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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Again at Freising

September 2013

Once more, photos of this small town in Germany, near Munich Airport. Small but beautiful and with lots of interesting details (some) yet to be discovered.

I always travel with a book - this one with something in common with the hotel's pillow.

"Animal Farm"

Marienplatz

Marienplatz

First bear of the day...

... still in Marienplatz...

.... and second bear!

Obere Hauptstraße

Nice statue


Fürstendamm - awesome "green way"...

... with cute ducks.

Large freight train



Beautiful...



Nice canal and houses


Again at Marienplatz...

... and finally our hotel.

Summer is definitely over in these latitudes - cloudy sky and autumn temperatures. But I will be back soon!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Strolling around Milan

June 2013

Most of you already know my opinion about Milan so I won't insist :-) Exactly one year later there I was again.

Some nice weather and warm temperatures invited me to get out of my room and do the very same circuit. Parco Sempione is really worth it during the summer!

But don't be thinking this an easy life... Just before going to Milan we were awarded with a LIS-BRU-LIS roundtrip.

One photo at Brussels Airport with the tail of our aircraft reflected on the airbridge:


Arriving at night, only in the next day, it was time to visit Milan!

Arco della Pace

Parco Sempione

Beautiful...

Duomo

Again, Duomo...

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Awesome glass dome


And time to go back in Lisbon... at Linate Airport:

Meridiana Fly

Sunny Lisbon :)


Next time I plan to cacth a train to Lago di Como even if I have to make it alone.

Monday, June 3, 2013

VFR flying - Peniche

April 2013

Is there a better way to celebrate the Freedom's day in Portugal (25th april) than to experience the freedom of flying? I think not ;)

This was my second solo flight with the following route: Cascais-Peniche-Cascais.

Reaching Peniche...

Strange but usual propeller effect

Peniche peninsula

Fortress on the left side

Baleal beach - it was quite windy...


Going back to Cascais, abeam Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz aerodrome

Santa Cruz beach

After landing, at Cascais aerodrome... nice tail line-up though it's not my flying school.

CS-AVB

Gestair Flying Academy fleet

Thursday, May 30, 2013

PGA's Fokker 100 and Geneva Airport

May 2013

Another flight from Lisbon to Porto in the good old Fokker 100 with registration CS-TPE.

Boarding @ LIS

Just before the descent, the pilot said we could expect good weather at Porto. Maybe the definition of good weather is a different thing from a pilot's point of view :-)

After arrival @ OPO

And now at the gate waiting for the next flight to Geneva...

Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport

Next day, early morning at Geneva, with our A319 in a remote position:


And looking towards the Alps...

Monday, May 27, 2013

Aerodif - Librairie de l'Aviation

May 2013

It's been a long time since I've been to Geneva the last time, a city that being far from my favorites, I still like it. I find it beautiful, peaceful and a nice place to visit. Many would disagree with me but I'm used to it. In terms of European cities I seem to have a rather different taste.

I love Brussels which many consider grey and unattractive and I also like Helsinki but in this case even the locals react with disbelief when I try to convince them that I'm spending holidays there (forced holidays, I know - but they don't have to know it!). It's not uncommon to hear "Really? Why here!?".

The day started very early and I would be flying LIS-OPO-GVA, the first and short leg being with PGA - Portugália Airlines and its Fokker-100 registered CS-TPC.

@ LIS airport


The second leg was operated by a TAP's A319, a smooth flight during which I tried to read a bit more of my "Flying Training" manual - in preparation for the final PPL practical exam - and after that I slept most of the time.

When I arrived at Geneva I already had plans for that afternoon: search for an aviation library called Aerodif that I came across while surfing on the web.

Aerodif - Librairie de l'Aviation

Located at Rue Lissignol, it wasn't really that hard to find it! I ended up buying two books that I was looking for, for some time (one of them seemed to be sold out everywhere).

Beside selling books, they also have several items for pilots and miniature models for collectors.

Then, with "shopping" completed, it was time to revisit Geneva! The weather was somewhat unstable but only a few drops of rain threatened my stroll.

Flag of Canton of Geneva

Some really dark clouds...

Lac Léman

Pont du Mont-Blanc

Rue du Marché

And now, heading towards the Parc des Bastions.

Rue Henri-Fazy

At Parc des Bastions, let's play some big chess! I'm not a chess player but I find this so funny and unusual, I had to see it again!




Nice green park...


Since next day another early morning was due, time available was not that much so I had to return to the hotel. Inside the bus I managed to take a picture of a building with a green roof - what a great idea :)


A few hours of sleep and I was ready to return to Lisbon...


... and short after take-off, what a great view with the Alps emerging in the background above the layer of clouds!



Geneva, it was nice to meet you again!