Archive for August, 2011

Rainy day at Rua Infantaria Quinze in Tomar

It was one of those wet days as you can see in these photos shot at this narrow street called Rua Infantaria Quinze, in the old town of Tomar. I reckon that cobblestone streets look best in the rain. The glisten on the pavement highlights the roughly square stones that were laid here and the grey atmosphere in this middle age street under the rain greatly appeals to my senses. However if you don’t like to walk under an umbrella when it rains in Tomar, venture into one of the small shops and buy some treasures to make you remember this wonderful Portuguese historical city.

Wet day at Rua Infantaria Quinze in the City of Tomar in Portugal

This is a cobblestone narrow street in Tomar in a rainy day, called Rua Infantaria Quinze. On the left is the building where a printing company, Gráfica de Tomar are located. I think they have closed down its doors

 

Cobblestone street in a wet day at Rua Infantaria 15 in the City of Tomar

Another view of this middle ages narrow street in the City of Tomar in the rain, with its cobblestone pavement glistening. At some distance is my wife and my son walking under umbrellas

 

Rainy day at Rua Infantaria Quinze in the City of Tomar in Portugal

Photo taken in a rainy day in the opposite direction of Rua Infantaria Quinze in Tomar. A the end of the street is Praça da República, where the Church of São João Baptista and the statue of Gualdim Pais are located

Rowing around Nabão River in Tomar in a yellow paddle boat

I still remember when we used to rent a boat made of wood with paddles, at a dock in the Island of Mouchão Park in Tomar, on the right side of the inn Estalagem de Santa Iria. My father who died in 1997, loved to paddle one of those boats along the banks of Nabão River when he was young, especially when he and my mother became engaged. As everything in life, things change and now we no longer see boats made of wood, but yellow boats made of a synthetic material which seem quite sturdy and a lot of fun.

Yellow paddle boats at Nabão River in the City of Tomar

On summer days in Tomar you can rent one of this yellow paddle boats and go for a ride around Nabão River with your most significant one or family and friends.

 

Yellow paddle boats at Mouchão Park in the City of Tomar

I took this photo from Mouchão Park in Tomar near the kids playground. That's probably the reason a small dock was placed in this area, so that kids beg their parents to go for a ride

 

Yellow paddle boats at Nabão River in Tomar, Portugal

The same yellow boats which are made of synthetic material, waiting for some people to rent them. In front of the them are the small waterfalls of Nabão River

Dock for small boats at Varzea Pequena in Tomar

Apparently there was a time in the City of Tomar where people would go for a walk at Varzea Pequena, especially on Sunday afternoons and among other activities, like listening to a philharmonic band playing in the bandstand built in 1897, they might rent a boat in this small dock seen on the photos below, and row their way around Nabão River with their families and friends. This dock is no longer used. Later they created another dock in the Island of Mouchão Park, next to the inn Estalagem de Santa Iria, and now they rent yellow boats in a different place.

Dock at Varzea Pequena and Nabão River in the City of Tomar

Photo of a small dock at Varzea Pequena in Tomar. In the past people used to rent a boat here to row their way around Nabão River in a leisurely and quiet Sunday afternoon

 

Small dock at Varzea Pequena in the city of Tomar in Portugal

Columns at an old dock that used to provide access to small boats at the garden of Varzea Pequena in the City of Tomar. This dock is no longer in used but it's still a nice place to be

 

Dock at Varzea Pequena in Tomar

The old dock at Varzea Pequena seen from a certain distance. This garden is one of the most beautiful spots in the City of Tomar and right next to it is a five star hotel

Padrão Filipino, a public square column at Varzea Grande in Tomar

This public square column built right in the middle of Varzea grande in Tomar is called Padrão Filipino, but some people also call it Pelourinho de Tomar. This historical column symbolizes the judgement made by the King Filipe III of Spain and Portugal in favour of the people of Tomar and against the Order of Christ, when it wanted to take possession of the land where Varzea Grande is now located. Pelourinho de Tomar or Padrão Filipino is now classified by IGESPAR, the institute that protects the architectural and archeological patrimony of Portugal, as a monument of national interest.

