Friday, May 10, 2013

Faro south of Portugal

Faro (lien, enlace, link)
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Faro is worth a quick visit if you pass-by, it's only one star in the Michelin guide and has very little for sight seeing. So here goes few pictures to give you an idea.
Faro (lien, enlace, link)

Praia de Vale do Lobo

Praia de Vale do Lobo (lien, enlace)
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Praia de Vale do Lobo is one of the main 3 beaches that are in the Golden Triangle with and Praia do Garrão and Quinta do Lago- Algarve -
Praia de Vale do Lobo (lien, enlace, link)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Praia da Quinta do Lago

Yesterday walking down the beach of Quinta do Lago. Beautiful long beach, integrated to the natural park of Ria Famosa, you can't even see the end of it. From a photographer point of view, well... very little that catch your eye, finally after kilometers I found this completely buried barrier, which is there to protect the dunes, which are of course prohibited to the walker. See the 2 pictures below. That was all.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Trujillo linked to the discovery of America

Trujillo (link, lien, enlace)

Trujillo, city of 9860 inhabitants located between the bottoms of the Tojo and Guadiana rivers, contains an important group of churches, castles and manor houses that are centered around the Plaza Mayor square and which are declared Property of Cultural Interest. Since the 16th century it was the cradle of illustrious characters linked to the discovery of America. Trujillo is within the Route of the Conquistadors, which includes other towns in Extremadura like Medellín, Villanueva de la Serena or Jerez de los Caballeros.

We arrived in Trujillo just the weekend of their festival cheeses, meaning it was crowded and the beautiful plaza was impossible to photograph. On the other hand we were delighted to taste so many different cheeses accompanied and drink local wines with. Sorry that my pics can't transmit the smell ;)
Trujillo (link, lien, enlace)


In our way back from Portugal we decided not to take the highway but instead going through the beautiful Aracena Mountains leading to the village of Jabugo famous for its renowned cured ham, the best in the world. Don't thing about Jabugo as a big town, the population is about of 2,475 inhabitants located in the province of Huelva.
It is also known as the jamón ibérico, produced from black Iberian pigs, or cross-bred pigs as long as they are at least 75% ibérico, also know under the name of Pata Negra.
Different qualities exist, the finest is called jamón ibérico de bellota (acorn). This ham is from free-range pigs that roam oak forests (called dehesas) along the border between Spain and Portugal, and eat only acorns during this last period.
One more detail, the entire village smells ham! Clik on the link to get an idea of what the village looks like.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

A walk around Merida a Roman town

Merida a Roman city (lien, enlace, link)
The town was founded in 25 BC, with the name of Emerita Augusta (meaning the veterans – discharged soldiers – of the army of Augustus, who founded the city; the name Mérida is an evolution of this) by order of Emperor Augustus, to protect a pass and a bridge over the Guadiana river.
For more info on Merida I invite you to consult wikipedia
Enjoy the walk.

Merida a Roman city (lien, enlace, link)

Medellín from Rome to the Conquistadores

Medellin a town full of history (lien, enlace, link)
Medellín is a village in the province of Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain, full of history.
The city was named after the Roman general Quintus Caecilius Metellus Pius, it was originally called Metellinum.
Today it has a population of 2,337 (2009) and an area of 65 km².
Interesting fact: The second largest city in Colombia, Medellín, was named so in honour of this small village as well as another city in Mexico and two in Argentina!

The castle replaced a 10th-century fortress which was destroyed in the 14th century by Pedro I the Cruel and rebuilt by the Infante Sancho of Castile. It has a double walled perimeter with many round turrets and reinforcing towers. Inside, the castle preserves a 12th-century underground reservoir. The castle was extended in the 15th and 16th centuries.

One more word, Medellín is the native town of Hernán Cortés de Monroy y Pizarro, 1st Marquis of the Valley of Oaxaca; 1485 – December 2, 1547. He was a Spanish Conquistador who led an expedition that caused the fall of the Aztec Empire and brought large portions of mainland Mexico under the rule of the King of Castile in the early 16th century. Cortés was part of the generation of Spanish colonizers that began the first phase of the Spanish colonization of the Americas.

For more information please visit those websites:

Medellin a town full of history (lien, enlace, link)

a stork nesting 3 babies

A stork nesting 3 babies (lien, enlace, link)
I've been patiently playing during good 2 hours with a stork nesting 3 babies in the beautiful Roman town of Merida, in the province of Extremadura. Unfortunately my 70-200 F4 mm with the addition of my 1.4x giving me total of 280mm wasn't enough to frame full frame. The following photographs are the results of some strong resizing, half of my 20 megapixels.
Anyway enjoy.

A stork nesting 3 babies (lien, enlace, link)