Thursday, July 26, 2012

IMAGES FROM COIMBRA, PORTUGAL (PART 1)


My daughter Sofia at the bridge of Santa Clara, "Ponte de Santa Clara", above the Mondego River, in Coimbra, Portugal.  Minha filha Sofia na "Ponte de Santa Clara", sobre o Rio Mondego, in Coimbra, Portugal.


Coimbra is a city in the municipality of Coimbra in Portugal. The historic city of Coimbra is located in central Portugal, 120 km south of Porto, 195 km north of Lisbon. According 2001 Census, the city proper had a population of 101,069. The city of Coimbra is one of the most important urban centres in Portugal (after the much larger cities of Lisbon and Porto), playing a central role in the northern-central littoral and interior of the country. It is the principal centre in the Centro region, the District of Coimbra and the Baixo Mondego subregion. With a dense urban grid the city of Coimbra is famous for its monuments, churches, libraries, museums, parks, nightlife, healthcare and shopping facilities, but above all for its intense cultural life, centered on the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest universities in Europe.  

Coimbra é uma cidade portuguesa, capital do Distrito de Coimbra, a maior cidade da região Centro de Portugal e situada na sub-região do Baixo Mondego, com cerca de 101 069 habitantes. Sendo o maior núcleo urbano, é centro de referência na região das Beiras, Centro de Portugal com mais de dois milhões de habitantes. Cidade historicamente universitária, por causa da Universidade de Coimbra, fundada em 1290, conta actualmente com cerca de 30 mil estudantes. Banhada pelo Rio Mondego, Coimbra é sede de um município com 319,41 km² de área e cerca de 143 052 habitantes (2011), subdividido em 31 freguesias. É considerada uma das mais importantes cidades portuguesas. 


Mondego River, Rio Mondego, in Coimbra. Mondego River, The Rio Mondego, is the longest river located exclusively in Portuguese territory. It has its source in Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain range in mainland Portugal. O Rio Mondego é o quinto maior rio português e o primeiro de todos os que têm o seu curso inteiramente em Portugal. Nasce na Serra da Estrela e tem a sua foz no Oceano Atlântico, junto à cidade da Figueira da Foz. É o rio que banha a cidade de Coimbra.


The classic Hotel Astoria, in Coimbra, is situated at the Largo da Portagem, (Toll square), that is the main entrance to the city and faces the Santa Clara Bridge. The Hotel Astoria, one of the beautiful architectural symbol of the city of Coimbra, was built in 1926. O Hotel Astoria em Coimbra esta localizado no Largo da Portagem, a principal entrada da cidade de Coimbra e ao lado da Ponte de Santa Clara. O Hotel Astoria, um dos mais belos símbolos arquitetônicos de Coimbra, foi construído em 1926.

Ferreira Borges Street




 View to the city from  the “Elevador do Mercado”, the Elevator of the Market.

Vista para a cidade do “Elevador do Mercado”.
Photos by Sofia de Amorim Mascaro. 

Balada de Coimbra -  Carlos Paredes


27 comments:

Eduardo P.L said...

A Sofia puxou à família! Grande fotógrafa!

✿ chica said...

Filha linda e cidade igualmente!Belas fotos!!beijos praianos,tudo de bom,chica

OldLady Of The Hills said...

Hi Sonia....Is Sofia in Portugal on Holiday or for work? These pictures are all so very interesting....I love the close look at the buildings---the architecture---Pretty Amazing!
And that is a WONDERFUL picture of Sofia! She looks so very Happy...!
And the whole look of that city.....Once again, I get to visit a place I've never been to or seen, (nor will I be able to) through the eyes of someone who is there and enjoying everything about it. Thank you and thank Sofia for me, too!

Kate said...

You have a very beautiful daughter! I was very interested in the buildings and the background of all the photos, but your daughter is far more memorable!

georgia little pea said...

I'm listening to the music while I type! These little old Portuguese towns are so lovely. There's so much more history on the Continent than here.

BTW, I read the Portuguese first, as always. Found some words that completely eluded me and couldn't find the match in the English section. kkkkk!!! Back to the dictionary :)

Hope you're well. Have a great weekend! Beijos X

Al said...

What a beautiful old city, wonderful photos. Sometimes I wish I lived in the middle of a city like that, with everything in walking distance.

Terry said...

What a lovely photo of your daughter! The city is so pretty too.

Shammickite said...

It's all so beautiful.... and yet in every country I see graffiti!
Sfia is enjoying her trip to Portulal.... what a lucky girl!

Luma Rosa said...

Uma foto mais bonita que a outra e a saudade bate cada vez mais ;) Vontade de voltar à terrinha. Bom fim de semana!! Beijus,

Pup Fan said...

Wow - what a beautiful place!

altadenahiker said...

Lovely tour guide, lovely architecture.

Sofia said...

Obrigada pelo post mãe!!! Adorei tb a música portuguesa! Rever as fotos é reviver os dias incríveis q passei em Coimbra, deu saudade!
Obrigada também pelos comentários!
Abraços com carinho a todos :)

José Doutel Coroado said...

Cara Sonia,
espero que sua filha tenha gostado de Coimbra e do seu Fado.
abs

Linda said...

Hi Sonia,

Your photos are absolutely fantastic! Sofia is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing.

Brenda said...

Your daughter looks like a model and that looks like a photo in a magazine! Interesting photos of the old Hotel Astoria.

Inger said...

Beautiful daughter and very interesting photos of the buildings there.

Inger said...

Beautiful daughter and very interesting photos of the buildings there.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

As the Talking Head's song goes, your kid "has a face with a view" and your kid has some view. Lucky lucky.

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful place.
Melanie

Lara Neusiedler @ Uproad said...

the city is beautiful too, but Sofia is gorgeous!!!

freefalling said...

Love looking at all the details in the photos.
How long is Sofia in Portugal?
Have you been there Sonia?

Pizarro said...

Precioso reportaje de una ciudad muy bonita.
Saludos y abrazos.

Merisi in Vienna said...

Such magnificent sights, so beautifully captured, Sonia!

Thank you for the balada, I am listening and enjoying it right now.

A wonderful weekend to you,
Merisi

EG CameraGirl said...

Sofia's photos are wonderful/ I love the architecture! And Sofia is lovely too.

Carraol said...

Magnificent pictures of such a delightful city, peaceful and full of great architecture! Congratulations to your beautiful daughter and of course to her Mom!

Aninha Pontes said...

Portugal é um sonho!
Não conheci Coimbra, mas os lugares por onde passamos, nos deu muita vontade de voltar.
Me senti em casa.
Beijos

Paz said...

Beautiful city; beautiful Sofia! Happy travels!

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