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Where are you from? *

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 6, 2016, 8:02 AM
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*Series of articles, featuring some friends and watchers' hometowns

See the other articles here:

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Glasgow, Scotland Bullet; Orange New Mills, England Bullet; Orange County Clare, Ireland

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Romania Bullet; Orange Aiguebelette-le-lac, France. Bullet; Orange Hampshire, England

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Tawneytown, Maryland and Jacksonville, Florida, USA Bullet; Orange Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Bullet; Orange Bologna, Italy

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Provadia, Bulgaria Bullet; Orange Vienna, Austria Bullet; Orange Prague, Czech Republic

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Pécs, Hungary Bullet; Orange Galanta, Slovakia Bullet; Orange Wisconsin, U.S.A

Bullet; Yellow "Where are you from?" *7 Bullet; Yellow
Deta, Romany Bullet; Orange Buenos Aires, Argentina Bullet; Orange New Hampshire, U.S.A.


Spaz Glomp by thren

Hi there, my friends!

Some years ago I asked "where are you from?"… .  I was curious - I like so much to travel but it's impossible to go everywhere!
The Internet is a wonderful tool to know more and to see more Nod
I posted some articles but I stopped when I reached the 7th - you may find all in the top - now, as TheFavouriteShowcase has this theme on its Monthly Challenge thefavouriteshowcase.deviantar…, I want to organize some more, because it's really fun and I was learning a lot.

If you want to participate and let me know about your village, town or city you may leave a comment with some description and some thumbs or links to your photos or someone else's, or even some external links if you have (or know of) a blog or article concerning where you are from (or where you live).

So, I'm going to start by featuring my hometown!

It's a small town at Portugal's west region, but is a beautiful place with nice people and I'd like to show it to all of you! We are a very commercial town, with many stores and services, including sports centers, swimming pools, schools, 2 universities (one focused on arts), Theatre and Congress Center, museums and a library. We have beautiful beaches close too (10km- Foz do Arelho) and a Lagoon (Lagoa de Óbidos).

 trip02 by selassie

Even closer (5km) we have a a well preserved Medieval Village, Óbidos, known by its Chocolate Festival :P (Lick)

   Let's go to...Obidos by Egil21

Thank you so much for your attention! Thanks for everything!

My Hometown Banner by Egil21


The town owes its name to the thermal spring that was much appreciated by Queen Dona Leonor (wife of King Dom João II) who had the opportunity to confirm the curative properties of these waters when they cured her of a wound that for a long time had not healed, although she had tried various treatments.
As the waters were much in demand at the time by the local people, who bathed in them to cure their ailments, the Queen ordered a hospital to be built so that they could treat themselves in some comfort. Around the hospital a village was formed, which came to be known as "Caldas da Rainha" - "The Queen's Hot Springs".

Lady Leonor by Egil21   Old Alley by Egil21   Sweet Little Kisses by Egil21

The town continued to grow, reaching its heyday in the late 19th and early 20th century, at a time when it was fashionable to take a holiday in a spa resort, and Caldas da Rainha was one of the places chosen by the nobility and aristocracy.
During the Second World War, the town was chosen as a place of refuge by many foreigners fleeing from persecution by the Nazis.

Caldas da Rainha was the birthplace of important figures in Portuguese culture, notably the painter José Malhoa , whose work can be admired in the museum named after him in the Thermal Park (Dom Carlos I Park)

Jose Malhoa Museum by Egil21   D. Carlos I Park by Egil21

Also born here was Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, the 19th century caricaturist, who founded the pottery factories where the popular Caldas' pottery began to be manufactured, of which the best known pieces are those containing characteristics humour.


Caldas da Rainha is also well known from our Ceramics. The erotic "Loiça das Caldas" is an emblem of the town, serves as a humorous decor, although we have many pieces as tableware, and not only erect penises, nude figures and pieces of humor on personal hygiene.

The mugs have penises, poop or frogs inside. This is called "Malandrice"  (trickery, rascality, scoundrelly)
Caldas da Rainha Pottery by Egil21

Recently, however, with the crises all over world, the ceramic sector was overtake and left us with a debilitated industry, here in Caldas.
Our humorous pottery caricature originally presented professions (priests, fishermen, farmers) or social stereotypes in a sarcastic and derogatory manner. Today's figures represent politicians or celebrities, but most popular is undoubtedly the Zé Povinho (John Doe), who serves as the stereotype of the Portuguese people and is used as a symbol of Portugal and the Portuguese people.

