Friday, August 18, 2017

Hermione - France

Hermione is not only the name of an Harry Potter's character, is also the name of a french frigate. 
The card was sent by Damien.

Avec l'aimable autorisation de Francis Latreille
The Hermione is a 32-gun Concorde-class frigate fitted for 12-pounder guns, completed in Rochefort by the Asselin organisation in 2014. She is a reproduction of the 1779 Hermione, which achieved fame by ferrying General Lafayette to the United States in 1780 to allow him to rejoin the American side in the American Revolutionary War. - in: wikipedia

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Begur - Spain

Gemma is my Spanish penpal and she lives in Barcelona. Fortunately today she was not even in the city, but she's obviously sad with this hideous attack, we all are ☹
Today, as in June when he sent me this postcard, she's in Costa Brava, far from the chaos and terror that hit Barcelona.

Triangle Postcards * Foto: © Jordi Puig
Begur is a town in the province of Girona, Catalonia. Sa Tuna, one of it's beaches, is considered one of the most prestigious in Costa Brava.

Ourense - Spain

A few months ago Vanesa moved to another town and she sent me this card to let me know about her new address. 

Ourense is a city in northwestern Spain, the capital of the province of the same name in Galicia.

SÚNAMIS cards
The card shows views of the Plaza Mayor with its arcaded shops and the Town Hall; a night view of the cathedral and Puente del Milenio, a bridge inaugurated in 2001. 

Paredes da Beira - Portugal

This the private chapel of the Lemos and Azevedos family residence in Paredes da Beira. 

The chapel is a remarkable example of eighteenth-century architecture. Dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, the small temple (aka the Holy Martyrs) is an impressive monument of ornamental and decorative art of the second half of the eighteenth century. The facade, picturesque and scenic, combines fantasy and decorative opulence with the plasticity of the ornaments and trim (Rococo & joanina) of the final end of the Baroque. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

GF Viseu

I know many postcrossers collect GF cards but this one you won't find it in postallove site. It was designed by Sofia's nephew, (I think). 

Some facts abot Viseu:
- Viseu, the capital city of Viseu's district, was voted the best city to live;
- The city has an area of 507.10 km2;
- Over 128 of its 99 274 inhabitants are postcrossers;
- The municipality is crossed by three rivers, Dão, Paiva and Vouga;
- If you like to shop, in Viseu you'll find the 3rd largest shopping center in Portugal;
- The city is often called the "City of roundabouts". Why? There are 197 in the city;
- São Mateus fair, held every year in Viseu, is the oldest fair in the Iberian Peninsula. 

Zé's postcards

These two cards were sent by Zé and the pictures were taken by him. They look great on cards!
Last year some portuguese postcrossers decided to turn some of our photos into postcards. We asked a professional printing company if it was possible and the response was positive. I also had some of my pictures turned into to cards. Although the result was not as good as I expected, it was funny to see my photos on postcards.
A few weeks ago we made another order and this time things went better.

Foto: José Guedes
Augusta Street in Lisbon seen from the top of the Triumphal Arch.
Lisbon's liveliest pedestrian street is paved with the traditional cobblestone designs and links the city's two main squares (Praça do Comércio and Rossio). It's a shopping street where international brands coexist with age-old shops, many of them with wonderful decades-old signs. - in: http://www.lisbonlux.com/lisbon/rua-augusta.html

 Foto: José Guedes
A lovely mailbox in Bogas de Baixo village. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Évoramonte Castle - Portugal

Last June after my trip to Denmark, I came home to change clothes and hit the road again. I've spent a few days in the portuguese region of Alentejo. The little village of Évoramonte was one of the places I wanted to visit the most. Many, may years ago I read a book - "Uma Aventura em Évoramonte" - portuguese for "An Adventure in Évoramonte", which is one of the many books of a teenage book collection written by portuguese ladies. I loved that collection and have been dreaming about that village and it's castle since then. I'm really happy that I finally found the time to visit this lovely village. 

The Évoramonte castle is one of the rare Portuguese castles that combines unique characteristics: the unique architectural ensemble, beautiful setting and also historical importance - it was here that the generals met on 26th May 1834, to put an end to the only but bloody portuguese civil war. 

Design: Luís Chimeno / Foto: Manuel Ribeiro
The castle is perched on a hill with more than 400 meters of altitude in the westernmost part of the Serra d'Ossa.
At the time of the Christian Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula, the town was conquered by Moors by the Portuguese forces commanded by the legendary Geraldo Sem Pavor, around 1160, when the construction of the castle began. Its defenses were rebuilt by D. Afonso III (1248-1279), the king who granted the village its  first charter (1248), renewed in 1271. These settlement attempts, however, do not seem to have been successful, as his successor, D. Dinis (1279-1325), ordered the fortification of the village (1306). The remaining walls and gates date from that period.  
With the accession of King João I to the throne, the Castle of Evoramonte and its dominions passed to the possession of the Constable D. Nuno Alvares Pereira, later coming to integrate the domains of the House of Bragança.

At the beginning of the Modern Age, D. Manuel I (1495-1521) granted a new charter to the village (1516), initiating a new constructive stage. 
The tower of the old castle was destroyed by the earthquake of 1531. The next year, under the direction of the mayor, D. Teodósio de Bragança, the tower was rebuilt in the form of a Palace of Italian Renaissance inspiration, designed by the architects Diogo and Francisco de Arruda.