Walking around in….Óbidos

 

It appears that I can’t leave my own country. The last 3 posts on this category have been about Portugal. But it really is a pleasure to show you places that you might have not seen yet.

This time I give you….Óbidos.

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The name comes from the Latin oppidum, which means something like a fortified city. And that’s exactly what it is. We have the city inside the walls of the castle.

The town in itself is quite small but full of spirit. We can walk around peaceful in the streets, without any cars. The town now hosts several festivities, such as the Chocolate feast, the medieval market and the Christmas market, which actually fill the town up till the breaking point.

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If you come to Portugal, and like small picturesque places, by all means come to Óbidos.

 

 

Walking around in Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra

Have you ever been to Sintra in Portugal? If you haven’t you don’t know what you are missing….For real.

The pictures that I’m sharing below were taken this weekend in Quinta da Regaleira.

Quinta da Regaleira is one of the many attraction in Sintra, along with Palácio da Pena, Seteais and Monserrate.

This is a beautiful place with a small palace, a nice chapel and enchanted gardens. The gardens have lakes, fountains, a huge well and grottos. There are several stories behind Quinta da Regaleira is praised also by the references to the Masons, the Knights Templar and Alchemy.

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I apologize in advance for so many photos, but it’s really haunting.

Walking around…..really nearby…in Odeceixe

This week, I’ve decided to stay close by and show you Odeceixe, a beautiful place in the south of Portugal.

If you haven’t been to the Algarve, instead of going directly to Albufeira or Vilamoura, the hip places to be, just relax, rent a Jeep and put your hikers boots on. Go into the wild and find some crazy beautiful places that are not crowed with….well….everyone! From foreign tourists to our reluctant visitors from the north (It’s usual to see them at the beach everyday for about two weeks in August. They are really simple to spot. They are in packs of 6, no less, take their beer from the blue icebox, smoke constantly on the beach and complain loudly how the Algarve sucks and that everyone is deluded to come there….but return every single summer), the Algarve really gets full in Summertime.

The beach of Odeceixe is lovely wild but at the same time, it has everything that you need. One side of the beach is tumultuous and has big waves for the ones who prefer to do water sports. The other side, has a river, that is so calm that you can relax and just watch your kids play from your towel. You get the best of two places in one beach, actually.

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Walking around….in Oktoberfest, München

For all the ones who like beer, have a great deal of patience and want to know how a sardine feels like when it’s stuck in the can, go to Oktoberfest, the land of plenty. Plenty of beer, dust and tall blonde people!

I’ve been several times to München. One was to go to the Oktoberfest, which actually starts in September not October. I liked it, but wouldn’t go again. There is simply too many people there. I couldn’t turn around if I wanted. I had to go where the crowd would take me. And I’ve been to Disneyland. Oktoberfest is worse and doesn’t have the parade to distract the majority.

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Walking around in….Berlin

So, I’ve decided to share some photos from places where I’ve been.

Berlin has been the chosen city to inaugurate this category. I’ve been there twice, and even though I like it, I don’t think that it screams Germany. It looks like a normal European metropolis to me. It’s beautiful and clean and full of things to visit.But for me München is closest to my heart, if you want a big enough city.

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Have you ever been there? What did you see?