South Africa and Portugal

Blogging allows you to travel around the world, interact with other people, other cultures. 

1.Let’s visit Eugene Brown’s blog from South Africa and learn more about that country. 

2. Answer this survey on Eugene’s post.

3. Do ACTIVITY 1 and ACTIVITY 2.

 

Activity 1: MY FAVOURITE PLACES TO VISIT

Write a post that shares some of your favourite places in your country. 

In your post, include information that people from other countries might not know.  What is there to see and to do? Why is it a special place? Try to write at least three paragraphs.

Add a gallery with your own photos or from PHOTOS FOR CLASS. You can use ADOBE SPARK and make a video with your photos.

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Write a post on some fun facts about your country.

In your post, include links to where you researched and a gallery of photos.

Activity 2:

Visit at least 3 blogs from countries other than your own. Look for the students’ blogs. Leave a comment on a post at each blog to ask them questions about their country. Don’t forget to leave the URL address of your blog!

Mr. Grieve’s Class Blog, New Zealand

Mrs. Kriese’s Class Blog, USA

Mrs. Jan Smith’s Class Blog, Canada

Mrs. Flannery’s Class Blog, Australia

4Below leave a comment saying which blogs you have visited.

Example: Today I left comments on Chase’s Blog from Mrs. Kriese’s Class Blog and on Arielle’s Blog from Mrs. Jan Smith’s Class Blog.

What are my favourite places in Portugal? Let’s find out!

Portugal – Some of my Favourite Places to Visit

 

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Porto

Porto, in the North of Portugal, is one of my favourite cities. It’s a soulful romantic city spreading along the banks of the river Douro. The golden shimmer of the river and the dark melancholic tinge of the old buildings in the higgledy-piggledy city centre are part of its undeniable charm.

From the sky-high miradouros (lookouts) we can lay eyes on a turmoil of tumbledown rooftops, churches, bell towers and beautiful old buildings. Once in a while you can catch a glimpse of the famous Portuguese azulejos (hand painted tiles) decorating local architecture.

Down below, there’s the constant presence of the river and the lively food markets and alleys weaving along the famous Ribeira. Here you can watch the sunset while savouring an aged tawny port and tasting the best Portuguese cuisine. On the other side of the river, in Vila Nova de Gaia,  you can visit the most famous Port wine cellars, learn about its production and … (the best part!) you can taste its different varieties. 

The charismatic locals, the tripeiros,  are friendly and warm-hearted and well-known for the frequent use of colourful curses mingled with their everyday language.

If you ever come to Portugal, don’t forget to visit this wonderful city. You won’t regret it!

This gallery was made with photos I took in December 2014.

Sintra

Sintra is a picturesque town set among the hills of Serra de Sintra, not very far away from Lisbon, our capital city. It’s one of the most charming and loveliest places I’ve ever seen. It’s full of exquisite palaces, historic buildings, gorgeous gardens and parks. The whole place embodies the Romantic ideal.The scenery is amazing and the lush green natural sights will rest your mind and feed your soul.

In 1995 UNESCO decided to inscribe the Cultural Landscape of Sintra on the World Heritage list.

While strolling through Sintra you’ll find several magical places like Quinta da Regaleira. It’s a spiritual place, an exotic park with palace-like buildings, winding lanes, turrets with breath-taking views, strange recesses, beautiful lakes. Throughout the park you’ll find amazing details, references to the ideals and initiation rituals of the Masons, to the Portuguese mythological and esoteric traditions.

I’m not a photo person. I have to force myself to take photos. So while writing this post I realized that when I go to Sintra I don’t feel the need to take photos. I couldn’t find any. The way I feel the place can’t be captured in images. Fortunately PHOTOS FOR CLASS provided me with excellent photos. CLICK on the galleries of photos so that you can fully appreciate each photo with attribution.

If you’re curious about these places and/or about Portugal, leave some questions below. We will gladly answer them!

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