Friday, July 20, 2012

MATOSINHOS'S BEACH, PORTUGAL.... PRAIA DE MATOSINHOS, PORTUGAL...

My daughter Sofia at Matosinhos's beach, located 1 km north of Nevogilde near a Harbor called Porto de Leixões, 8 km south of Porto, Portugal. Leixões is one of Portugal's major seaports, located 4 km north of the mouth of the Douro River, in Matosinhos municipality.
Minha filha Sofia na praia de Matosinhos, localizada a 1 km ao norte de Nevogilde, perto do Porto de Leixões, a 8 km ao sul do Porto, em Portugal. Leixões é o maior porto artificial de Portugal e principal porto marítimo da Área Metropolitana do Porto, localizado a 4 km ao norte da foz do rio Douro, no município de Matosinhos. 

Matosinhos is a Portuguese city belonging to the Porto District, Northern Region and sub-region of the Great Port. Yet belong to the Great Metropolitan Area of Porto. The municipality with an area of 62,30 km² (24.0 sq mi) has a population of 175,478 (2011), in 10 parishes. 
Matosinhos é uma cidade portuguesa pertencente ao Distrito do Porto, Região Norte e sub-região do Grande Porto. Pertence ainda à Grande Área Metropolitana do Porto. É sede de um município com 62,30 km² de área e 175. 478 habitantes (2011), subdividido em 10 freguesias. 

All photos were taken by Sofia de Amorim Mascaro.




At left we can see the Forte of São Francisco Xavier, also known as "Castle of the Cheese," "Castelo do Queijo" in Portuguese. It is a castle/fort in Porto, Portugal. This fort is placed in the sea side near and the wall facing the sea is often hit by the waves depending on the tides. The fort was given the name of Castelo do Queijo because it is built in the top of a rock that resembles a "piece of cheese."
À esquerda podemos ver o Forte de São Francisco Xavier. Em posição dominante sobre o oceano Atlântico e a pouca distância da foz do rio Douro, é também conhecido como "Castelo do Queijo" por, segundo a tradição, ter sido edificado sobre uma rocha de granito arredondada, e com um formato similar ao de um queijo.

 


Boardwalk of Avenue General Norton de Matos, where you can see the monumental sculpture created by the American artist Janet Echelman, named "She Changes", located at the Praça Cidade S. Salvador, in Matosinhos, to homage the fisherman. 
Calçadão da Avenida General Norton de Matos, com vista para a monumental escultura "She Changes", criada pela artista norte-americana Janet Echelman, situada na Praça Cidade S. Salvador, em Matosinhos, homenageando os pescadores.


Sculpture "She Changes" by Janet Echelman.






16 comments:

Thérèse said...

A nice description.
Janet Echelman created a very similar art piece in Phoenix!

OldLady Of The Hills said...

This is a fascinating piece. It is difficult to tell what it is made of, isn't it? It's really quite Beautiful...!

And the pictures of the Beach are very interesting, too....It looks quite lonely and lifeless in a way....Strange, yet still beautiful, too.

Gattina said...

I wished I could be there too ! I am sitting here with the heating on and outside it rains !

Al said...

Beautiful photos, I love the beach. I'd love to spend a week there doing nothing!

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful. I love the beach.
Melanie Neichin

✿ chica said...

Maravilha!!!Estou numa praia linda, na Bahia!!beijos praianos,chica

Joyful said...

That's a very interesting sculpture on the waterfront. The terrain looks more flat and the building more modern (stern) than the place you showed us last time. I like the traditional buildings best with their colourful rooftops but this way there is something for everyone. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Tina´s PicStory said...

what wonderful pics! :)

elizabeth said...

What lovely wide beaches.
Just the sort I like!
I think I should visit Portugal.
Have all your family gone for a trip there?

Buster sends greetings!
ox

lis said...

Continuação de lindas fotos Sonia.
Bem fez a Sofia fotografar cada local visitado.
A escultura é linda e fiquei impressionada com o calçadão entre o mar e a cidade .
Um espaço excelente pra eventos e passeios.
abraços Sonia e bom regresso pra Sofia.Ou ela fica uns tempos por lá?
bom domingo

altadenahiker said...

Wonderful photos, but my heart belongs to a Castle of the Cheese. Perhaps I was Portuguese in a previous slice. I mean, life.

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Nice pictures from Portugal. Thanks for sharing!

Barb said...

Just what I needed this morning in land-locked CO - fabulous beach scenes!

Inger said...

A beautiful piece of art and lovely beaches. Thank you for stopping by my blog again. It's always great to hear from you.

Brenda said...

Loved the pictures and video about the sculpture! And all the people talking about it - so interesting. My question: how do they keep birds out of it? You would think the bottom of the net might be filled with dead birds who flew in and couldn't get out!

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I remember watching a TED interview about Janet Echelman. Her rise to prominence is interesting...wish I were at the beach right now

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