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:

 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.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Holidays in Algarve - Portugal

Algarve is a popular touristic destination both for portuguese and foreigns. The region is best known for it's amazing beaches but there are also some cute and historical towns and villages worth to visit.  
In June and July Vera and Ninocas spent a few days in this portuguese region.

© Edição Vistal * Foto ©, Art & Concept: Gustav A. Wittich
A view of Tavira's rooftops from the castle. 
I've been to Tavira last April, seen this view and bought this card シ 

© Michael Howard Photography *
Views of Moncarrapacho, Albufeira, Alte, Estói and Querença. Alte was the only one of these villages that I visited. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

São João Baptista Fortress - Terceira Island

 This year the Europa stamps have a wonderful theme, castles. One of the portuguese stamps depicts São João Baptista Fortress in Angra do Heroísmo, on Terceira island, Azores. Lurdes, who lives on the island, sent a few cards of the fortress with the matching stamp. 

This military monument of big dimensions is located on the Brasil Mount, an ancient extinct volcano that forms a small peninsula on the south coast of the town, and two lovely bays (Angra and Fanal). The Fortress would have been part of a set of fortifications built for the protection of the rich Angra do Heroísmo coast. 

Built over the Spanish occupancy of the territory (1580-1640) the forts were built in order to protect the coast from the aggressive Pirate attacks and also for the Spanish troops barracks. 
Angra do Heroísmo was by then a very important town for the international trading, as it was situated in a strategic point in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and provided a very good port. 
The construction of the Fortress began in 1593, and here were lodged the Spanish troops for eleven months when the Portuguese Restoration happened. 

© Grafipost - Editores e Artes Gráficas, Lda
Already in the 20th century, during the Dictatorship period, the Fortress was used as a Political Prison.
The São João Baptista Fortress has a defensive wall area of about 4 km long, surrounding the Brasil Mount, housing in its interior the São João Baptista Church, the Santa Catarina Chapel and the Governor Palace , and is even considered to be the biggest fortress built by Spain in the world. - in:


Two lovely cards for my elderlies collection. 

I've said that Paula also sent me a card from the Cascais meeting, here it is.
Inês sent me this card as a prize for a guessing game. I actually already had it, well, same pictures but a different frame though. 

12th Postcrossing Anniversary Meeting

Last month Postcrossing turned 12. I'm sure this special event was celebrated by many postcrossers around the globe. In Portugal a few portuguese and foreign postcrossers got together in Cascais to share their love for postcards and Postcrossing. It was impossible for me to go there but I got these cards sent by Zé and Vitória and another one sent by Paula that I'll show in the next post.

Forways, Lda
Located in the heart of Cascais, between the Hotel Albatroz and the "Chalet Faial", Conceição Beach is connected to Duquesa beach. Its name is due to the existence of a chapel next to the beach built in honor of Our Lady of the Conception. It is one of the most frequented beaches in the town due to its privileged location, close to all kinds of transport and with easy access.

Forways, Lda
The Museum Condes de Castro Guimarães, the former "Torre de S. Sebastião", was built in 1900 by Jorge O'Neill. A classic example of "summer architecture", the building features ecletic elements, inviting visitors to enter a kingdom of fantasy and wonder celebrated in this XIXth century revival of the era of romance.
In 1910, the Count Manuel de Castro Guimarães aquires the house and after is dead (1927) donated his state, including his garden, to the people of Cascais. His desire was to built an art museum and a public library. The museum opened on July 12, 1931. - in:

Friday, August 4, 2017

Meeting with Luzia in Lisbon

Last May Luzia from Brazil visited Portugal with her husband and she met some of her postcrossing friends. I also met her, but not in Lisbon, we met in Coimbra. 
Her meeting in Lisbon was quite big and international. She met Leninha, Paula, Joaninha, Edite, Ana Maria, Luís, Zé, Gracinha, Vitória and Inês from Portugal, Vanesa from Spain and Raquel, a portuguese living in Belgium. 

This 1st card was sent by Leninha. An ilustration of St. Jorge Castle with a few typical characters of Lisbon. 

Mafalda Silva © Forways Lda
Gracinha sent me a card with some typical symbols of the portuguese capital, a kiosk, Fernando Pessoa statue, the trams, tiles and the traditional portuguese pavement, known as calçada. 

