Posts Tagged ‘Localguide’

Christmas Album

November 11, 2013

I know it is still a bit early for Christmas but I’d like to share I have created an instrumental Christmas music album as my first attempt as a indie musician. You can check a few tracks HERE (opens new tab) or follow the link to the new blog I created:

http://blitzwood.wordpress.com/

The cover of the album features a photo I took in the main street of  Debrecen (Hungary).

Christmas at Home Album

Christmas at Home Album

Aditional links: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon.com

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.

 

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?

Around the webs

December 17, 2010

So today I was linked to another Recycled Christmas decoration in Melgaço via facebook. Don’t know if it was the insperation for this one but the red and white Santa Claus was popularized by Coca-Cola in the 1930’s. 

Coca-Cola’s Santa

 Also gaining popularity in the internet is this girl Mina Stefan who wants to make it to the Playboy magazine cover. But why do I post her here? Because of her answer to “The best date i everd had was:”. She answers: “In Portugal”. It seems the lady had a very romantic evening in a portuguese beach somewhere so I thought it would be better advertising than my photos :). Click for source

Mina Stefan's best date was in Portugal

“Melgaço Radical”

February 2, 2010

Melgaço Radical” is a group dedicated to explore the natural values of Melgaço and its multiple opportunities for adventure and sports. The mountains and the Minho River provide the conditions for activities like Rafting, Hiking, Canyoneering, Paintball and others.

Rafting in December

Rafting for example is practiced throughout the year with a 30€ price for person (discounts for groups).

Canyoning

 Unfortunately their site is only available in Portuguese but you can surely e-mail them at geral@melgacoradical.com .

For more information about the municipality of Melgaço please check the Index page or my first post about Melgaço.

Other links: Melgaço Radical official site (Portuguese) ; more photos

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.

Melgaço: more photos

November 7, 2009

More photos taken in Vila – Melgaço. Please check the map i’ve created in Google for orientation: HERE.

Inside Carmo and Carmelitas churches

November 4, 2009

Note: Religious content – This following post shows the inside of Roman Catholic Churches in Oporto, if you don’t want to see the photos please skip it.  Sorry for the inconvinience.

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For more information on the location of this churches please check the “Praça de Gomes Teixeira” post.

Carmo

Carmo

Carmo Church

Carmo Church or “Church of the Third order of Carmo” was built in the second half of the XVIII century in Rococo style, following the project by José Seixas. In 1912 the outside wall was covered by a huge “Azulejo” designed by Silvestre Silvestri.

In the interior, golden chapels have a very detailed ornamentation. view photo 1 ; view photo 2 ; view photo 3

There is a painting on the ceiling of the main chapel. view photo 4

Carmelitas

Carmelitas

Carmelitas Church

The monastery of the Carmelitas barefoot friars and its Church were built in the first half of the XVII century. The church is designed in style with Classical and Baroque influences. In the XVIII century the interior was enriched with gilded chapels and pulpits. The monastery part of the building was converted into military quarters after the extinction of the religious orders in the XIX century.

The backgrounds of the chapels look simpler than Carmo Church. view photo 1 ; view photo 2

There is a chapel on the entrance dedicated to the Virgin Mary apparitions in Fatima. view photo

 There is a Pipe Organ upstairs in the choir area. view photo

The size of the photos

October 29, 2009

Some visitors commented that the blog’s photographs should take less time loading. I can clearly reduce their resolution a bit but I need some more opinions to help me decide. Please contribute.

Thank you for your time.


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