FACADES OF TYPICAL HOUSES IN OLD TOWN, PORTO _ 0554

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From Portugal
Travel from April 4 to June 10
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HISTORICAL PART OF PORTO AND THE DOURO RIVER _ 0550

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The Douro is one of the major rivers of the Iberian Peninsula, flowing from its source near Duruelo de la Sierra in Soria Province across northern-central Spain and Portugal to its outlet at Porto.
The name, Latinized Durius, may have come from the Celtic tribes that inhabited the area before Roman times: the Celtic root is *dubro- and in modern Welsh dŵr is “water” with cognate dobhar in Irish. In Roman times, the river was personified as a god, Durius.
The Douro vinhateiro (=winegrowing), an area of the Douro Valley in Portugal, has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Traditionally, the wine was taken down river in flat-bottom boats called rabelos to be stored in barrels in cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, just across the river from Porto. In the 1950s and 1960s, dams were built along the river ending this river traffic on Spanish and border sections. Now Port wine is transported in tanker trucks.
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From Portugal
Travel from March 26 to June 10
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CLERIGOS TOWER _ 0549

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The Clérigos Church is a Baroque church in the city of Porto, in Portugal. Its tall bell tower, the Torre dos Clérigos, can be seen from various points of the city and is one of its most characteristic symbols.
The church was built for the Brotherhood of the Clérigos (Clergy) by Nicolau Nasoni, an Italian architect and painter who left an extense work in the north of Portugal during the 18th century.
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From Portugal
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CHURCH OF THE JESUIT COLLEGE (PONTA DELGADA) _ 0422

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The Church of the Jesuit College is a church in the municipality of Ponta Delgada, in the civil parish of São Sebastião, part of the historic centre of regional centre. It was also known as the Church of All Saints, when the temple was constructed by the early settlers to the island.
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From Azores, Portugal
From Azores ( Feb 23 ) _ Missent to ThaiLand  _ To VietNam ( April 8 )
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FLORES, PONTA DELGADA _ 0414

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Ponta Delgada is a rural civil parish in the Azorean municipality of Santa Cruz das Flores, on the Portuguese island of Flores. The population in 2001 was 453 inhabitants, occupying an area of 18.72 square kilometres (7.23 sq mi), along the northern coast from the regional capital. It is the third oldest religious parish on the island of Flores, only preceded by the communities of Lajes and Santa Cruz das Flores.
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From Azores, Portugal
From Azores ( Feb 23 ) _ Missent to ThaiLand  _ To VietNam ( April 8 )
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MONASTERY OF BATALHA _ 0381

The Monastery of the Dominicans of Batalha was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians at the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. It was to be the Portuguese monarchy’s main building project for the next two centuries. Here a highly original, national Gothic style evolved, profoundly influenced by Manueline art, as demonstrated by its masterpiece, the Royal Cloister.
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From Coinbra, Portugal
Travel from Feb 24 to Mar 22
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No.34 ( My Unesco World Heritage Site)

BELÉM TOWER _ 0375

Belém Tower or the Tower of St Vincent is a fortified tower located in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém in the municipality of Lisbon, Portugal. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the nearby Jerónimos Monastery) because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries. The tower was commissioned by King John II to be part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus river and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.

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The tower was built in the early 16th century and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style, but it also incorporates hints of other architectural styles. The structure was built from lioz limestone and is composed of a bastion and the 30 m (100 foot), four storey tower. It has incorrectly been stated that the tower was built in the middle of the Tagus and now sits near the shore because the river was redirected after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. In fact, the tower was built on a small island in the Tagus River near the Lisbon shore.
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From Coinbra, Portugal
Travel from Feb 24 to Mar 22
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No.33 ( My Unesco World Heritage Site)

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Wine has been produced by traditional landholders in the Alto Douro region for some 2,000 years. Since the 18th century, its main product, port wine, has been world famous for its quality. This long tradition of viticulture has produced a cultural landscape of outstanding beauty that reflects its technological, social and economic evolution.

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From Coinbra, Portugal

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No.13 ( My Unesco World Heritage Site)