Óbidos is one of Portugal´s top tourist attractions. Two whites to taste: in front white Estremadura from the local Cooperativa de Óbidos producer and white vinho verde from the Northern Portugal.
On our way to Quinta de Chocapalha we stepped in for a couple of hours to the small town of Óbidos. Óbidos is one of Portugal´s top tourist attractions. At this time of the year we expected to find hordes of tourists occupying every inch of that small town. To our surprise the village was quite and charming. "30% less tourists this year" a lady serving us food at Real Taverna restaurant told us.We liked that very much. So we found a small table at the restaurant and tasted two couples of wine: white Estremadura from the local Cooperativa de Óbidos producer which had a fine yellowish color and turned out to be also very nice in mouth and compared it to simple couple of white vinho verde from the Northern Portugal. What a nice lunch we had !
Bamboo forest is always an area full of wonderful mystery and photo opportunities. The short trail we took through the forest gave us a great example of the tropical ecosystem but the noise that traveled over treetops bouncing on the wind made it a little creepy too.
Shot on 20th of July 2009.
Date/time: 2009-07-20 10:24:20 Nikon D80 F-stop: f 20 ISO: 200 Metering Mode: Pattern Flash: Did not fire Focal length: 12 mm Lens: Sigma 10.0-20.0 mm
Thanks to the Spanish writer, Miguel de Cervantes, La Mancha is famous for its windmills. The most famous photographed site is a group of white windmills located at the Cerro Calderico hills in Consuegra, Spain, about 140 kilometers south of Madrid.
We visited that place on late June 2009. Early that day the spot was completely abandoned. While we were enjoying the views from the hilltop, a red old sport MGB Florida roadster suddenly appeared. For me it was so improbable to meet a lonely man and his strange car at that place, so I rushed for my camera and took a shot.Some scenes from the Cervantes novel started to flash before my eyes: a hot day, windmills, Spanish blue sky and a lonely Dom Quixote in his strange.... car.
Date/time: 2009-06-29 10:51:29 Nikon D80 F-stop: f9 ISO: 100 Metering Mode: Pattern Flash: Did not fire Focal length: 18 mm Lens: Sigma 17.0-70.0 mm Exp -0.3
Somewhere in the middle of wastelands of Spanish province Castilla Leon. A small sign on the little road under the beautiful sky shows our way back home. We´ve been wandering a couple of days in the western part of that province along the banks of the Douro/Duero river.
Sunset over swimming pool, recreation area and suspended platform with jacuzzi of the Hotel & Spa Alfâdega da Fé, Portugal. View over the Bornes mountains to the west.
On Sunday evening, on our way to Spain we stayed, one night only, in the Hotel & Spa Alfândega da Fé . Having jacuzzi on the suspended platform with absolutely breathtaking views over the Bornes mountains is like having time of your life.
Shot during our stay in the hotel, Sunday night, 12th oh July 2009.
Every time I open one of these really, really old bottles of Port wines I am a little nervous. Is the wine still OK ? Over many years of maturing in oak the wine gains full body but loses its aromatic fruit flavors. The balance between dry fruits, spices and tannins is gone. During the aging, the Ports gradually also lose the full, deep red color of their youth and take on the classic amber and coppery hue, which gives them their name. The old wine has more alcohol percent by volume.
A bottle of 1972 Garefferia Particular fromCasa das Torres de Oliveira ( Douro region ) was opened a couple of days ago. We celebrated a long awaited visit of our good friends from London. It was fine, elegant and deeply lingering wine. Very much enjoyed.
My son made that very nice HD compilation of many Gears of War 2 trailers with music from Three Days Grace - Animal I've Become. I saw his hard work during long days to complete this montage. So here it is: my little tribute to Lucas and all his hard work, dedication and passion he showed.
Congratulations Lucas ! I am really proud of you !
PS. I am a bit of fan of this game too. Lucas can often find me as his good gaming companion as we both play Gears of War 2 on our Xbox 360 console.
June 24 is St. John ´s Day. Saint John the Baptist is Porto´s Patron. Big party is all over the town. This year we celebrated it with a dinner and party on the board of "Cidade Invicta" ship in the middle of Douro River with a big group of friends.
The party ended with a spectacular fireworks and sound-and-light show.