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Ruin and almond tree - Pera, Portugal

Ruin and almond tree - Pera, Portugal (this is how an image bigger than the page area looks - it's automatically scaled to fit)

The purpose of this website is to show you live how my free WordPress themes look and feel. I illustrated some elements your website may contain, so you know what to expect when you make a list, when you upload a picture or when you publish comments from your readers.

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This is an unordered list which will make a perfect dinner:

  • Free range chicken (also known as Frango do Campo)
  • Potatoes (batatas)
  • Pumpkin
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • A big baking tray
  • An oven to roast all the above

This is an ordered list that illustrates a perfect day:

  1. Morning coffee on the deck
  2. Breakfast
  3. Walk on the beach
  4. Lunch
  5. Your favorite activity
  6. Dinner
  7. Good movie
  8. Mosquito-less sleep

Let’s seeĀ  how images look:

Almond blossoms

Almond blossoms in Pera, Portugal, January 2012

If you go to Southern Portugal in January, you’ll have the pleasure to see all almond trees blossoming. There are no leaves on their branches yet, only the beautiful pink flowers which make such an awesome contrast with the blue sky. The temperature varies between 15 and 25 degrees C, perfect for long walks on the beach.
The ocean is still too cold to swim, however there might be daring people who dive in to refresh themselves after running on the sand. Diving in cold water is good for your health… or may be not, I’m not sure.

Fishermen and seagulls on Grande Praia, Pera, Portugal

Fishermen and seagulls on Grande Praia, Pera, Portugal

There will be fishermen with their boats on the beach, going to work every morning, coming back home every evening, with their boats full of fish. Seagulls are everywhere, they believe in God and in the fish that might fall off the fishing nets.
If you live by the beach, you won’t miss exercise.
If you happen to have a dog, take it with you and run together from one end of the beach to the other. You’ll be fit and your dog will be happy. Winter can be very good if you know where to go and live it. Try to spend one winter in Portugal and you’ll understand.

Now let’s see how a photo gallery looks like:

Portugal, mon amour…

Sunset at Praia Grande - Pera, Portugal

Sunset at Praia Grande - Pera, Portugal

The above photo was taken in the natural reserve nearby Praia Grande de Pera. If you visit Algarve, you must go see Praia Grande and the surroundings. The landscape is amazing, there are lots of small animals (rabbits and some little rodents), birds and goat herders with their goats. One could say:

This is the life! No stress, no rush, no cars, nothing but the sea, the dunes and the wildlife.

… and the photographer, of course. How else could I get this amazing sunset photo to put it on my demo site?

The cat who lives in Guia

One of the cats of Portugal

One of the cats of Portugal

There are three types of countries: cat countries, dog countries and animal-free countries. Turkey is a cat country. Greece is a cat country. Bulgaria is a cat country. Austria, Germany, Switzerland are all animal-free countries. Romania is a dog country. In Portugal there were both cats and dogs, so I’m not sure if it’s a cat or a dog country. Who cares, anyway? I took the above photo in Guia, a small town in Algarve. I’ve got more cat photos from Portugal, but I’m going to publish them on my travel blog. Remember, this website is only a demo so you can decide if you want to use my free WordPress themes or not.

The Retezat Natural Park in Romania, Europe

I love the colours in this picture

I love the colours in this picture

How close can you get to a restless butterfly?

How close can you get to a restless butterfly?

Nature photography is one of my favourite things to do. I love to travel, I love mountains and most of the time I have my little camera with me, so no flower and very few butterflies escape my photography passion. The above photos were taken in the Retezat Natural Park in Romania. It is a place to visit, if you ever go there, but you have to keep in mind that there are not so many places where you can sleep, so bringing a tent would be a good idea. Moreover, make sure you are fit, because mountain trails between camping sites are long and not very easy.

How to photograph flowers when you don’t have a fancy camera

This photo was taken with an Olympus point-and-shoot camera

This photo was taken with an Olympus point-and-shoot camera

When you photograph flowers you want to be as close as you can to the subject. Use the “macro” setting on your camera and do not zoom in. I usually take lots of photos to get a good one. That’s because when you are very close, focusing becomes very hard to do: the lens will focus on anything else but the thing you want (this happens to me most of the time). It is true that I’m no photographer and I don’t have a DSLR. This article is only part of my demo website I built to show you my WordPress themes.