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Inside of the city walls, in the old town, this is how the streets look like. Many hundreds (if not thousands) of small shops filled with handcraft and traditional textiles with embroidery and needlework. Restaurants with typical food, snacks and expresso (aka “café” in portuguese) are also as many and as good.

The difference in the price and quality between these and the ones you can find across the river Minho (In Spanish territory) less then a mile away is so big that the streets of Valença have more Spanish than Portuguese people. In fact, the difference is so big that on the other side of the river they don’t even have half of the restaurants and traditional shops as here, and according to the historical records, this is a difference that exists for centuries…

Valença – Portugal

27-07-2012

Canon EOS 550D + 50mm lens + CPL filter
f3.5 opening / 1/125 sec exposure

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Coming from Portugal, established in Sweden since 2010. “I tell what I see, I see what I tell.”

Self tought. I am still learning, I allways will be! Landscapes and nature were, are and allways will be my favourite thing to shoot. Other motifs? Yeah, they will come as well…

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Comments

  • Jamie  Green
    Jamie Greenalmost 2 years ago

    This is excellent Joao

  • Thank you so much for the great compliment and the fave! Very much appreciated for that!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Fara
    Faraalmost 2 years ago

    Another very lovely and inviting image of Valenca Joao………………………Joyce

  • Thanks Joyce! It is a very pleasant place for a summer holiday away from the typical touristic resorts, that I can asure you! Thank you very much for the comment and the fave! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • John44
    John44almost 2 years ago

    Very stong image excellent contrast and clearity

  • Danke John!! It pleases me that you love it! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandalmost 2 years ago

    Like how it draws you in mate.

    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • Thanks Derek! Very much appreciated for that!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williamsalmost 2 years ago

    Must be great exploring all those streets and shops – great one Joao!

  • It is!! Thanks so much for the visit and the compliment Mark!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Paul Pasco
    Paul Pascoalmost 2 years ago

    Very inviting reminder of summer.

  • That is because the photo was taken in the summer! lol Thank you so much for comming and visiting Paul! Much appreciated! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...almost 2 years ago

  • Muito obrigado Tereza!

    – João Figueiredo

  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you very much!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Shehan Fernando
    Shehan Fernandoalmost 2 years ago

    Nice image

  • Cheers Shehan! Much appreciated you took the time to pass by!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchalmost 2 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful, Joao!! Great composition and beautiful color!!!!

  • Thank you Laurie! Allways so nice to me… much appreciated! :)

    – João Figueiredo

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