Padrão Filipino at Varzea Grande in the City of Tomar in Portugal

This is Padrão Filipino which was built in the middle of Varzea Grande in Tomar, to remember the decision made by King Filipe III in favour of the people of Tomar and against the Order of Christ

 

Pelourinho de Tomar at Varzea Grande , City of Tomar

Pdrão Filipino also known as Pelourinho de Tomar is located at Varzea Grande at the parish of São João Baptista in Tomar, and is regarded by IGESPAR a monument of national interest

 

Padrão Filipino at Varzea Grande in Tomar

Close up of this column at Varzea Grande in Tomar. You'll notice that Padrão Filipino is surrounded by old street lamps, which at the time they were placed there, probably used oil rather than electricity

Suburb at Rua Fábrica de Fiação in Tomar

Being a small city means that a suburb in Tomar takes a different meaning from a large city like New York or London. A suburb in the City of Tomar may even be at walking distance from the centre of the town. There is now a bus called Tuto Tomar which stands for Transportes Urbanos de Tomar (Urban Transport of Tomar), that takes you to places in the outskirts of a city, but in some cases you don’t have to catch public transport to get to one of Tomar suburbs. This is one of those cases. From where I stand when I took these photos, Mouchão Park is behind me, yet I regard this area as a suburb somewhat separated from the city centre of Tomar.

Apartments near the Camping Park of the City of Tomar in Portugal

Photo shot near the Camping Park of Tomar which from where I stand in on my left. This area is also near the soccer field, yet those apartments can be regarded as a suburb of Tomar

 

Apartments at Rua Fábrica de Fiação in the City of Tomar in Portugal

A different perspective of this suburb of Tomar. On my right is the sports pavilion and the street in front of the buildings is Rua da Fábrica de Fiação

 

Apartments near Rua do Centro Repúblicano in the City of Tomar in Portugal

This is the rear of a group of buildings and on my right is Rua do Centro Republicano in the City of Tomar. It's an old street that leads to Rua Marquês de Pombal

Cobblestone stairs, an extension of Rua da Cascalheira in Tomar

This is an old cobblestone street stairs which is an extension of Rua da Cascalheira in Tomar. So I suppose this is the same street and that’s what I will call it for now. Logically no cars can use this street. It’s just a pedestrian lane that leads you to the sports pavilion, the soccer field and the Camping Park of Tomar, as well as to Mouchão Park. My mother’s apartment is nearby, so during my holidays in Tomar, I went down and climbed these stairs almost everyday.

Cobblestone stairs at Rua da Cascalheira in the City of Tomar in Portugal

Coming from my mother's apartment I used to walk down these stairs to go to different areas of the old town of Tomar, to the island of Mouchão Park and approach the banks of Nabão River

 

Rua da Cascalheira and its cobblestone stairs in the City of Tomar in Portugal

Similar area but a bit further down the stairs. From here I can go to the sports pavilion and soccer field of Tomar, enter Mouchão Park, cross the Old Bridge, etc

 

Cobblestone lane at Rua da Cascalheira in the City of Tomar in Portugal

This is the same street stairs which I believe to be Rua da Cascalheira in Tomar, but this time I was pointing my camera to the opposite direction

An afternoon in the rural area of Junceira in Tomar

My sister in law Amélia Moura and and her husband Victor, live in a village called Junceira, which is about 8 Kilometres from the City of Tomar. This village belongs to the Council of Tomar and that’s the reason I’m including a set of photos of the rural area around their house. My wife, my son and I were invited to spend an afternoon in their place in Junceira and in the usual Portuguese tradition of welcoming visitors, we were treated like kings, which included a mid afternoon repast with home made wine and other traditional dishes.