But we can't reduce Caldas pottery to phallic or animal shapes. We are talking about an activity which has been documented since 1488, when it settled the village around the thermal hospital built by Queen Leonor.
The tableware has two different formats:  contemporary dishes, with lines and simple design for everyday use and naturalist, representing lettuce, fish, fruit, sausages, etc…

Caldas Pottery by Egil21
Zé Povinho, the Priest and the Nanny, by  Rafael Boldalo Pinheiro

Glassed Sky by Egil21   Chafariz das 5 Bicas by Egil21

Water Garden by Egil21   Nossa Sra. do Populo Church by Egil21

More from Caldas, found on deviantART

  Welcome Home by jpgmn
  artemis corner by edgarliborio  Exterior by rifas  Old Building II by Varcolaci
  Parque Calda da Rainha Noite by catarinamzfernandes Questions by filiipz Caldas by Lillith31
  Forest of Fear I by Daniel1014 Caldas da Rainha by AnaVarela Sunset In the Forest by devilshark
   Caldas da Rainha by purpplechoc Caldas Da Rainha by cyclop SardasDasCaldas by KOREEE
   Looking Up by devilshark Cookie? by devilshark
   Ashamed Saint by NaLua Parque D. Carlos I by edgarliborio Statue IV by Varcolaci
  casa da fruta. by the-dreaming-tree Wall art by mistergambit Caldas Late Night II by devilshark
  Caldas Late Night I by devilshark Caldas da Rainha by JoseSantos94 Carrinha na linha by Vrune
   Bordalo ART III by gusKOSTA Pillow Fight by JohnExperience bohemian like you by thespiritcarrieson
Curve by devilshark Caldas by Lillith31 Danger by devilshark
Classic Fairytales by passivepet The Snow... by adolfoferreira Caldas da Rainha by mistergambit
Caldas da Rainha II by mistergambit to have and to hold by 4sure  esad - design college3 by jeffcruzzz Tunnel by renbmx
Caldas da Rainha by black-tie Porque ela nao sabia voar.. by catarinamzfernandes pain by Soares92
Watching the Mercedes by pjcsoares take a sit by edgarliborio Caldas da Rainha by Funchalinho
Caldas da Rainha by DarknessMuse Water Garden by Jikul
DSC02659 by Nexaa21 I wish that... by AnaVarela Santa and Wife by Daniel1014 O Menino e o Veado by Kinhas
OZZY CHAZ ROCK by UIU Yellow Boat by Souvenirs the anti-tupperware team by Pippa-pppx
the day after by FlyingPenguin2000 the road to home by thespiritcarrieson City Panorama by Daniel1014
Pombas brancas by RuiVieira pray by thespiritcarrieson little angels by thespiritcarrieson
Stardust by devilshark way to rest by oneartbeat 3D by Pippa-pppx
Naufrago by L1belinha Double CP UDD 0450 at C.R. by Comboio-Bolt love is peace by thespiritcarrieson
tea time by thespiritcarrieson City by sonasol Statues by Varcolaci Behind Closed Doors by filiipz
MDCCL by mariofilipelopes Sukii by Hwole Escape by Wassup-online
- 88 - by indis-anarion urban art by thespiritcarrieson DSC01134 by Nexaa21
Graffiti 2 by Boias way to rest by oneartbeat pink facade 1920s by Pippa-pppx
 colour boats by MSTomaz DSC01106_ by Nexaa21 Urban desolation by ruivazribeiro
 Whats Whitin? by catarinamzfernandes Old Building I by Varcolaci
  Out the Window... by AnaVarela Just a.. by whispers-of-death Waiting by naat-naat
 yndustrial by edgarliborio hairy gargoyle grins by Pippa-pppx little mushrooms by thespiritcarrieson Caldas 2 by mistergambit
 breaker by sweetchaostheory 647 by catarinamzfernandes Train by JoseSantos94
 Bubble Bath Horror by LeylaTimur Fatty crskt by KOREEE
 I searched you... by thespiritcarrieson .:too shy:. by Varcolaci
 dreams in color by edgarliborio

Caldas da Rainha Caldas da Rainha - Miasto pełne życzliwości i płytek ceramicznych.
Tak można by ująć to miejsce.
Pierwszy raz jestem w Portugali, więc nie wiem, czy to faktyczna cecha tego kraju, czy tylko okolic Caldas. Ludzie tutaj, są wiecznie weseli i uśmiechnięci, witają się z każdym i emanują życzliwością.  Może i jest to małe miasto, ale i tak zadziwia fakt jak wielu z nich zna się miedzy sobą. Przechodząc ulicą można spostrzec jak witają się w sklepach czy restauracjach, albo trąbią na znajomych z samochodów by się zeń przywitać.
Mimo  trudności z językiem, mogę się z łatwością dogadać – niekiedy nawet łatwiej i przyjemniej niż we własnym kraju! Sprzedawcy chętnie pomagają, ale nie są natrętni, tak jak to bywa w Polsce.

