Fotografia – Portugal 2019 (new series)

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In March and April we have been traveling with our buscamper on the Iberian peninsula.  A nice journey which started in the Extremadura in Spain and then we traveled through Portugal. In Portugal we started our journey in our so beloved Alentejo region. Then towards the most southwestern point of the Iberian Peninsula, Cabo The São Vicente. We continued our journey along the Atlantic coast and partly inlands northward. And finally traversing the north of Portugal, along the river Douro, direction Spanish border (Chaves), where our journey ended. Lisbon, Porto, certain parts of the Alentejo and the Algarve we have visited in earlier years and were therefore not visited this time but of course well worth a trip.

When you click on this link you will be directed to our photo gallery with our photo’s of Portugal: SmugMug. The photos of the Extremadura we will publish at a later stage. Here below a small extract of our extensive photo gallery on SmugMug.

Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Lapa, Braga

Photos taken in Terena, a very small village, along the road from Estremoz to Elvas.

Sunrise at  São Pedro das Cabecas with a 360 degree’s view of the surrounding area 

Cais Palafitico do Porto da Carrasqueira, a characteristic very small tidal port in the delta of the Sado River

Nazaré. Beautiful beach with a beautiful old town with colourful narrow streets.

In the villages Soajo and Lindoso are really wonderful groups of espiqueiros.

 

Travelogue – Spain and Portugal 2019

Sao Pedro das Cabecas

Period

14 March 2019 – 8 April 2019. Distance: 7,145 Km.

Photo gallery

A photo gallery with photos of our journey is now available on Smugmug (please click).

Route

  • Zeeland (NL) – Buchy (France, above Rouen)
  • Buchy – Mirambeau (France)
  • Mirambeau – Bordeau -Villaquiran de Los Infantes (Spain)
  • Villaquiran de Los Infantes – SalamancaValle Del Jerte – Navaconcejo
  • Novaconcejo – Coria- Valle La Vera – Losar de la Vera
  • Losar de la Vera – Villanueva de la Vera – Parque Nacional de Monfraqüe – Trujillo
  • Trujillo – Garrovillas -Valencia de Alcantera
  • Valencia de Alcantara – Marvao – Portalegre – Elvas – Olivenza Rosário (Portugal)
  • Rosário – Estremoz – Elvas – Rosário
  • Rosário – Terena – Barragem do Alvito – Viano do Alentejo
  • Viano do Alentejo – Alvito – Castro Verde
  • Castro Verde-Cuba-São Pedro das Cabecas
  • São Pedro das Cabecas – Barragem de Santa Clara-Cabo de São Vicente
  • Cabo de São Vicente-Carrapate -Villa Nove de Milfontes -Porto Covo
  • Porto Covo – São Bartolomeu da Sera – Santiago do Cacém-Porto da Carrasqueira – Comporta
  • Comporta – Peniche – Consolacao
  • Consolacao – Obidos – Nazaré -Coz
  • Coz – Aqueda – Bico
  • Bico – Bunheiro – Cortegaca – Ovar – Bico
  • Bico – Aveiro – Peso de Régua
  • Peso de Régua – Braga – Soajo
  • Soajo – Lindoso – NP da Peneda-Gerès – Santuario de NS da Lapa Soutelo – Boticas
  • Boticas – Senhora da Graca – Cascate de Figas de Ermelo- Peso de Régua
  • Peso de Régua – Pinhão – Chaves
  • Chaves – Saint Jean de Luz (France)
  • Saint Jean de Luz -Bordeau – Mayet (France)
  • Mayet -Zeeland (NL)

 Highlights of this trip

A nice journey which started in the Extremadura in Spain and then we traveled through Portugal. In Portugal we started our journey in our so beloved Alentejo region. Then towards the most southwestern point of the Iberian Peninsula, Cabo The São Vicente. Then along the Atlantic coast and partly inlands northward. And finally traversing the north of Portugal, along the river Douro, direction Spanish border (Chaves), where our journey ended. Lisbon, Porto, certain parts of the Alentejo and the Algarve we have visited in earlier years and were therefore not visited this time but of course well worth a trip.

The highlights:

Valle del Jerte. A 50 km long valley northeast of Plasencia. It is known throughout Spain for the more than one and a half million cherry trees that flourish in this period.

Valle la Vera. A beautiful valley with typical villages. We have been in Villanueva de la Vera. Many old houses with overhanging floors, resting on wooden beams. The valley lies on the southern flanks of the Sierra de Gredos.

Parc Nacional de Manfragüe. This National Park is quite beautiful. It is located at the Taag river. The fauna is special because of a large number of protected animals, such as monk vultures, black storks and eagles.

