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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.

 

Matosinhos: “Piscinas das Marés”

June 21, 2012

Piscina das Marés

It seems the ocean-water-swimming pools in Matosinhos are re-opening for the Summer this day 23. Looks like a nice option for this next weekend. The swimming pool was designed by famous portuguese architect Siza Vieira (Wikipedia). More photos in: http://www.getportugal.com/en/poi-piscinas-das-mares-leca-da-palmeira-20985

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Down to Lisbon: 2-The Road

March 16, 2012

Óbidos

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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.

Down to Lisbon: 1-Nazare

March 15, 2012

It’s been a while since my last post and with my complicated work hours I can only check some blogs from time to time and haven’t payed attention to my own.

This last February I had to go South to Lisbon to take care of some paper work. I went by car and took the A8 highway. The first stop was in Nazaré, a ocean-side village particularly famous to surf fans after some youtube video (check it down).

I had never been there but the view of the landscape and of the waves in the Atlantic Ocean was sure worth it.

For the lunch I decided for one of the backstreet restaurants. I usually prefer those because they have to impress the customers with their food while the restaurants in front of the beach can rely on the view.

Visit the Junkyard

July 24, 2011

After the rating agency “Moody’s” downgraded Portugal 4 levels to “Junk” level there has been a lot of anti-Moody’s activity by some inspired Portuguese.

There were also some internet attacks to Moody’s site one of which took their server down. As a result Portuguese IPs have been blocked by Moodys.com

Even with all this Economy news  I hope Portugal is still in your destination wishlist. Here are some photos I took this last Friday in Matosinhos to cure us from the economy stress:

By the way, my “thank you” to the European Union for believing that we’ll pay our debt againts Moody’s opinion.

Discovering Portugal… in Youtube

June 7, 2011

Today while checking the internet at work (sorry boss) I came across 2 nice videos with views from Portuguese beaches.

This is not from any destination I have covered in this blog and the creator of the video is just testing his new camera but i think the beauty of the images is worth it.

Enjoy:

There and back in work again

April 16, 2011

I have a new job this month, 50 Kilometers north from Oporto in Esposende (Portugal). Trying to make me feel more comfortable in the area my new co-worker (apparently a hiking addict) recommended me to cut through the fields towards the ocean for a walk after lunch. It’s less than 10min each way. I had my camera with me so I took some photos to share. Judge my lunch break sights.

What do you see in your luck break?

Matosinhos in January

February 3, 2011

Seashells in Matosinhos

It’s winter in Portugal of course but snow is not common in Portugal. Especially not compared to the temperatures in central Europe, our January here had snow in some mountain districts but in the north  coast the temperatures were always around 10ºC (50F) and we had some sunny days too.

In sunny days there was a considerable amount of people walking along the beach. The surfers also enjoy this days for some practice since, except some occasional brave person, they are the only ones in the water.

For more information about Matosinhos please check my other posts in this Category.

Photos were taken in January 2011.

Up to “Peneda”

January 30, 2011

The sanctuary of “Nossa Senhora da Peneda” is located high in the mountains and is not in fact part of Melgaço but of another municipality: “Arcos de Valdevez”.

Peneda Sanctuary

But taking your time to go up there from Melgaço you’ll also enjoy the views and explore the mountains and small villages in the way.

 

Even just following the road (by bicycle or by car) with some occasional stops you’ll certainly enjoy the view of the wind turbines spinning as they produce electricity, the water courses cutting their way in the mountains and you’ll enter the Peneda-Gerês National Park in “Lamas de Mouro” – Melgaço. It is possible to find wild mountain horses often.

Please don’t forget to check my other posts about Melgaço.

More photos from the sanctuary can be found: HERE

Photos taken in January 2011. Temperatures in Melgaço were around 10-15ºC (50-59F)

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.


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