Description The Plaza Mayor is a pedestrian-only zone, and it is a large open space carved out in the center of the old part of Salamanca. Along its perimeter are shops, cafes, bars and restaurants with outside terraces for eating and drinking. All of the streets that lead to it (they branch out from it on all sides) are also pedestrian-only. The square is bustling with life at almost every hour of the day and night. It is a beautiful place and therefore inviting. The most popular meeting spot in Salamanca is 'Debajo del reloj' (under the clock) located at one end of the square because it is probably convenient to wherever one is going to go. Many groups of young people congregate and sit on the cobblestones to wait or engage in conversation. The Plaza is cleaned every night by the city but very little litter is left during the day. People come to the Plaza to shop, eat, drink, meet people, socialize, people watch, study (Salamanca is Spain's 'college town'), take a stroll and many other reasons.(http://www.pps.org/great_public_spaces/one?public_place_id=666)
Joao Fialho, Vendas Novas, Portugal, UE Member Since January 2010 Artist Statement My name is João Fialho and I live in Vendas Novas, Portugal, U.E. You can contact me through the email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I spend some of my time (hollidays, weekends, ...) taking photographs of Portugal and Spain. I'm primarily an urban photographer, but i also take night photos and nature, landscape, seascape photos. I prefer panoramics.
I use Photoshop LightRoom to handle my photos, and do some manipulation. In a few cases (HDR), i also use Photomatix.
You can see some of my other photos here: http://joao-fialho.blogspot.com