In Trujillo we made a city walk. The Plaza Mayor is nice. We drove the same day to Garrovillas, and this village has one of the most beautiful village squares in Spain.

Elvas. We visited Elvas back in 2010 and we didn’t see the charm then. Probably the wrong time. Now we found Elvas a beautiful, lively and atmospheric city. Narrow streets. The aqueduct of Elvas is the tallest in Europe. It was built in the 15thcentury and still active. We have to go back again to Elvas and take the appropriate time.

Terena is a very small village, along the road from Estremoz to Elvas. We found it very worthwhile visiting. Estremoz in miniature.

Alvito. A small town in the Alentejo. A small gem. The market is very cosy. The old town is beautiful. Some years ago, we made a Alvito of the Alentejo region and on the cover of our book is a photo of the Ermida The São Sebastião, a church with Moorish influences.

We passed Cuba. The country Cuba is high on my wish list to visit. This small town with the same name Cuba is worth a visit too. It has Cuban influences and this small town claims that  Christovão Colon (Columbus) was born here, in contradiction to the history books which say that Columbus was born in Genua.

Stunning views can be found at the São Pedro das Cabecas with a 360 degree’s view of the surrounding area. We stayed there for the night. The land owner told us the next day that this was not allowed, but he understood that we did not do it intentionally. You have enjoyed it in any case, he said.

Cabo de São Vicente. The lighthouse, the rocky coast and a beautiful sunset. We had a nice camper place for the night. Fortunately, not too many tourists, yet. A month later it is Sunset Circus.

Along the Atlantic coast we took at Carrapate a dirt road along the cliffs. This place is a paradise for the Surf Tribes. In Porto Covo, a blue-white town,with a beautiful coastline we stayed overnight.

We have visited two unique train stations in São Bartelomeu de Serra and Santiago do Cacém. We hope that the Portuguese will discover how unique these stations with tile tableaux really are and treat these stations as a national heritage.

The Cais Palafitico do Porto da Carrasqueira is a characteristic very small tidal port in the delta of the Sado River. A big storm and everything will be vanished. It is ramshackle, but a great location for photo shoots.

Obidos. This is a must of course. In 1989 we were here for the first time. Although many tourists visit Obidos throughout the year, the town is rather unspoiled and still worth a visit.

Nazaré. Beautiful beach and a beautiful old town. If you are lucky, we were not, you can see spectacular high waves close to the lighthouse. A fantastic spectacle. Nazaré is a place you must visit. Unfortunately, but rightly of course, pretty camper unfriendly.

Coz. The Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Coz is the only landmark of the village. But definitely worth a visit.

At the Aveiro Lagoon is Bico. An excellent camper spot. In the port are the typical pointed lagoon fishing boats. Aveiro, we found not that interesting, too much pimped up for tourists. Well worth the effort is the Igreja Matriz de Cortegaca in Cortegaca. The walls of the church are covered by azulejas. Also the town Ovar is worth a visit.

In Braga we visited Bom Jesus do Monte. A pilgrimage’s place. Great, but too bombastic I find.

In the National Park da Peneda-Gerês, in the villages Soajo  and Lindoso, are really wonderful groups of espiqueiros. Espiqueiros are typical maize storage sites, but also stock shed for onions, garlic, pumpkins. The National Park located on the border of Spain and Portugal is breathtakingly beautiful.

We had seen a picture of a church in a rock. After a long search we found it: Santuário The NS da Lapa Soutela. It is about 10 km west of Vieira Do Minho. It was worth a detour, not only because of the church, but also the spectacular rocks behind the church. The gigantic boulders seem to only need a small push to thunder down.

From Boticas we drove through the Serra do Alvão. A beautiful old landscape. The Rio Olo collapses through the Figas waterfall. At Cascate de Figas de Ermelo you have a nice view of the waterfall. It is a very beautiful nature area.

From Peso de Régua we drove along the Douro river to Pinhão. A beautiful town along the Douro. Also, Pinhão has a unique train station with tableaux of azuleas. In the surrounding mountains of Pinhão are beautiful viewpoints over the Douro. However, with a camper it is a challenge to get there.

Fotografia – Portfolio

 

 

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Belgium

We travelled through Belgium many times on our way to South Europe and we visited Antwerp many times, however we never spend time and efforts to make photos in Belgium. Since we have more time nowadays and we  live so close to Belgium we have planned to make frequent visits to, in particular the beautiful cities, in Flanders, e.g. Antwerp, Brugge, Gent and Mechelen. We also started with a new project in Belgium “In Flanders Fields”, taking photos of the remains of the Great War.

