Thursday, March 30, 2017

Colorful View (Porto, Portugal)

Oh that colorful Porto! How this place is just inspiring and how it makes you think on every single step while passing the narrow streets full of shabby facades with widely open windows. Only a two days in this special city is really not so much time to spent especially if we take into account some fascinating important historical sites, but it is really enough to delight the view from the Dom Luis I bridge, eating the local Portuguese specialties in couple of taverns and drink sweet Porto wine. Besides that its art colonies & exhibitions which are often located in local houses can rarely be seen anywhere else in Europe.

Colorful View on Porto by Igor L.
(Nice Colorful View, Porto)
Photo taken by Igor L.

Our trip went from a dark Braga by train towards Porto. After the arrival on the main Porto train station, murals composed of ceramic tiles already thrilled me! So much art in one place is very difficult to imagine while colors of the buildings are changing while we are moving from street to street. Eventually we appeared in front of Monumento a Dom Pedro IV and passed square that surrounding him from where we waited the other group of people to join us and to check out all nearby hostels in search for possible free places. After a short time we had lucky because one hostel in the center remained slightly free and inside of it tourists watched the Eurovision song contest screaming from all their voices after each nonsense composition...

Árvore Escola Artística by Igor L.
(Árvore Escola Artística, Porto)
Photo taken by Igor L.

So far in my life I have seen close by myself the various well-known world universities but unlike the others Árvore Escola Artística looks brilliant from the outside where on the wall you can see various paintings, pictures, slogans and artistic ideas. Students are given complete freedom of expression as it should be and possibly this is something most creative I've seen recently. Good weather has finally dawned and after a small neighbourhood observation we went to "Cais da Ribeira" street next to the river, across the Dom Luis I bridge, sitting having a coffee while seagulls not afraid of anything slowly walked around our tables.

Clérigos Area Houses by Igor L.
(Clérigos Area Houses, Porto)
Photo taken by Igor L.
Stroll across the Dom Luis I bridge, view that extends all over the Porto, Douro river on the summer sun, Fernando fortress walls, couple of pictures for a long memory and time has already passed so quickly... It only stays to visit the main city attraction, for which many people will also say that is the symbol of Porto. As we approached the cathedral of São Pedro dos Clérigos I just could not take my eyes from houses that stood next to each other in a different colors very close to cathedral itself. Extremely nice scenery reflects and almost unreal cathedral tower, which is visible from all sides of the city and in Baroque style spirit finding its own places all around the world like a recognition for Portugal and his pride. Inside of cathedral exudes an atmosphere of peace with spaciousness but also and timelessness of important spiritual things.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Large Matthias Temple (Budapest, Hungary)

Nice weather, then the raining storm after a long walk, then climbing all the way uphill and then raining again! That will briefly describe my whole adventure in Budapest, capital city of Hungary but it was definitely worth it, especially after crossing the famous Elisabeth Bridge for the first time in my life and looking into the blurry Danube river which reminded me on my home city. However I was supposed to visit all the places divided on Buda and Pest sides which was really hard task since my time was very limited but I tried my best and here are results. 

Large Matthias Temple in Budapest by Igor L.
(Large Matthias Temple, Budapest)
Photo taken by Igor L.
As a reward for my soppy walking sport activities in the front of me at the top sprung a Matthias Catholic Temple which by its appearance and history can easily beat and some of the most famous world monuments. This church survived several reconstructions over the centuries as well as several coronations and was witness of all significant events in the history of medieval Hungary. From here you can also clearly see the Pest side of the city and enjoy in unique park environment. In fact there at the top behind the church is a whole little town full of antique buildings and each of them tells its own story. After watching the replacement of the guards in front of Buda castle (later it turned out that I was lucky because I came at the right time) I set my attention to the other small streets on the totally opposite side of the area.

John Capistran Monument by Igor L.
(John Capistran Monument, Budapest)
Photo taken by Igor L.

Long day train ride that lasts for almost nine hours from Belgrade and all these weather conditions certainly swept me for a while but I still take a pause in front of each monument and suddenly I looked up into something that I recognize! Among the other things I accidentally came across St.John Capistran monument which for me like a historical freak is a very interesting figureFor those of you who do not know St.John Capistran was one of the main leaders in defense of Belgrade fortress from attacks by the Ottoman Empire during the 1456 year sage. This just reminds me of how much Budapest, Belgrade and the river Danube are in fact historically connected among them.

Budapest Opera House by Igor L.
(Budapest Opera House, Budapest)
Photo taken by Igor L.

After Buda, the time has come to visit and Pest side of the city which on my luck was flatter and more easy for walking with a lot of shops and modern streets. It was the Budapest Opera House which was built in the late 19th century during the Austro-Hungarian Empire that brings to me some attention. That day was possible to enter inside of the Budapest Opera House for free but only in the main hall while the tour throughout the whole building with a tourist guide is charging with extra price. Ornaments and paintings inside of the opera (that I will show in some of the other posts) are simply stunting and often a famous singers have prestigious performances here so that tickets for specific concerts on the same day are impossible to getHungary without a doubt can certainly be proud of its cultural, historical and tourist content in their capital!