Rural area of Junceira near the City of Tomar in Portugal

This is what I saw, from my sister in law's house at the rural area of Junceira near the City of Tomar. Those houses in the distance belong to some of her neighbours

 

House in ruins in the rural area of Junceira near the City of Tomar

Another view from my sister in law rural house at Junceira. Apparently this land where this house in ruins lies, is for sale. Some people, especially from the United Kingdom have bough houses and land in this area

 

Village of Junceira near the City of Tomar in Portugal

This is a house right next door my sister in law's house at Junceira. The views in the distance are quite beautiful and that's one of the reasons some people like to live in this rural area near Tomar

Panoramic views from the Castle of Tomar in Portugal

These photos were shot at a viewpoint outside the castle of Tomar. This place is probably one of the best spots to take photos of panoramic views of the town. The first photo is from the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Conceição and the surroundings hills. The second photo show us the area where Hotel dos Templários was built in 1967 and completely renovated in 1994. The third photo is what I believe to be Estrada de Leiria, which leads to the City of Leiria 56 Km away.

Panoramic view of the Chapel of Senhora da Conceição in the City of Tomar

Photo shot from a viewpoint outside the Castle of the Knights Templar. From here we can see the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, built in the 16th century

 

Panoramic view of Hotel dos Templários in the City of Tomar in Portugal

This photo taken from the same viewpoint near the Castle of Tomar, show us a five star hotel built more than 40 years ago. From here you can also see Varzea Pequena and part of Mouchão Park

 

Panoramic view from the Castle of the Knights Templar in Tomar, Portugal

On the valley of Tomar you can see part of the town and a road which I believe is Estrada de Leiria, leading to a town about 50 Kilometres away, called City of Leiria

The clothes stands at the traditional Friday Market in Tomar

As you may already know from my previous posts on this theme, the traditional Friday weekly market of Tomar sells all sorts of merchandise. This time I am focusing on the clothes market, which is mainly situated alongside Nabão River. There are lots of stands filled with new clothes and accessories of all kinds for all tastes. As far as I know, no second hand clothes are sold here and the quality seems to be quite good.

Clothes stands at the market of the City of Tomar in Portugal

Photo shot at the weekly market of Tomar in an area where they only sell all sort of clothes and accessories. My wife bought a couple of gorgeous and good quality jackets in this clothes market

 

Clothes and accessories at the weekly market of the City of Tomar

Thought you walk on unpaved walkways, the traders of this weekly clothes market in the City of Tomar, keep their stands tidy and the clothes have quality. Remember this is a traditional market

 

Clothes market of the City of Tomar near Nabão River in Portugal

Another view of this clothes market in Tomar, with stands alongside the banks of Nabão River. This is a traditional market which has been operating like this for a very long time, probably since the middle ages

Coffee and Pastry Shop Pastelaria Estrelas de Tomar

This Coffee and Pastry Shop in the City of Tomar, known in Portuguese as Pastelaria Estrelas de Tomar, opened its doors in 1960, which makes them one of the oldest coffee shops in town. I remember that from the mid 70’s to the mid 80’s, you could hardly find a free table at certain hours of the day, such was its popularity. Now Tomar is a larger town with new suburbs and new coffee shops and as result you can always find a nice table to enjoy a good espresso coffee and eat one of its delicious and traditional pastries.

Pastelaria Estrelas de Tomar in Portugal Europe

This photo of Pastelaria Estrelas de Tomar, was shot from across Nabão River at Mouchão Park. This is a coffee and pastry shop that opened its doors more than 50 years ago

 

Pastry shop Estrelas de Tomar in the City of Tomar in Portugal

Photo taken inside Pastelaria Estrelas de Tomar. On the other side of the window is Rua Marquês de Tomar, Nabão River and Mouchão Park. You can have a coffee while enjoying nice views

 

Espresso coffee at Pastry Shop Estrelas de Tomar in Portugal

This is an aromatic Portuguese espresso coffee, also known as bica, served at Pastelaria Estrelas de Tomar. My wife was the one stirring the coffee before drinking it