 

 

 

France

In 2016 we bought a camper bus and the first trips we made were to Bretagne and later to the Provence and Languedoc in France. When we were young(er) we have spent many holidays in France, in the Auvergne and Normandy and Bretagne. Also for our work we have visited  Paris, Lyon and Marseille. We have only good memories of that time. Regretfully not too many photos, since life was not digital then.

Bretagne was a revisiting tour for us, whereas the Provence and Languesdoc were new. The amount of photos are limited, since we also had to take care of our two dogs during these travels and they are a bit “high maintenance” sometimes.

 

 

Greece

Greece is special for us. We lived in Greece from 1993 – 1999. We lived in Kifisia, a suburb of Athens. During the six years that we lived in Greece we fell in love with the country. The culture, the people, the food and Greek music made our stay an unforgettable experience. We only have a few photos of that period in our Greek folder. Scanning is an  issue. Most photos are from visits we made after 1999. In September and October 2017 we have been travelling with our camper on Greece’s mainland.

 

 

 

Italy

Italy is like Greece very special for us. We lived in Italy from 1999-2005 and from 2010-2012. We lived in a small community, Salvano, which  belongs to Palazzago a village in the vicinity of Bergamo. In 2015 we stayed also for two months in Lecce. Living and working in Italy was an unforgettable experience. Italy is so rich from a cultural point of view. The Italian people have been so nice to us. And what should we say about Italian food?  From the period 1999-2005 we do not have many photos. We filmed at that time and we still have some scanning to do of our old negative films.

 

 

 

Nederland

Nederland, our home country. Most of the photos are taken after having spent 14 years abroad, in Greece and Italy. We live with our two dogs in the province of Zeeland. A very quiet place to live. Surrounded by the sea. We feel very much at home here and we have a lovely old house with a big garden.

We have  started to work on a few series of Dutch cities. As you may notice Amsterdam is still missing, but is of course on the agenda.

 

 

Portugal

We have been traveling in Portugal during four holidays and we love this country. We feel at home in mediterranean countries. We try to stay away from the very touristic places, and very much like to travel around and find authentic places. In 2019 we toured through Portugal for the first time with our camper and it was just great. All the treasures of Portugal, e.g. the landscape, the sea, the people, the food and the fado music make this country the paradise it is .

 

 

 

Scandinavia

Since we bought our buscamper we travel every year to Scandinavia. In 2017 – 2019 we have been traveling in Denmark. We follow the Margueritruten, an autoroute through Denmark of about. 3.700 km’s. We started off in Jutland and  then we went to the islands of Ærø, Funen, Langeland, Lolland, Falster, Møn, Sjælland and Samsø. Denmark is a very beautiful country and has all ingredients that we so much like: the sea, the coast, islands, nice rural areas, friendly people and space to breath and travel.

In 2019 we have made a round trip, starting in Denmark, though South-West  Norway and we ended in the south of Sweden on the island of Öland. It was a fantastic trip. It is our plan to travel in Scandinavia every year and explore Scandinavia further. It has so much to offer and we have only seen a small part of it yet. The nature is stunning. The weather might be a challenge sometimes.

We are now in the process of uploading our photos. Norway is almost done. We are now working on our photos of Sweden. A travelogue of our trip will soon be published.

 

 

Bodegas in Dueñas

Spain

Spain, like the other mediterranean countries, is a place where  we like to be and feel at home. We have been many times in Spain and visited many places. In earlier days we were there for work, but also traveled around on holidays. Regretfully, you will not find  photos from the early days here, since these photos have not been digitalised. In 2018 we have traveled with our camper in the north of Spain and in 2019 in the Extremadura. We will for sure make more journeys in this beautiful country, which is so rich when it comes to nature, culture and history.

 

 

 

United Kingdom

Regretfully only one gallery of UK. We hope that one day we are brave enough to travel with our camper through Britain. Brave to drive on the wrong side of the road.

 

 

 

 

Various Countries

In the galleries in this folder, you will find only a limited number of photos. Adriaan was visiting many countries for business, regretfully there was only limited time for making photographs. It is a pity not to have made more photos in Middle East, US, India and China.

 

 

 

 

Specials

In this folder we would like to publish galleries that will focus on specific topics. We will on a regular basis update the galleries and add new galleries.

 

 

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Yvonne & Adriaan

Coming soon

In 2019 we have uploaded travelogues and related photo series of our camper travels in Portugal, Denmark and recently Norway and Sweden. We are now working on a series about Hanze towns in the Netherlands. Here below a teaser with the skyline of Deventer.

 

Deventer