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May 18, 2024

Barcelona & Malpensa Airport, February 2024

Just a quick post to show a couple of photos I took in Barcelona, last February: the Sagrada Família seen from my hotel and a nice close-up of Torre Glòries at night, located in the Poblenou neighbourhood.

Before going to Barcelona, and part of the same flight pairing, we did a turnaround flight to Milan - Malpensa:

May 16, 2024

Copenhagen & Funchal, May 2024

This month I was two times in Funchal and one in Copenhagen. 


Trains and tracks always draw my attention.


I'm also a fan of Niemeyer's work and his world of curved lines. The iconic casino in Funchal is a clear example of that.

May 12, 2024

Brussels, May 2024: Jeanneke Pis

Brussels was the first city I was able to visit while on a layover since I started my aviation career in 2007. And since that time it has always been a favorite of mine. Operations for Brussels Airlines out of Brussels to Africa destinations were very common in my ACMI days.

I think Brussels has so much to offer to a visitor: nice architecture and museums, beer, waffles and chocolate, moules-frites, places to have fun by night, etc...

Comics Art Museum

I started my rest day in Brussels with a visit to the Comics Art Museum which has been on my Brussels to-do list for such a long time! Of course you can't escape from Tintin and its creator Hergé.

I was very surprised to find a comic strip on display about the big 1755 earthquake in my hometown - Lisbon:

The ticket for an adult has a cost of 13 € - a little bit expensive in my opinion - but all in all it was a good way to spend some time.

Jeanneke Pis

On this layover I was able to finally spot the famous Jeanneke Pis statue/fountain. Usually the focus is put on the Manneken Pis statue which I had already seen plenty of times. Maybe because Jeanneke Pis is placed in a dead end street it doesn't get much attention as its counterpart.

However, that dead end street is also where you can find a very famous beer bar in Brussels: the Delirium Café.

Central Brussels

Next couple of photos show the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula and also the Galerie de la Reine part of the Royal Saint-Hubert Galleries complex.

And finally a photo taken at the iconic Grand-Place (which was overcrowded because it was the Ascension public holiday) and another one of the tower of the Town Hall seen from distance.

I don't know why but I am usually blessed with good weather and blue skies in Brussels. Of course I ate one gaufre au chocolat and by the end of the day I felt good with another pleasurable stay in Brussels. Looking forward to coming back again.

April 30, 2024

San Francisco, March 2023: San Jose & Sentinel Bldg

This was one of my two awesome layovers in San Francisco in 2023. This time I was able to get a crew willing to visit the Yosemite Park but I will leave that report for later.
On the day we arrived we decided to go to a rooftop for a drink and stay awake as long as we could since the time difference is -8h.

Charmaine's Rooftop


On our way back from Yosemite, me and a colleague decided to see the Apple Park and stop in San Jose for a short visit before we returned our car in San Francisco.

There wasn't much we could see at the Apple Park site since we didn't have an appointment for a visit but the building itself is really impressive.

City of San José

We stopped in San Jose out of curiosity but after our short visit I was thinking the city hasn't much to offer for a tourist. Here are the main highlights:

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph

Sonic Runway

City Hall

We had dinner there (we went for Ramen) and we got back in San Francisco.

San Francisco

Next day I was all by myself and I went to explore SF a little bit more. The Sentinel Building (or Columbus Tower) was something I wanted to see and photograph.

Sentinel Building

Down below the sister cities of SF and a TWA metal poster I bought at the Pier 39.

And the last day of my layover was already the return day to Lisbon. I went to the Ferry Building Marketplace. But first, a couple of photos on my way...

And finally inside the marketplace:

The last set of photos I took show the SF-Oakland Bay bridge and some kind of street art. I was also lucky to get a cargo MD-11 overflying it.

Despite its miserable longitudinal stability that caused some accidents, the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 is always a beautiful and gracious aircraft to see.

April 28, 2024

New York, January 2022: Manhattan

When I decided to move back to the narrow-body fleet I had this thought: of all intercontinental destinations I just need New York to be happy!  And I still have it flying the A321LR. These photos are still from the years when I belonged exclusively to the wide-body fleet. Almost every time I'm in New York I'll walk so many kilometers on foot and I won't ever get tired of doing it. Even if it's winter and freezing cold, like this time!

Newark Airport

Airbus A330-900

Newark Liberty & Manhattan view

Spirit Airlines

1700 Broadway

Central Park

I love to roam over the Central Park any time of the year. And I absolutely love that low winter light.


Rockefeller's ice rink


April 26, 2024

Flying Transbrasil: Maceió-Aracaju-Salvador

This is a footage of a flight I did with Transbrasil in the early nineties:

  1. Our Boeing 737-300 PT-TER (non-standard livery because of its bottom bare metal fuselage) can be seen on the tarmac from the old Maceió terminal;
  2. Take-off from Maceió and approach to Aracaju;
  3. Approach to Salvador.

April 25, 2024

London, March 2011: Canary Wharf

In 2010, after spending a few days there, London became my favorite european city and a place where I'll always be happy to return to.

One year later I took a friend with me for a nice layover there and we decided to visit the east part of the city, including Canary Wharf and the London City Airport.

Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf is part of London's central business district with modern architecture buildings.

I don't have photos of our visit to LCY Airport but some years later there was a short period of time when the airline I work for used to fly to it using the smaller aircraft of our regional fleet.

Thames Cruise

After spending the day in the east side of London we decided to return on an upstream boat trip on the river Thames.

Tower of London

Big Ben

We reached our destination near the Big Ben. London Eye was lit in blue color and the moon was full.

Then it was time to return to the Heathrow airport area on the west side where our hotel was located and get ready for another early wake-up.