Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Lascaux - France

In August of 2010 I've received my 1st card from Lascaux. Exactly 7 years after that 1st card sent by Patrick, I've received another card sent by Damien.

  Photographe © Editions René
Lascaux is famous for its Palaeolithic cave paintings, found in a complex of caves in the Dordogne region of southwestern France, because of their exceptional quality, size, sophistication and antiquity. Estimated to be up to 20,000 years old, the paintings consist primarily of large animals, once native to the region. Lascaux is located in the Vézère Valley where many other decorated caves have been found since the beginning of the 20th century.

Lascaux is a complex cave with several areas (Hall of the Bulls, Passage gallery) It was discovered on 12 September 1940 and given statutory historic monument protection in december of the same year. In 1979, several decorated caves of the Vézère Valley - including the Lascaux cave - were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. - in: http://www.bradshawfoundation.com/lascaux/

Monpazier - France

Damien always sends me nice cards and I especially like this one. 
Monpazier is a village in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwest France. The village is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France") association. 

Photo Edition "France Regard"
This beautiful village is a bastide. Bastides are fortified new towns built in medieval Languedoc, Gascony and Aquitaine during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries...
Some of the first bastides were built under Raymond VII of Toulouse to replace villages destroyed in the Albigensian Crusade. He encouraged the construction of others to colonize the wilderness, especially of southwest France. Almost 700 bastides were built between 1222 and 1372.
The bastides were so successful against their opponents in the Hundred Years War that the English adopted them for themselves, first in France and later in Wales. - in: wikipedia
Monpazier dates back to 1285. It was founded and built by King Edward I of England, who was also Duke of Gascony. It was home to Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard II of England for a time.

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.

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.

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 * www.mikehowardphoto.com
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: https://www.guiadacidade.pt/en/poi-fortaleza-de-sao-joao-baptista-18599


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: https://www.visitportugal.com/en/NR/exeres/52715CD8-0F36-4633-A656-D68F210B2BB5

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.