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Porto filmed with a drone

April 1, 2014

Here’s a really nice video from Porto filmed with camera-equiped-drone. I need to buy something like this!

 

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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.

 

“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

 

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.

More photos: Oporto

November 1, 2010

Some photos taken by Mesi when she was on holidays in Oporto in July.

For more posts and photos from Oporto please check the Index Page.

Thank you for sharing them with me :).

Oporto: Castelo da Foz

January 22, 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.
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Castelo da Foz

 

“Castelo da Foz” is also known as “John the Baptist Fort”. It was built in the end of the 16th century for the defense of the Atlantic coast and the entrance to the Douro River. The building of the castle absorbed the Church (in renaissance style) that was previously in the same place.

There is no ticket required to visit the castle but the place is not crowded at all, there was only one other tourist when I visited, no one else!

Art Exposition inside

There was a painting/art exhibition in a large room inside, the only person there was the artist himself. He confirmed me that one can explore the Castle at his own will but there are some rooms off-limits where apparently there are some administrative offices.

From the balcony outside it is visible that some parts of the Castle have suffered the passage of time. There’s a good view of the mouth of the Douro River.

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.~

Roasted Chestnuts

January 14, 2010

 

Roasted Chestnuts vendor

Roasted chestnuts street vendors aren’t as common as they once were. One of the spots where you can still find a regular one is the “Cidade do Salvador” square in Matosinhos. The owner has an ice cream kiosk too nearby so I guess this is how he does business throughout the year: selling ice creams in summer and chestnuts in the winter.

Roasted Chestnuts in a paper cone

 He sells them inside paper cones to keep them warm longer, for 2€ a pack.

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Note: For more information about “Praça Cidade do Salvador” at Matosinhos please check the “Oporto: Matosinhos” post or the blog’s index.

Photos taken January 14, 2010

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.

Oporto: Castelo do Queijo

December 18, 2009

Castelo do Queijo – ticket: 0,50€

 Please check the following map for it’s location: HERE.

1. Castelo do Queijo

“Castelo do Queijo” – Cheese Castle, or Saint Francis Xavier Fort is a small defensive fortification near the Atlantic Ocean. It was built in the 15th century and it is named like this because it was built upon a round rock considered similar to a cheese. It has changed over the centuries, including being attacked or bombed during many wars, for example the “Liberal Wars” (1831-1834).

The fort has an angular design with wide shooting platforms and large walls. There was a moat around the walls so that the entrance was limited to one door with a drawbridge. It has no towers. The design is from the French military engineer Miguel de L’Ècole.

It is nowadays owned by the “Association of Comandos” being used for cultural purposes and for expositions.

Some consider it one of the best places of Oporto to watch the sunset on the ocean.

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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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