Tag Archives: January 2021

Walks: ‘Funchal Lido Promenade On Madeira, Portugal’ (4K Video)

The Lido Promenade is a seafront walkway that provides a pedestrian link between the Lido area and Formosa Beach. The entire path affords far-reaching views over the Atlantic.

Funchal is the capital city of Portugal’s Madeira archipelago. It’s backed by hills, and known for its harbor, gardens and Madeira wine cellars. The centuries-old Funchal Cathedral, which mixes Gothic and Romanesque styles, is notable for its carved wooden ceiling. Fronting the harbor is the São Tiago Fortress, built in the 1600s. It now houses the Contemporary Art Museum, with a large collection of Portuguese works. 

Views: ‘Cherry Blossoms’ At The ‘Temple Of Heaven’ In Taipei, Taiwan (Jan 2021)

Cherry blossoms in Taiwan – They blossom in late March to early April, when the weather in the scenic area have shifted from the chilly winter mode to a lovely spring. Among the cities in Taiwan, Taipei is the first to witness the pink of the beauty of the flowers every mid-January and will continue until March.

The 200 meter tall Tian-Yuan Temple, “Temple of Heaven” pagoda, paired with the cherry blossoms that surround it on all sides and on the mountain behind it is what separates this area from all the other sakura viewing spots around the country. The temple has five floors and each floor has a giant shrine dedicated to different Taoist gods. The temple is open year-round but it usually enjoys the most visitors between late February and April when the sakura are in bloom.  

Sunday Morning Podcast: World News From Zurich, London & Bangkok (Jan 31)

The weekend’s biggest discussion topics covered by Monocle’s Tyler Brûlé, Juliet Linley, Eemeli Isoaho and Marcus Schögel, with commentary from our editors in London and Bangkok.

Plus: what’s on the pages of Iceland’s Morgunblaðið newspaper.

Classic Car Roadtrip: 1968 Renault 8 Gordini – Lisbon To Algarve In Portugal

In the late 1960s, Portuguese racing driver Heitor de Moraes took his Renault 8 Gordini from Corsica to Poland, rallying all across Europe. Now, the ocean blue car has found a new owner and a new sportive duty – carrying surfboards in style from Lisbon to the Algarve.

22 January 2021

The year was 1968: six years before the so-called ‘Carnation Revolution’. Life in Portugal at that time could be tough. Not for Heitor de Moraes, though: this was the year he became the first owner of a pretty special blue car. Fast-forward to 2020, and another chapter of the car’s history was written, with its third owner also driving it along the curving roads of southern Portugal. Only this time, with surfboards on the roof.

The car was purchased from Timeless Garage in Lisbon (which had carried out a full restoration) and that’s why the story you see in the pictures starts there. A few days later, after some small mechanical corrections and a surfboard roof rack installation, the real mission began: the blue car hit the curves of the Algarve once again. It quickly became clear that even after more than 50 years, Amédée Gordini’s great engineering talent still shines through.

Read full article in Classic Driver

Walks: ‘Parc Montsouris’ In South Paris (4K Video)

Filmed in January 2021 with Iphone 12 Pro.

The Parc Montsouris covers 15 hectares and is built on top of a labyrinth of former gypsum quarries from the Montrouge mines.

These quarries were made into catacombs at the end of the 18th century and filled with 5-6 million bones from discontinued cemeteries of Paris.

The name of the park is derived from the old name of the area “Moquesouris” translated as “mock mouse”. It was a place of mills which generally attract mice. Later, these mills were abandoned.

The area is also the place of the 13th century legend of the giant Isoire being slain by Guillaume d’Aquitaines.

Walks: ‘Montmartre – Paris In Snow’ (4K Video)

Montmartre is a large hill in Paris’s 18th arrondissement. It is 130 m high and gives its name to the surrounding district, part of the Right Bank in the northern section of the city.

Video timeline: ◄ 00:00​ Metro Lamarck Caulaincourt 02:20​ Place Constantin Pecqueur 04:47​ Rue de l’Abreuvoir 07:24​ Montmartre Vineyard 08:20​ Rue Saint Vincent 10:31​ Rue du Mont Cenis 14:05​ Rue Caustine 22:44​ Goutte d’Or 27:40​ Boulevard Barbès

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Walks In Snow: ‘The Eiffel Tower, Paris’ (4K Video)

Paris Snowfall 2021 – Walking tour Around Eiffel Tower Video filmed on January 16, 2021.

The Eiffel Tower is a wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.