Alfama

Some pictures of Alfama, in Lisbon, from my quick weekend trip. Prepare to walk a lot if you want to visit this area of the city. The uphill and narrow cobbled streets make the visit difficult but enjoyable anyway. The best way I found to orient myself was going up all the time. At some points there are miradouros which are perfect for a stop and a coffee. The views from those are breath taking, literally. At the end of the day, when I felt a bit lost, instead of trying google maps on my mobile, I just asked someone for directions. I know it sounds silly, but it was also a way for me to try my almost forgotten Portuguese skills.

Lisbon

25th of April bridge in Lisbon, last Sunday.

I went there for a quick family visit, just for the weekend. I lived almost four years in this area , more than twenty years ago. I have many fond memories of this place, and seeing those old streets again brought them back vividly. The weather was great, sunny, a bit chilly at times, but good enough to walk for hours.  I also took pictures in Alfama, Alcantara and Cascais. I will post some of them shortly.

Olympic Torch

I was fortunate to be quite close to the Olympic torch relay in 2012.

In fact, this was just outside my house in Cambridge!. I took lots of pictures of the event, but only this one grabbed my attention. The torch bearer seemed to look directly at me. The place was crammed of people and it was quite difficult to get a nice place for a better view. The fire looks weird when it is stopped in time, don’t you think?

Ascension Parish Burial Ground

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What a better plan for a Saturday than visiting a cemetery in Cambridge? This one was recommended by a friend, and there we went. I knew little (better said, I knew nothing) about it, but it looks like a lot of famous people are buried here. The list is just impressive. Thanks that the visit was during daylight and I was well accompanied.

Epping forest (2).

As promised and in no particular order, some more Epping Forest pictures. These ones remind me a bit to the ones I took in Wandelbury Park, in Cambridge.I found it hard to actually make pictures with some sense of this place. What I mean is that it is easy to end showing just a mess of trees. I tried to take advantage of the light or some compositional element, like paths on the ground or some trunk based framing. Not sure if I managed in all cases to do it. What do you think?