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Friday Feature Photo: The Human Pyramids of Spain

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: September 16, 2006 Location: Terrassa, Spain About: One of the most astounding cultural events one can see in Spain, is the castell of Catalunya. A castell is a human tower traditionally constructed in festivals; which translates to “often, as festivals are as ubiquitous in Spain as jamon. During these festivals, teams compete against one […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Lush Green Landscape of Portugal

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: October 16, 2014 Location: Douro, Portugal About: Lush, green, gorgeous – these three words have described northern Portugal over and over again. It’s a land rich in moss, wild mushrooms and vines. It’s no wonder that wine here is called “Vinho Verde” (green wine). Desktop Wallpaper: To download this […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Setting Sun Over Portugal

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: November 29, 2014 Location: Figueira da Foz, Portugal About: As legend has it, Figueira da Foz is named after a fig tree which stood at the quay of Salmanha where the fisherman used to dock their boats; while Figueira derived from the word “fagaria”, which means “opening, huge mouth”. Regardless […]

Friday Feature Photo: Centuries-Old Quinta do Noval

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: February 15, 2011 Location: Porto, Portugal About: Century old bottles of Quinta do Noval collect layers of dust, waiting for that one singular moment when they can sing their story. Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image and select “save link as” or “save target […]

Friday Feature Photo: Christmas in Cabo do Roca

Photographer: Ana Arpa Capture Date:  December 10, 2006 Location: Cabo do Roca, Portugal About: This photo was taken over the holidays near Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca), the westernmost point of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. It also happens to serve up some of the most delicious grilled fish in Portugal! Not a bad way to feast over Christmas! Desktop […]

Friday Feature Photo: Gripping Tannins

Photographer: Albertina Torres Capture Date: October 12, 2013 Location: Caudete de las Fuentes, DO Utiel-Requena (Valencia-Spain) About: Albeit the odd “duck” of the grape family, the flesh and juice as well as the skin of Alicante Bouchet is dark red, teetering on black. These Teinturier variety grapes also include the Georgian grape, Saperavi - a […]

Friday Feature Photo: Sunset over Serra da Estrela, Portugal

Photographer: Nuno Lemos Capture Date: December 21, 2013 Location: Serra da Estrela, Portugal About: Located in central Portugal, this gorgeous unspoiled area is a protected National Park filled with rushing rivers, deep ravines and enough wildlife to keep your binoculars at the ready. That said, if you’re a cheese lover, consider packing up […]