© New Jump Lda
One of the best known monuments of Lisbon is Jerónimos Monastery. 
This is an highly ornate monastery that is situated in the Belém, western Lisbon. This grand religious building was historically associated with the early sailors as explorers, as it was from here that Vasco da Gama spent his last night before his voyage to the Far East.
The card was sent by Zé. 

Luís sent a night view of Restauradores Square. This large square commemorates the country's liberation from 60 years of Spanish rule in 1640.
Beautiful trams in beautiful Commerce Square. 
Vitória sent me this card and used a stamp with the cathedral of my city.

© 2007 Edições 19 de Abril * Manuel. M. Pinturache
Another tram, this one crossing Augusta Street.
This last card was sent by Vanesa.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

PT RR - Group 60 * Castles

Cards with castles, forts & fortress, palaces and other similar structures are always welcome.  
Rui sent me a card from Funchal, on Madeira island with São João Baptista Fortress and Inês sent Lagarteira Fort from Vila Praia de Âncora in norhern Portugal. 

Foto: / Cristiano Abreu
The Fortress was completed in the second half of the 17th century, and is located 111, 5 meters above sea level. This fortress was used as the city warehouse to store gunpowder (this gunpowder was meant for all the forts and towers of the Island).
Initially it was designated São João Fortress, afterwards it was renamed as São Filipe and São Miguel and later it recovered its original name.
In the middle of the 20th century, it was given to the Navy to accommodate its Communication Centre. Due to the great number of antennae on the fortress, the population began to call it “Radio Peak” (Pico Rádio).

Grupo MJF
The Âncora Fort (Anchor Fort), also known as Lagarteira Fort, is located on the current parish of Vila Praia de Âncora.
According to the tradition, the toponymy Âncora is connected to the drowning episode of the Queen Urraca with an anchor tied to her neck as a punishment for adultery by her spouse, Ramiro II of Léon.  

Monday, July 31, 2017

PT RR - Group 59 * I wish

For this group of the RR in the portuguese speaking community, I wanted to receive churches, castles or snow. Both, Joana and Luzia, sent me churches. 

© Collection «Les authentiques et les imaginaires»
Joana lives in Mont-de-Marsan but she has never visited this church. 
St. Marie Madeleine Church is the most important church of this town. It was built between 1825-1829. 

 Foto: Paulo Laborne
I really like cute little chapels like this one in Catas Altas, Minas Gerais state, Brazil. St. Quitéria Chapel was built in the 18th century on a hill overlooking the Caraça mountain. 

March Alternative RR (IV)

In this last group I've cards from Australia, Malaysia, Russia and Taiwan. 

Photographs:Lynette Traynor and State Library of Victoria
The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) was a First World War army corps of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. It was formed in Egypt in December 1914, and operated during the Battle of Gallipoli. General William Birdwood commanded the corps, which comprised troops from the First Australian Imperial Force and 1st New Zealand Expeditionary Force. The corps disbanded in 1916, following the Allied evacuation of the Gallipoli peninsula and the formation of I ANZAC Corps and II ANZAC Corps. The Corps was reestablished, briefly, in the Second World War during the Battle of Greece in 1941. - in: wikipedia
Card sent by Azzi.

I thought this was a WWII propaganda card but this is actually the cover of a british war comic magazine, published  from 8 March 1975 to 23 January 1988. 
Card sent by Miza.

Orenburg is the administrative center of Orenburg Oblast (region), Russia. It lies on the River Ural, 1,478 kilometers (918 mi) southeast of Moscow, on the boundary of Europe and Asia. Orenburg is also very close to the border with Kazakhstan. - in: wikipedia
Card sent by Vera.

Mazu Temple in Penghu is the oldest Mazu Temple in both Taiwan and Penghu. It has a history of 400 years and is now listed as the country’s first-class historic site. Mazu is the most commonly worshipped sea Goddess in areas south of the Yangtze River. She also represents one of the most dominant folk religion in Taiwan. 
Card sent by Chien.

Satay is a dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat, served with a sauce. Satay may consist of diced or sliced chicken, goat, mutton, beef, pork, fish, other meats, or tofu. These are grilled or barbecued over a wood or charcoal fire, then served with various spicy seasonings. Satay can be served in various sauces, however most often they are served in a combination of soy and peanut sauce. Hence, peanut sauce is often called satay sauce. in: wikipedia
C. K. says it is a must try food in Malaysia.