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Welcome to The Favourite Showcase

Oh, a new group, that's so great! :sarcasm: Don't you know there are a million groups on DA?

:nod: Yes, I know, but this is different.

:O_o: ORLY???

:lol: First of all I want to say this will be a cheerful and colourful group. And now I'll explain the reason I'm here, making a new baby group:

People visit my gallery and collect my favourites...yes, you read it right, and this is usual - to collect one's favourites, sometimes I do that too - but I'm going to rephrase it:

People visit my gallery and collect a entire folder of favourites! My favourites, my folder, my collection! :O

For me this is odd! I asked my friends what they think about that and though they also though it's odd and funny, they said: "you have wonderful taste, you have eye for beauty, your collections are awesome!"


For me is just odd. Why would someone want to have my entire collection? Lack of time to collect themselves?
Anyway, this together with some group experience, where people keep asking "why wasn't my work accepted?" and when I answer saying that it wasn't a technical issue it was just decided according my personal taste, they answer me back: "oh, then you should have abilities to judge, you should be trained as art critic if you want to evaluate one's work!" and on, and on...
Should I? Should I go study? But I never do critiques, I never evaluate one's work! It's just what I like and what I don't like...

So, this is the result:
A group where you can submit your work, which will be a super group soon, so I can feature you, and do some polls, because I want to give prizes to the best.
Your art deserves to be properly seen! Your work and creativity deserve attention!

:icondivaplz: Welcome to the most beautiful gallery of favourites:

Spread the Love by kitsuneshinThe Showcase!
:icontransparentplz:Elsa, Egil21


Welcome DeviantART Logo by Th3EmOo :iconthefavouriteshowcase:

:bulletblue: There are a million groups on DA. Why is this different?
Actually it isn't different. It's a place to show your art.
But we're not just hanging your works at our gallery walls! We intend to make people see them ;)

:bulletblue: Who can submit to this group ? Anyone can. The ART FOR SALE folder, The Invisible folder and the Non-members Work Folder are open to all deviants and all to dA art (except literature).
But if you want to submit more you have to be a member. Members have other benefits - submit their work every day, enter the polls and contests, be part of the blogs and journals, be featured by other groups, and being constantly promoted :D

:bulletblue: I'm not a member of this group, but I'm an affiliate member. Can I submit to the Monthly Challenge?
Yes, you can submit (once a month/ 1 per challenge).
But I'd love to have you as a member :) As member you may submit twice!


:bulletblue: How do you select the works?
Easily: either we like them or we don't (they'll be voted).
Please, don't ask us why wasn't your work accepted. Just submit another!
We are not art critics, here you won't get a tip how to evolve: we are a feature group, we feature any kind of work, but you must understand that we feature mostly the works which appeal to us.
If your work was declined there are only 3 reasons:
:bulletred: the most usual is that you have submitted twice the same work and when it's accepted to one folder it can't be accepted again (please check if that was the case - if your work is already in our group our icon will be displayed at your deviation);
:bulletred: you have submitted to the wrong folder (if you don't look to where you submit your work goes to our first folder, which is the Journal folder. Sometimes I accept it and then move to the correct folder, but this is more work for me, as you can understand.
If your work get declined for being submitted in the wrong folder you have the possibility, on the same day, to submit again, actually to plenty of folders because we don't have a global limit :)
So, don't bother to ask why it is declined and submit again!);

:bulletred: the 3rd and last reason:
Again don't bother to ask, as referred many times, we are not critics, it could be because we think it is not suitable for the group or just because it's really a poor composition (also, the dA watermark on your work is probably a cause for declining - use your own but don't choose an obstructive logo or mark).
Anyway, you won't learn anything from us because we don't have the skills to evaluate nor pretend to have.
You can always submit the same piece again, if there are different people voting, maybe it get in.

