Travel Photo Thursday

Porto, Portugal: Livraria Lello & Irmao

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Destinations, Portugal, Travel Photo Thursday | 11 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday, week 265 (2/11/2016), and Porto’s stunning Livraria Lello & Irmao.

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You might be wondering exactly what Livraria Lello & Irmao is, or maybe you’ve been lucky enough to visit this little gem of bookstore in Porto’s historic downtown. Here’s what TIME has to say about Lello…

“Rumor has it J.K. Rowling was inspired by Livraria Lello while writing Harry Potter (and teaching English in Portugal). It doesn’t take long to appreciate Lello’s potential as muse: a stained-glass atrium puts the spotlight on the bookshop’s deep red staircase, spectacular enough to stop you in your tracks. ” (Time: THE FIFTEEN COOLEST BOOKSTORES FROM AROUND THE WORLD). 

The store’s neo-gothic facade is gorgeous, but with everything that’s going on around, it doesn’t really stand out! You’ll also want to take note of the red building across the street from the entrance. That’s where you buy your entrance ticket. Yes, there is an entrance fee. TIME helped to make the store very famous. With some many people just dropping by to see the store, selling books became a bit of a challenge. Now, visitors pay a 3 Euro admission, and should you make a purchase that 3 Euro will be credited towards your purchase (excludes the coffee available upstairs).

Livraria Lello

Livraria Lello

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Portugal: A Delicious Prix Fix Menu

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Destinations, Food, Portugal, Portugal, Travel Photo Thursday | 17 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday, week 264 (2/3/2016)! Anyone who has traveled in Europe knows that prix fix menus are a common occurrence in restaurants across Europe. Today, join me on a photo tour of amazingly delicious prix fix menu at the 3 Marias close by the seaside village of Olhos D’Aqua, here in the Algarve.

Internet connections seem to be my nemesis this trip, so please forgive me if I haven’t been to your blog as often as I would like.

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My intent today was to take a long walk and find a new beach. I managed to do both, and find a lovely little restaurant serving up a perfect Prix Fix Menu!

My new beach was the lovely Praia Maria Luisa. The beach is a lovely sandy cove with cliffs that have steps and trails going to top. The views are worth the climb!

 

If you look closely, you can see the archway in the cliff. This shot was taken from ground level.

 

Praia Santa Luis Maria

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Portugal: Algarve’s Praia da Oura

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Portugal, Travel Photo Thursday | 14 comments

Welcome to week 263 (1/21/2106) of Travel Photo Thursday, and Portugal’s stunning Praia da Oura. I’ve actually been busy with work and tax related stuff most of this week, so the merry making of being on holiday has kind of taken a back seat. Thankfully, I have finally been able to decipher all of the bad Korean to English translations, and my taxes have been submitted, and my spring syllabus have been written and posted. I’m within easy walking distance of a number of the many stunning Algarve beaches, and while it isn’t really sun yourself on the beach temperatures here at the moment, walking along the sandy shore with the waves of the North Atlantic bouncing in and out, the salty tang, the stunning blue skies, and looking for the perfect rock or shell more than makes up for the cooler temperatures. Actually, I think the temperatures are just about perfect at the moment. Here are a few shots of Praira da Oura, which I’ve dubbed my beach, being a quick 10 minute walk from my apartment. The walk down is very easy. The steep hill on the return has been dubbed by many as “Cardiac Hill”. :)

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Algarve beaches are known for their rocky archways, as you see here on Praia da Oura. They are a perfect photo opportunity.

Praia da Oura

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Lisbon: Museu Nacional do Azulejo

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Destinations, Portugal, Travel Photo Thursday | 16 comments

Welcome to week 262 (1/14/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. This week, please join me on a photo tour of Lisbon’s fascinatingly beautiful National Tile Museum. Visiting this museum was high on my list and I was not disappointed. Both the museum’s stunning historical home and it’s breathtaking contents are worthy of a few hours of any visitor’s time.

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Museu Nacional do Azuleo/National Tile Museum

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Portugal Moments: A Photo Essay

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Destinations, Portugal, Travel Photo Thursday | 23 comments

Welcome to week 261 (1/7/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday, and our first post from Portugal, and of the new year. Last week was a huge miss because my site was under attack by hackers trying to break in, so my host took the site down. I don’t get how the tech people can’t see what’s going on, and honestly, the guy I pay to look after this stuff is turning out to be rather useless. I think it’s time to look for a new techie. Okay, enough about my tech woes. Since arriving in Europe on December 25th, I have taken 3433 photos (not including Instagram!). This week I want to share with you a few of my favorites from my time in Lisbon. Enjoy!

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In the courtyard at Lisbon’s National Azulejo Museum. Their tile collection is fantastic, and beautifully presented. This museum is a must visit if you’re in Portugal.

Courtyard at the National Tile Museum

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Travel Photo Thursday: 2015 in Review

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Chiang Mai, Destinations, Food, Halifax, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 8 comments

Welcome to week 260 (12/24/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday and our Christmas Eve edition! Wherever you are, and whatever traditions you celebrate, the best of the season! In just a few short hours I begin my journey to Barcelona, where I will land 9:35 am on Christmas morning. I’m sure you’ll all know how excited I am. This is the first major travel I’ve done since last winter, so I feel long over due for an adventure. This week I am publishing a short Travel Photo Thursday 2015 round-up. The seven posts below were the most commented on in 2015. Please enjoy!

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In number six spot,  with 42 comments each, we have two posts.

Remember the opium in Chiang Mai?

Chiang Mai: Opium at Doi Pui, Thailand for Travel Photo Thursday

 

Opium Poppy

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