The Bravo Esmolfe Apple: the best in world?

The Bravo Esmolfe apple is Portuguese and unique in the World. Esmolfe, is also the name of the village where everything started, located in Penalva do Castelo – a county in the interior center of Portugal. It is believed that this apple is more than 200 years old, and it distinguishes itself by their scent, intense flavor, sweetness and unique sapid qualities. It is singular and excelent to health. According to some academic studies, this apple has phytochemical properties that help the human body to prevent various cancers. Accompanied by Serra da Estrela, its excellent to consume between meals or as a dessert. I dare you to prove!

By João Poças

Old School

Portuguese Museum of Natural History, Lisbon.

The Adventure of Geocaching

A few weeks ago a friend of mine, that sometimes collaborate in this blog, showed me the Geocaching. Well, i’ve heard about it earlier, but never paid a lot of attention. After trying, I realize that is a very interesting way to spend your free time and an excellent opportunity to find and share places. Do you know that feeling, specially during the holidays, of “I’ve nothing to do”… Well, Geocaching could be the solution. It is also a good sports catalyst. Grab your bike and GPS and start looking for the Caches. Enjoy!

The Medieval Enchantment

The Medieval Era is mysterious due to the absence of light. The age of Kings and Princesses with absolute power is over. Now, recreations of medieval environments is the only place where we can actually see the “people”, the clergy, the nobility  and the royal court… Enjoy the Medieval Fair of Santa Maria da Feira!


What is your favorite Corvette?

My favorite Chevy is the 1953 Corvette. It is amazing – beautiful, cabriolet, sharp and powerful. It represents the beginning of an era, the American economic supremacy. We can talk about the Buick 1955 or the 1957 Cadillac, but the Corvette is a remarkable brand that keeps on running. To prove my statements, there is some photos of my favorite small scale car from my childhood!

Do you prefer it in blue?

Inaccessible Monasteries

The Men efforts to reach God…

Taktshang Monastery, Bhutan

Sumela Monastery, Turkey

Holy Trinity, Greece 

Mount Huashan, China

Agia Roussanou, Greece

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka 

Real paintings

The Portuguese magazine Sábado made a very interesting photographic production by reproducing historical paintings. The result is fabulous.

(The first photo is always the reproduction)

The Great Odalisque, Dominique Ingres

Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci

Van Gogh, Van Gogh

Rembrandt, Rembrandt

Fernando Pessoa, Almada Negreiros

Frida Kahlo, Frida Kahlo

Girl With a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer

Dubai: Before and After

Enterprise Last Flight

It is time to rest and show to the world this great peace of engineering, the Enterprise – NASA’s first space shuttle. His last home will be in New York. The Space Race has heroes and the Enterprise is one of them. Although it was never in space, it inspired its brothers, like the Columbia and Discovery. Enterprise were always in the front line!

Photos by Publico

Dear America

When I was a child, I saw the United States of America has the greatest country in the world. Movies from Hollywood entered in my mind, as well as rock and pop American stars. American culture is global and reaches every corner in the world – this is your best ruff! When I was in school, I remember to play as Batman, Superman, Flash Gordon, Hulk and Captain America. America gave me my childhood heroes. My great-grandfather lived and worked very hard in the US, the house were I live today is a result of Portuguese hard and proud labor in American land. Although I have never been in America, the US occupies a special place in my heart. Unfortunately, this affectionate picture is loosing brilliance. I am not going to talk about the XXI century wars, the GWOT and the financial crisis, but Owsley. This town in Kentucky stopped in time. Here, 41,5% of the population live below the poverty line, without electricity and piped water. The unemployment is high, due to the failing markets of coal, wood and tobacco. How is it possible? Owsley big event is the high school prom…


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