green area in Oporto.

The Transparent Building (“Edificio Transparente”) is named like this because of its façade with huge windows towards the sea. It is a building dedicated to leisure, it features a gymnasium, a surf school, a bycicle shop and bars downstairs near the beach.

At the end of this path you’ll reach “Praça Gonçalves Zarco”, another roundabout. It has a statue dedicated to the knight and navigator Gonçalvez Zarco –administrator of the settlement and colonization of Madeira Island in 1425. This roundabout is usually known as “Castelo do Queijo” Cheese Castle roundabout because of the rock upon Saint Francis Xavier Fort was built.

SeaLife was built recently near this roundabout.

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Note: One of the  sightseeing bus lines parks in this roundabout to allow tourists to visit the Castle. It works in “hop on – hop off” fashion. This means the tourist can use his daily ticket to enter or leave the buses as he pleases, exploring at his own pace. More information can be found on the official site: HERE. I expect to create a post on the subject later.


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