The city of Braga is Portugal’s seventh largest by population and a hub for the northern region, home to the University of Minho and the oldest Archdiocese in the country (hence the large Baroque churches). Located about 60km northeast of Porto, it’s an ancient city with Celtic origins and was once a major Galician city during the Roman Empire.
I visited Braga for the first time a year ago when we took our couchsurfer sightseeing, a day trip that included Guimarães. We didn’t arrive in Braga until late in the afternoon, the timing of which sent me scurrying around town trying to capture whatever I could before it got too dark to photograph.
See more photos of that day in the album.
October 19, 2014
Album: Guimarães + Braga, Portugal
Porto is giraffe country, thanks to local street artists GODMESS and Chei Krew. C’mon, who doesn’t love giraffes? You will see them popping up in the most unlikely of places here, brightening up drab city walls and lighting up people’s faces once they spot the giraffes.
I usually take photos of street art with my phone and post them to Instagram. For more Porto street art taken with my DSLRs, check out my Pinterest board.
October 11, 2014
Album: Portugal [Autumn 2014]
Yllana’s “The Gagfather”
Some of my favourite event photos of 2014 included the Galician theatre company Sobre Rodas performing at Festival Internacional de Teatro Cómico da Maia performing outdoors. This year I wasn’t quite so lucky: the main event tonight — a Madrid theatre company named Yllana — was indoors. I couldn’t walk around with the camera, the lighting was tricky, and our seats weren’t all that close. Instead of photos of them dressed as monsters and gangsters staging outrageous scenarios in their “Gagfather” show, I only have very tame photos of them during their bow and exit. It’s a shame, because Yllan’s show was hyper-physical comedy, with plenty of audience participation and bawdy references to every bodily fluid there is (but not at the same time!). It wasn’t all potty humour, but you’ll have to take my word for it.
Yllana’s “The Gagfather”
I have more photos of the opening act, which was outdoors: Trupe Manducare of Teatro em Caixa (“Theatre in a Box”) from Portugal. The main character’s Portuguese monologue was far too fast for me to follow along, but they drew a large crowd and kept everyone entertained with just a couple of instruments and storytelling Portugal’s early history in an engaging way.
Festival Internacional de Teatro Cómico da Maia 2015 (20th Edition)
October 2-11, 2015
Fórum da Maia
You can find more photos from today’s shows in the album.
October 6, 2015
Album: Festival Internacional de Teatro Cómico da Maia 2015