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Cascais (2)

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Two pictures with birds on them from my Lisbon trip, a few weeks ago.¬†Going to the beach in December is great but it wasn’t my intention to have a swim, so I just enjoyed playing in the sand with my daughter and stalking seagulls, like the ones shown in the first picture. This was taken in one of the small beaches in Cascais. Speaking of birds, that peacock from the second picture was even more elusive than this one. So there he is, standing between the rows of plants in that garden, keeping an eye on me. All the time… The garden, with a small zoo, ¬†surrounds the Condes de Castro Guimar√£es museum.

Warwick castle

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Happy new year everyone!. Here is my first post of 2014!

Last weekend I went to Warwick castle. In a day that was cold, but sunny, I did one of the things I most like to do: visit a place, and return home with lots of pictures. This occasion was in this great castle, two hours from Cambridge. The towers are really tall, and the rooms are full of great colours and details. I climbed the biggest tower in the castle to capture this sunset. My sigma 17-70 is quite lens flare resistant, but not in this case. Still, I like how the picture ended after my processing efforts.

This place reminded me a bit to Leeds castle, although that one was a bit darker, a bit less children friendly, I think. Almost eerie. Maybe it was the weather, instead a grey day this time the light was much better. Also, the Christmas theme helped a bit. We stayed there until the closing hours. I think I was one of the last visitors that left the castle that day.

Alfama (2)

As I said, you need to walk a lot if visiting Lisbon. You can do a stop in some terraces called miradouros, and rest a bit. The views, if the weather is good and the air clear, are amazing. The first picture was taken from Igreja de Graça. There is a small coffee there, and waiting for the sunset is a really nice plan to end the day.

The second one was here, at Largo Santa Luzia, another quite popular sight-seeing point. This time the new thing was that ship full of tourists, quite possibly taking pictures of Lisbon. I wonder how many of them were on that boat. From here, exhausted, I went back home. Walking.