:bulletblue: What kind of works will you accept?
All visual arts, but mainly Photography and Traditional Art.
Personally, I like colourful, vibrant works. Usually, I don't like conceptual photography and truly dislike photos of your face (you know, those taken with your webcam and that you use on Facebook and MySpace :doh: ) or other body parts, especially private body parts.
We have a Contributors team voting your works, they have their own tastes and they are instructed to vote according their likes.
A work will be never declined because it was submitted to the wrong category (I'll move it once it's accepted) though I appreciate very much that you take a second to submit to the most suitable folder.
Take a look to Nessarie's tutorial "How to Submit to a Group"… if you have doubts.

:bulletblue: What about Mature Content?
It depends on the content: if we are talking about artistic nudes, I don't find any problem with that. The nude form is classic, personally I don't find anything shocking on a nude body. However, as said before, I truly dislike photos exposing private body parts and I won't accept them on the gallery.
If we are talking about pornographic, gore or violent works, then they won't be accepted, as neither will be accepted racism or religion fanaticism in any form.

:bulletblue: Is there a limit for submissions?
Yes, you may submit 1 work per day to most folders (with some exceptions like the Invisible Folder or The ART FOR SALE Folder, where you may submit just once a week).

:bulletblue: Ok, I understand you want to expose art and artists, but how will you do that?
This is a super group, so we'll be doing features.
We'll be asking to groups and deviants to do features or to promote our features.
Personally, I want to involve as many people as I can - exposure is the main idea.

We'll be having challenges, contests, many activities which I hope will contribute to expose your art.

:bulletblue: Challenges and contests? So there will be prizes?
Yes, we have an annual contest but along all year you may submit to our Thematic Folder to win some points (but here the main prize is the various features where your work is showcased).

:bulletblue: Wait, there is a Monthly Theme? So, is this a contest? There will be a theme then?
No, this isn't a contest. There is a theme every month but you can submit any visual art, old or new. .
All members can submit to the Monthly Theme folder, once per week.
There will be polls while there are members wanting to enter. Each poll has 10 slots.
Mind the dates please.
On the 25th every month, we'll have the Final Voting on that period - the most voted 20 works/members of all polls are here to be voted and the most voted then wins the prize (so every vote will count!). The Final Voting is open until the end of that month and it's a blog were every deviant may vote - please go to the Monthly Theme Folder to read all about this voting process.

You will be chosen by your fellow deviants. You may ask for votes from your watchers and friends - this is a game for exposure, not a contest, so if many people see the works on the poll, everyone is going to get that exposure.
Even if you win, you may submit again in the next period.
You think the polls aren't fair?
Read this blog thefavouriteshowcase.deviantar… please.

:bulletblue: I've entered the poll, my work was seen! :boogie: Now I'm going to remove it from the group!
Of course you are allowed to remove your work from the group...but if you are entering the poll be aware that even if your work is the most voted you won't be able to win the prize. You can always remove your work after that poll period, but remember, once removed it won't be accepted again (of course, if you didn't remove your work on propose, if it was a mistake, you can always talk to me and your work will be accepted again).

:bulletblue: How do I know if I win? You are going to warn me, right?
Wrong. I'll give you your prize if you acknowledge that you've won. I'll never warn the winners, I'll write the blog announcing them. You have to read the blogs, sorry.

:bulletblue: I'm on the poll but I want to leave the group. Can I?
Of course, you are free to do whatever you want. Be aware that when you leave your work leaves with you and it will be deleted from the poll and the Poll Folder.

:bulletblue: Ok fine, you have a Poll System to expose works. And what do you do more?
All our Contributors do their own features, but we also have features within the group: there are 2 regular features, the "12 per Day Feature Blog" (featuring all members) and the "Twenty Under Twenty Blog" featuring (all deviants, not just members) works under 20 faves.
You may find these features here:
12 per Day Feature: thefavouriteshowcase.deviantar…
Twenty Under Twenty: thefavouriteshowcase.deviantar…
:new: You are the Star! thefavouriteshowcase.deviantar…
:new: Feature my work thefavouriteshowcase.deviantar…
All Journals/News Articles featuring our group: thefavouriteshowcase.deviantar…

:bulletblue: I have my work featured and I have participated in challenges and contests. Now I want to leave the group.
OK, I can't stop you. But I was expecting that you'd stay with us and help to promote the group. Just be aware that on this terms I can't let you come back for this next year :( With you leaving, also your submitted pieces will leave. We are a feature club, we want to give exposure to our members - we feel it's fair that if you go, so does your work.

