Friday, February 16, 2018

Ourense's Roman Bridge - Spain

Another postcard from Vanesa. She started to send offcial cards again and to celebrate, she opened a lottery. I was the lucky winner and got this card with the Roman Bridge in Ourense. 

Together with the Burgas, thermal springs and the Cathedral, the Roman Bridge is one of the three symbols of the city of Ourense.

© Ediciones Paris
The Roman Bridge of Ourense on the River Minho, was built in the first century A.D. 
According to tradition, it dates from the time of Trajan, however, its constructive characteristics are close to the time of Augustus.
During the twelfth century the main arch of the bridge gave way to a series of interminable repairs that only ended in the seventeenth century when the final reform gave the bridge its present medieval appearance while retaining its original Roman elements.
Of the original 11 arches, only 7 are left.
At present the bridge measures 370 meters long, with a central arch of 43 meters wide by 39 meters high, classified as the largest of the Roman Empire.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Meeting in Entroncamento - Portugal

It's not easy for me to go to postcrossing meetings because I work on weekends but last month I made it to the meeting in Entroncamento. The idea of this meeting was to visit the National Railway Museum, which has its headquarters and main base in Entroncamento. This city is a major hub of the Portuguese rail network and the location of railway workshops. The museum is a postcrossing member
For the 1st time in a meeting, most of the participants were newbies, this was their 1st meeting ever. 

Museu Nacional Ferroviário / Doação Varela Pécurto
As in every meeting, we sent some cards. This one was sent by Vanesa who was in the meeting.

Carlos Pinto
This one was sent by me. It shows the historical train with the E214 locomotive in Carrazedo. This old locomotive, built in 1923, was the last of the steam engines to leave the railroad in Portugal and is considered a rarity because it is articulated and, at the time, it was the most powerful in the Corgo metric line.

Torres Novas - Portugal

I'm not really sure how this postcard got to my mailbox, because it has no stamp. It must have fallen during its trip from Alcanena to Guarda. It was sent by Carolina, who I met during the meeting in Entroncamento last month.
In Torres Novas I've only been to the shopping centers next to the highway and honestly, I don't know much about the city.
The card shows a night view of one of the city's square, the windmills of Pena and the castle with a statue of D. Sancho I, the king who founded the city in 1190.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Cabanas / Conceição Church - Portugal

The postcard says as you can see, that this church is located in Cabanas, however when doing a search on the net, its location is in Conceição de Tavira. In 2013, the parish merged into the new parish Conceição e Cabanas de Tavira, this might explain the confusion. 
As for who sent this postcard, there's no confusion at all. It was sent by Leninha after winning her lottery on FB.

© al-garbdistri
This church goes back to the first quarter of the 16th century. The façade's portico features a late-Gothic Manueline decoration.

St. Rita healing

Inês has recently moved to Lisbon to start a new job. To celebrate this, she opened a lottery. I was the winner and she sent me a card with this only lady. 

Foto: Jão Filipe de Brito Sol Pereira
The lady is doing a St. Rita healing. I tried to find out what exactly is this healing and what it is used for but couldn't find any information. 

Three Generations

Three generations in the same picture. A nice card sent by Paula to wish me a 2018 full of cards ;)

Gérard Castello Lopes
Picture taken in 1957 somewhere in Algarve.

Corvo Island - Portugal

Corvo, considered by UNESCO a World Biosphere Reserve, forms, together with the island of Flores, the Western Group of the Azores archipelago. Originated from only one volcano, it is the smallest of the nine islands, with an area of only 17.1km2 and the northernmost island of the archipelago.
These nice Corvo island cards were sent by Lurdes who was born on Flores island but who lives now on Terceira island. 

© VerAçor Lda * Nuno Sá
Corvo’s discovery is closely linked with that of its bigger sister Flores, which is said to have taken place around 1450. Yet, its settlement only started in the 16th century, as the island was too isolated and in lack of a secure harbour. Over the centuries, Corvo became known as a favourite refuge for corsairs, as, for a matter of survival, the inhabitants provided water and food and repaired their ships in exchange for their protection. Vila Nova do Corvo, the island’s administrative centre, is the smallest community Europe’s with a town charter, which it received in 1832 from King Pedro IV in gratitude for their support during the conflicts between the Liberals and the Absolutists.
During the island’s heydays at the end of the 19th century, it counted more than 1,000 inhabitants. The main income sources for the remaining approx. 400 inhabitants are still agriculture and cattle raising, with the resulting cheese production leading the list today. As a matter of fact, the number of cows living on the island outnumbers by two and a half times the population. 

© VerAçor Lda * Nuno Sá
The people of Corvo are genuinely friendly and regard the arrival of a stranger as a welcome interruption in their daily monotony. As everybody knows everybody and nobody can hide anything, doors are generally not even locked! - in:
These three XIX century windmills are one of the attractions of the island. From this location, it is possible to see Flores island, which is at a distance of 17.9 kms.