quinta-feira, 29 de janeiro de 2015

My Current Travel Playlist

What's the worst part of travelling? The waiting! From flight delays to long road trips, music is the travellers' best friend. So here's my top 15 songs to listen while travelling (or anywhere, really).

Inês Tavares

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quarta-feira, 14 de janeiro de 2015

Casa da Música (House of Music) | Porto, Portugal

Casa da Música is a concert hall space in Oporto which was designed by the dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. It was inaugurated in April 2005 and cost around 100 million euros. 
It is a very unusual building from it's "curtain" shaped windows to the gold leaf wood grain pattern in the larger auditorium (it has two auditoriums one smaller than the other and a rooftop restaurant). 
Its design is acclaimed worldwide and compared to buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain by Frank Gehry, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Berliner Philharmonie in Berlin, Germany. It was considered by the architecture critic of the "New York Times" as "one of the most important concert halls built in the last 100 years".

As seen in the last picture, the floor on the outside is very irregular and is often used by skateboarders to perform their tricks.

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domingo, 4 de janeiro de 2015

Food | Capa Negra serves the best Francesinha in Town | Porto, Portugal

Me and my family went to Oporto mainly to eat a "francesinha" because my mom and sister had never had one. A "francesinha" is a traditional sandwich from Oporto and was awarded best sandwich in the world last year - reason enough to visit this amazing city! So the first thing we did when we arrived there was to ask around where could we eat the best "francesinha" in town, and the answer was always the same - Capa Negra - and then they all added "but its too far to walk there". Turns out it wasn't that far and we were able to get there in about 40 minutes enjoying the views (it's true what they say - the best way to get to know a place is walking). 
The light was against me that day (literally) this is the reataurant we visited, with a very funny looking gentleman right in the middle of my picture, who I should have thanked for making this picture a whole lot more interesting.
Taste and portion size, Capa Negra didn't disappoint. I don't know if it's indeed the best "francesinha" in town, but it was for sure the best "francesinha" of my life!

Inês Tavares

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