:bulletblue: I found out I was BLOCKED from the group. WHY?
It's a way of management, and there are 2 reasons to do so:
1. If I requested your work or if I invited you to join the group and you declined then I block you (for one year) so I won't bother you again asking.
2. If you were a member with works submitted and leave the group without any apparent reason or joined the group just to enter the contest/challenge and leave after, then your works are moved to the "non-members" works folder and you are blocked for one year.
We are a feature group, we feature our members, so we expect to be supported by them.
All deviants are free to join (all join requests are accepted) and to leave any time, but, as an organized group, we are also free to take some measures to protect those who work hard to showcase the work of others.

:bulletblue: Do you accept contributors?
Yes. I'll accept Contributors to the following categories:
General Photography;
Nature Photography;
Traditional Art;
and Digital Art.
Note me if you want to apply ;P All you have to do is regular features for our members.

Contributors will feature the group members. I need a feature once a month from all contributors. Do you want to join?

:bulletblue: I don't want to be a member. Can I just :+devwatch:?
:) Of course you can, and I really appreciate that.

:bulletblue: I'm a member, now!:dance: But I didn't finished my work...I have a WIP though, can I submit it?
No, don't bother. Finish your work, then submit it.

:bulletblue: I love to collect :+fav:s and I know lovely artists. As I am a member I can submit works for them, can't I?
No, you can submit your own works.
However, we have a Favourite Gallery :star: You may submit your faves there.
And now we have a specific folder for features! :boogie: Take a look, do some features yourself! :omg: And we'll feature your feature! thefavouriteshowcase.deviantar…

:bulletblue: I'm an artist and I want to show my art - but I'm scared - there are art thieves out there. So I upload my work in very small sizes and I use watermarks all over it! Still, I can submit to this group, can't I?
If your work is small and watermarked, how can we enjoy it? Of course, you can always submit - if we decline it, you already know why - it's because we can't see your work.:unimpressed:

:bulletblue: I hate to have a lot of deviations in my inbox. How many submissions will you accept per day?
:hmm: We try not to accept many, we don't want to bother you with lots of works because we know you'll not have the time to see them all.

:bulletblue: Again, I hate to have a lot of deviations in my inbox. I can always turn off my :+devwatch:, right?
Right, :( but we'd be very sad.

:bulletblue: I like to write and I have some ideas. Would you let me writing a blog?
Of course. All Members can write on the blog.

:bulletblue: I'd like to help with the features, to help expose all of us. What can I do?
Well, I thank you so much. This is very important! :thanks: All deviants can do features. Go to our gallery and choose some works you like the most. Copy the thumbs to your journal and announce you're featuring the works of TheFavouriteShowcase members. Please let me know you are doing the feature. I'll announce it right away and I'll be personally :+fav:ing your featured and also :+fav:ing it into the group. It will be added to our folder "Journals - Featuring our Members" thefavouriteshowcase.deviantar… ;)

:bulletblue: But I'm not a Premium Member, can I help anyway?
Yes, of course you can. Now you can write journals/news articles too, using the thumbs :nod:
Also, you can use our icon proudly (:icon thefavouriteshowcase: - no spaces) and write on your journal that this is the place to find marvellous faves! :lol:

Questions are very welcome - you can always talk to me :highfive:

Elsa, Egil21

Important Info - all links

      :bulletpurple: Members only :bulletgreen: For All

:bulletgreen: Twenty under Twenty Features thefavouriteshowcase.deviantar…

:bulletpurple: Thematic Folder - every month a theme and the opportunity to win a prize thefavouriteshowcase.deviantar…

:bulletpurple: "FEATURE MY WORK" Blogs thefavouriteshowcase.deviantar…

:bulletgreen: Favourites Gallery thefavouriteshowcase.deviantar…

:bulletpurple: You Are the Star! (you may submit here 5 of your works to be featured in our exclusive blogs and you will be the only one featured, really our star!) thefavouriteshowcase.deviantar…

:bulletgreen: ART FOR SALE thefavouriteshowcase.deviantar…
Showcase the pieces you want to sell!

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Cold-Tommy-Gin Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for accepting my work here Hug
GiovanniChis Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is still anyone there???
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GiovanniChis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for accepting me in your group!
Magdalena888 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for invitation ! :) :) 
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Thank you very much for the request :)
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