sábado, 15 de abril de 2017

Corvo island (Azores)

Corvo island, photo taken from Flores island.
Corvo island is the smallest of the 9 island in the Azores archipelago.

quarta-feira, 12 de abril de 2017

The islet

What means to live on an island?

I know that for many people it must be unthinkable to live on an island, to be surrounded by sea, the feeling of isolation, but for me, I think it is all a matter of habit. For me, islander, I love the feeling of being around the island and, in most situations, I can see the sea, feel that I am part of that "bit" of land in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

On the other hand, the first time I traveled to the center of Europe, I felt precisely that feeling of strangeness, of those who look at the horizon and only see buildings or landscape without having the sea around ... it was really strange! For example, I feel a bit like a person from the interior of a country that then arrives on an island and feels it is "stuck" ... in my case, I felt the lack of the immense sea that "isolates" us.

All this, to introduce this photograph that I adore, precisely on one of the roads where we always see the sea, practically for almost 30 kilometers.

In the photograph, the islet of the Mosteiros, Mosteiros village, where you can see 3 more cliffs by the coast.

Down below is a small beach, with a direct view of those cliffs.
  

terça-feira, 11 de abril de 2017

Exploring Romania (part 1)

Romania: a country worth visiting!

2014 was the year when I put the idea that I would have to make at least one trip a year from now on. And then, I started in this country, due to the fact of having a local friend, who was a spectacular guide.

We visited the country from one end to the other, for 2 weeks.


The part of the trip proper to the country was what made me spend more money (almost € 500). This to live on an island had (now we have the low-cost) of these things, it entailed catching a flight to Lisbon and this to Bucharest. Overall, the stay (by having place to stay for most of the days) was at less than half of the aforementioned value.

 It is a country where the cost of living is low and, for a Portuguese with a minimum salary, gives perfectly for a holiday there without great concern (provided that the right places are chosen).


Country filled with magnificent landscapes, with many sheep, to enliven each landscape even more.

Ah ... if in the Azores we have cows scattered over all that is pasture, in Romania I even found (besides the sheep), pigs and chickens in pastures!

A fantastic experience was this (in the next 2 pictures), where I had the opportunity to take a ride on a steam train, one of the few in Europe that still circulates on the railways. Mocăniţă, the best known name, is in the region of Maramures, another of the places full of breathtaking landscapes. 


 More photos soon!