Articles avec le tag ‘Portugal’

Why travel to europe ?

Europe is a land area which can be viewed either as a continent in its own right or as the western extremity of the Eurasian continent, even as a sub-parts of the super continent of Afro-Eurasia, by location of view. It is sometimes called the « Old Continent », as opposed to the « New World » (America). On the cultural front, Europe has been a multiplicity of influences over the ages, and includes many countries that possess both a common heritage of linguistic, religious and historical and recent contributions from the « New World « and the Afro-Eurasia, particularly in former colonial powers. As such, Europe is a community of peoples, which tends to be politically, with the European Union, in an area of open civilization, forged in part by a millennial history, and secondly by mondialisation Lire la suite de cette entrée »

Elvas in Portugal added to UNESCO World Heritage list

Elvas, small Portuguese city has just been declared a new UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The site, fortified extensively from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century, represents the largest system of defensive walls to dry moat of the world. Within its walls, the city includes large barracks and other military buildings and churches and monasteries. So qu’Elvas retains vestiges dating back to the tenth century, its fortifications date back to the time of the restoration of independence from Portugal in 1640. The fortifications, designed by the Jesuit priest Cosmander, represent the best preserved example in the world of fortifications of the Dutch school. The site also includes Amoreira aqueduct, built to help withstand a long siege.

Keeping the main border between Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, and Madrid, the capital of Spain, the garrison town of Elvas, located in a river landscape, hilly, was fortified from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century to become the greatest defensive system of walls to dry moat of the world, with strong external built on the surrounding hills to meet the changing needs of the war of defense.

The city was supplied with water from the aqueduct of Amoreira, 7 km long, built in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century and an essential element to the fortress to hold a long siege. Within its walls, the city contains a large number of barracks and other buildings at military functions as well as churches and monasteries, some of which have been adapted for military purposes. The property consists of seven elements: the historical center, the aqueduct of Amoreira, the fort of Santa Luzia and covered walkway connecting it to the historical center, the fort of Graça and forts of São Mamede, São Pedro and São Domingos .
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Tourism: Where to find free wifi in Europe

Free wifi coverage was inaugurated in Paris France on Tuesday by the Spanish company GOWEX in forty areas devoted to transportation. In stations, platforms, platforms, square, 66 « hotspots » broadcast « 24H/24 free wireless internet to a megabit per second. » But in terms of the subway, only three underground stations have been entitled.

This is also the case in Europe where the metro stations in European capitals are generally not equipped with terminals offering free wifi to its users, then they are found widely in buses and trains.

While on holiday in Europe, if you do not have a package for international and avoid jumping to the ceiling by receiving your bill, here’s a list of places where you can connect wifi.

– In Spain, the subway does not have wifi but all the public buses of Madrid are equipped with free wireless Internet service, provided by GOWEX and launched in September 2010. Also in the capital, sixty buses serving the surrounding towns are also equipped with free wifi. In Madrid and Barcelona, ​​the tourist double-decker buses are equipped with GOWEX.

– In England, the equipment of several London Underground stations was launched in early June, and should eventually cover some 80 stations. Lire la suite de cette entrée »