D'a Cathedral.... OPORTO XII century masterpiece!! :)
This time, 2 weeks ago, we went to the old PRISON Building...again. It's today PortuGueSe PhotograpHy InsTituTe, in OPORTo city; Portugal 2nd most important city ...and obvioulsy d'a world nicest town as well!! I knew u would agree!!! No other chance tough... :)
É oficial... o verão chegou (será mm??) e voltámos aos safaris fotográficos!! Eu e a Nex somos mt felizes juntinhas!! :) A Nex 5 manda cumprimentos tb...
OPORTO city. :)
Porto (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpoɾtu]), also known as Oporto in English, is the second largest city inPortugal, after Lisbon, and one of the major urban areas in Southern Europe. Its administrative limits (an area of 41.66 km²/16 sq.mi) include a population of 237,584 (2011) inhabitants distributed within 15 civil parishes. The urbanized area of Porto, which extends beyond the administrative limits of the city, has a population of 1.3 million (2011) in an area of 389 km2 (150 sq mi), making it the second-largest urban area in Portugal. The Porto Metropolitan Area includes approximately 1.7 million people, and is recognized as a Gamma-level global city by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Study Group, being one of the four cities in the peninsula with global city status (the others being Madrid, Barcelona andLisbon).
Located along the Douro river estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Its settlement dates back many centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. Its Latin name, Portus Cale, has been referred to as the origin for the name "Portugal," based on transliteration and oral evolution from Latin. In Portuguese the name of the city is spelled with a definite article as "o Porto" (English:the port). Consequently, its English name evolved from a misinterpretation of the oral pronunciation and referred to as "Oporto" in modern literature and by many speakers.
One of Portugal's internationally famous exports, port wine, is named for Porto, since the metropolitan area, and in particular the adegas of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the production and export of the fortified wine.
O miradouro situado na Rua da Bataria da Vitória, com uma vista larga sobre o centro histórico do Porto e Vila Nova de Gaia, é propriedade privada e deverá integrar o projecto que venha a ser desenvolvido nos edifícios contíguos.
Os actuais proprietários garantem, contudo, que têm "a intenção de manter o miradouro aberto ao público", dizendo "não ver qualquer vantagem" em vedar o acesso aos turistas que o procuram.
O miradouro integra um lote que a Fundação para o Desenvolvimento da Zona Histórica do Porto (FDZHP) vendeu, no decurso do processo de liquidação em que se encontra. O espaço e os dois prédios contíguos, com duas frentes, para a Rua de S. Bento da Vitória e a Rua de S. Miguel, onde ainda moram dois inquilinos, foram lançados no mercado com o preço-base de 500 mil euros e seriam adquiridos pela sociedade construtora Maranhão por 576.100 euros.
Após a aquisição, os proprietários substituíram o portão em ferro que dava acesso ao miradouro (e algumas barras do gradeamento que delimita o terreno), anexando-lhe uma pequena placa onde se lê "propriedade privada".
O facto indignou o geógrafo Rio Fernandes que, num post colocado no blogue A Baixa do Porto, lembrou o carácter histórico do local - o espaço terá sido construído por João Almada em finais do século XVIII e recebeu os canhões liberais das tropas afectas a D. Pedro, em 1832 e 1833 -, argumentando que "há limites" às privatizações e que vedar o acesso ao miradouro é "um atentado".
Ao PÚBLICO, Filipe Sales, da Maranhão, sublinha que o espaço "é privado", mas que a intenção é mantê-lo acessível à população em geral. "Substituímos o portão e mantemos apenas uma das suas folhas fechadas, porque havia quem estacionasse ali o carro. A outra folha está aberta para todos e é nossa intenção continuar a permitir que as pessoas continuem a visitar o miradouro", diz.
Filipe Sales explica, contudo, que o imóvel poderá não ficar nas mãos da Maranhão por muito tempo, já que a empresa está a analisar várias possibilidades para o seu futuro, incluindo a venda do lote. O mais provável, acrescenta, é que ali nasça um investimento hoteleiro, quer o espaço se mantenha na posse da Maranhão ou não. "Há negociações a decorrer e o maior interessado [em comprar o lote] é da área hoteleira. Se formos nós a desenvolver um projecto, também será nessa área", diz.
O responsável defende que, mesmo que o espaço seja vendido, o miradouro deverá permanecer acessível a todos. "Penso que há todo o interesse em manter o espaço aberto."
k ome pahhhh!! Já marchava...
Luther volta...estás perdoado!!!
NEW YORK – Grammy award winner Luther Vandross, whose deep, lush voice on such hits as "Here and Now" and "Any Love" sold more than 25 million albums while providing the romantic backdrop for millions of couples worldwide, died Friday. He was 54.
