Since 2001 this vineyards are recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. They are located in the northeast part of Portugal along the Douro river.
So last week I went there to photograph the autumn, the follow image is an example of this colourful season.
In the schist rich soil grows the famous Port wine. There is a lot of top-notch wineries where you can taste it.
Is also nice enjoying a boat trip along the river or in the middle of the vineyards by Jeep.
You can follow me on facebook, google+ or by subscribing the newsletter (–>):
Enjoy and stay tuned!
For me the best part of Slovenia are the Alps, they are beautiful like an undiscovered pearl. During the winter season the typical towns completely full of snow gives some grace like the ones you see in an ancient movie.
On the way you will cross some very nice small towns like Zelezniki, also parallel with the road there is a small river with small waterfalls, very nice in fact.
Spending some days in the Triglav National Park (the only national park in the country) is well worth, is a very nice area for trekking and skiing.
These isolated churches that I found on my trip are lovely.
Located in the capital of Czech Republic this is the largest ancient castle in the world with 570 metres in length and an about 130 wide.
The Castle buildings received influences of every architectural styles of the last millennium. One of that buildings is the majestic Saint Vitus Cathedral.
The present cathedral was founded in the 21st of November of 1344 and is the biggest in the country. Also it hosts the tombs of many Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors. The windows as you can see above were decorated the art nouveau painter Alfons Mucha.
The view along the margin of the Vltava river is beautiful, sit in one of the several seats along the river and appreciate the view of the Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge during the sunset.
Located in western part of the island of São Miguel this is the most beautiful site on the island. This twin-lakes are under a massive volcanic crater.
They are fascinating because they are two different lakes connected by a narrow passage, one is green and the other is blue.
The island is well known for its cows, they are in all the mountain. The milk that they provide are used for a variety of things such as the delicious cheese and even milk liqueur.
The lake was full of these little guys, hundreds of crayfish in the margins looking for food.
Azores is well known by the pineapple plantations, they are an icon in the island of São Miguel. It was brought to the Island as an ornamental plant in the 19th century from South America.
They are produced in the greenhouses above, In the spring the greenhouses are painted in white because of the rays of sun, the pineapples needs sun but not directly. They plant about 1000 plants in each greenhouse.
During the night they do a bonfire with a can full of organic matter doing a lot of smoke and in the morning the doors are open for airing. This procedure takes 8 months and helps the plants to flourish at the same time.
It takes about two years for a single pineapple to grow.
They use the pineapples not just as fruit but also to make jam and liqueur, this liqueurs are an island speciality.
One of the biggest attractions in the Island is the typical dish called cozido das furnas that is the cozido à portuguesa but cooked in a different way. The dish Is a stew made from pieces of pork, Portuguese smoked sausages and a lot of vegetables.
This ancient dish was invented in the region of the Beiras in continental Portugal. So why is it so famous in this Island in particularly? Because of the way it is cooked.
The food is placed inside a large pan which is then covered with a bag. Then they put the pan inside of a hole in the volcanic soil that presents high temperatures. To finish they put a wooden lid and cover up the hole with soil.
The food stays underneath for some hours in these natural kitchens. The region has a strong smell of sulfur.
And finally here is the dish ready to eat in the local restaurant.
Pamukkale means in Turkish “cotton castle” and is the most beautiful natural site that I visited until today. Located near the city of Denizli in the south-west of Turkey.
The name couldn’t be more appropriate as you can see in the photos.
I was lucky to present this show of mother nature, rain in the left side and sun in the other.
In some pools you can take a bath and swim but you always have to take your shoes off.
This natural wonder with terraces of carbonate minerals where created by the flowing water from a hot spring with its large mineral content.
Antalya is located on the southwestern coast of Turkey, in the mediterranean. Has about 1 million habitants that in the summer season doubles for 2 million because the region is the biggest international sea resort in the country, with warm sea water during the summer.
This city is also know by the harbour surrounded by the old city wall. The boat trips are quite cheap.
Düden Selalesi are a group of waterfalls located about 12km north of Antalya in the Düden river.
The streets of the old city are like a big market, they cover the roof because of the sun and stores are everywhere.