BAHIA - BRAZIL by Rui de Camposinhos (10343) 2013-12-31 - 2014-01-01
Bahia Is one of the the states of Brazil, and is located in the eastern part of the country on the Atlantic coast. It is the fourth most populous Brazilian state after São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro, and the fifth-largest in size. Bahia's capital is the city of Salvador, or more properly, São Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos, and is located at the junction of the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of All Saints, officially first seen by European sailors in 1501.
The name "bahia" is an archaic spelling of the Portuguese word baía, meaning "bay". ... (full story) (8 photos)
2012 European Capital of Culture by Rui de Camposinhos (10343) 2012-02-03 - 2012-02-07
Guimarães is a unique and special city! It is distinguished by its heritage, its inspiring landscape, its entrepreneurial capacity, its sense of belonging and the dynamism if its inhabitants. ... (full story) (13 photos)
NEW YORK by Rui de Camposinhos (10343) 2011-04-21 - 2011-04-25
New York hosts many world renowned bridges, skyscrapers, and parks. New York City's financial district, anchored by Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, functions as the financial capital of the world and is home to the New York Stock Exchange, the world's largest stock exchange by total market capitalization of its listed companies. ... (full story) (12 photos)
LATITUDE ZERO by Rui de Camposinhos (10343) 2009-03-05 - 2009-03-13
São Tomé and Príncipe is an archipelago with two main islands located about 140 kilometres apart and about 250 and 225 kilometres, respectively, off the northwestern coast of Gabon. São Tomé, the sizable southern island, is situated just north of the equator. It was named in honor of Saint Thomas by Portuguese explorers who happened to discover these desert islands on his feast day - 21/12/1471.
It is the smallest Portuguese-speaking country. The equator line crosses a very small island (ilhéu) of this archipelago wich name is "Ilhéu das Rolas". ... (full story) (19 photos)
MONSARAZ by Rui de Camposinhos (10343) 2008-08-07 - 2008-08-08
one of the oldest Portuguese towns southern of the Tagus river. It has been occupied since pre-historic times, existing on its vicinities about one and a half hundred megalithic monuments.
It’s natural position, the highest hill in the area and proximity to the deep Guadiana valley, made it a location of strategic importance.
After the Alqueva dam construction the Guadiana river overflowed in the Mediterranean landscape offering another visual impact hoping to be of astrategic meaning too. (15 photos)
AZORES-SMIGUEL by Rui de Camposinhos (10343) 2006-06-19 - 2006-06-25
The Azorean climate is temperate all year round without major variations
in temperature. Temperatures range between an annual average minimum of 14º C and a pleasant 24.8º C (August average).
In recognition of this, the Azores has recently won a special commendation in the European Tourism and the Environment Awards. ... (full story) (12 photos)
CAPE VERT ISLANDS by Rui de Camposinhos (10343) 2007-06-04 - 2007-06-13
Not so far from the Canary islands, and from the marvellous coasts of Senegal, lays the lovely archipelago of Cabo Verde…a land of music, poetry and, as an old local song says, of saudade, which in Portuguese stays for melancholy.
Cabo Verde is an unconventional place: its landscapes remind of an unspoiled planet more than a tropical archipelago as, except for the island of Sto Antao, it is just a desert archiplelago lost in the middle of the Atlantic, with sand, rocks and volcanoes.
It is an arid land, which offers a very few opportunities of development. Thus it is a poor ... (full story) (12 photos)
MADEIRA ISLANDS by Rui de Camposinhos (10343) 2007-05-03 - 2007-05-07
I have been before .. but this time I brought my camera.
Madeira island's provides stunning images. From around the island and capital Funchal as from the Porto Santo Island in this visit I found these small pearls in the Atlantic Ocean. In fact it's really is where Europe blends with the Tropics! (10 photos)
LA HAVANA by Rui de Camposinhos (10343) 2007-01-19 - 2007-01-28
The Cuban capital has scores of sites to visit. Old Havana, which UNESCO has declared to be a part of world heritage, contains many palaces, public squares, avenues, churches, fortresses and other forifications (including the largest fortified complex in the Americas dating from the 16th through 18th centuries.
One of the "things" that fascinate almost all visitors to havana are ... old cars.. enjoy the ride.. (29 photos)