Vandross died at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, N.J., said hospital spokesman Rob Cavanaugh. He did not release the cause of death but said in a statement that Vandross "never really recovered from" a stroke two years ago.
Since the stroke in his Manhattan home on April 16, 2003, the R&B crooner stopped making public appearances – but amazingly managed to continue his recording career. In 2004, he captured four Grammys as a sentimental favorite, including best song for the bittersweet "Dance With My Father."
Vandross, who was still in a wheelchair at the time, delivered a videotaped thank you.
"Remember, when I say goodbye it's never for long," said a weak-looking Vandross. "Because" – he broke into his familiar hit – "I believe in the power of love."
Vandross also battled weight problems for years while suffering from diabetes and hypertension.
He was arguably the most celebrated R&B balladeer of his generation. He made women swoon with his silky yet forceful tenor, which he often revved up like a motor engine before reaching his beautiful crescendos.
Jeff O'Conner, Vandross' publicist, called his death "a huge loss in the R&B industry. He was a close friend of mine and right now it's shocking."
O'Conner said he received condolence calls Friday from music luminaries such as Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones.
Singer Roberta Flack, on tour in Japan, said she was mourning the loss of her friend of more than 20 years.
"He was a musician who couldn't help but give you all he had," she said by telephone. "He was the kind of guy who was born to do what he did musically and let the world know about it. He was not born to keep it smothered in the chest."
Vandross was a four-time Grammy winner in the best male R&B performance category, taking home the trophy in 1990 for the single "Here and Now," in 1991 for his album "Power of Love," in 1996 for the track "Your Secret Love" and a last time for "Dance With My Father."
The album, with its single of the same name, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts while Vandross remained hospitalized from his stroke. It was the first time a Vandross album had topped the charts in its first week of release.
In 2005, he was nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for a duet with Beyonce on "The Closer I Get To You."
Vandross' sound was so unusual few tried to copy it; even fewer could.
"I'm proud of that – it's one of the things that I'm most proud of," he told The Associated Press in a 2001 interview. "I was never compared to anyone in terms of sound."
Vandross' style harkened back to a more genteel era of crooning. While many of his contemporaries and successors belted out tunes that were sexually charged and explicit, Vandross preferred soft pillow talk and songs that spoke to heartfelt emotions.
"I'm more into poetry and metaphor, and I would much rather imply something rather than to blatantly state it," he said. "You blatantly state stuff sometimes when you can't think of a a poetic way to say it."
A career in music seemed predestined for the New York native; both his parents were singers, and his sister, Patricia, was part of a 1950s group called the Crests.
But he happily toiled in the musical background for years before he would have his first hit. He wrote songs for projects as varied as a David Bowie album ("Fascination") and the Broadway musical "The Wiz" ("Everybody Rejoice (Brand New Day)"), sang backup for acts such as Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand, and even became a leading commercial jingle singer.
Vandross credited Flack for prodding him to move into the spotlight after listening to one of his future hits, "Never Too Much."
"She started crying," he recalled. "She said, 'No, you're getting too comfortable (in the background). ... I'm going to introduce you to some people and get your career started.'"
Vandross' first big hit came as the lead vocalist for the group Change, with their 1980 hit, "The Glow of Love." That led to a recording contract with Epic Records, and in 1981, he made his solo recording debut with the disc "Never Too Much." The album, which contained his aching rendition of "A House is Not a Home," became an instant classic.
Over the years, Vandross would emerge as the leading romantic singer of his generation, racking up one platinum album after another and charting several R&B hits, such as "Superstar," "Give Me The Reason" and "Love Won't Let Me Wait."
Yet, while Vandross was a household name in the black community, he was frustrated by his failure to become a mainstream pop star. Indeed, it took Vandross until 1990 to score his first top 10 hit – the wedding staple "Here & Now."
"I just wanted more success. I didn't want to suddenly start wearing blond wigs to appeal to anyone," he told the AP.
"This is the same voice that sang Pepsi-Cola, Coca-Cola, NBC 'proud as a peacock,' ... America, the world, has heard the voice, so there's no reason that that music shouldn't have gone the complete distance, I mean, to number one."
Another frustration for Vandross was his lifelong battle with obesity. Health problems ran in his family, and Vandross struggled for years to control his waistline. When he first became a star, he was a hefty size; a few years later, he was almost skinny. His weight fluctuated so much that rumors swirled that he had more serious health problems than the hypertension and diabetes caused by his large frame.
Vandross' two sisters and a brother died before him. The lifelong bachelor never had any children, but doted on his nieces and nephews. The entertainer said his busy lifestyle made marriage difficult; besides, it wasn't what he wanted.
Associated Press Writer Sam Dolnick contributed to this story.