Here is my entry for this week’s photo challenge, taken in Lisbon a while ago. Hard to believe it was December. I really like this city, and its bridge. If someone tells me to go back there, I will… 😉
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My entry for this week’s photo challenge. I took this one a couple of years ago, in a wonderful summer in Portugal.
Another three pictures from my quick trip to Portugal a few weeks ago. These are from Carvoeiro, close to Portimao. I don’t know what that construction around that church is, but it looks like a wind barrier. Or an upside down boat… Also, I discovered some new wooden walks around the cliffs, with great views to the sea. I’ve visited this place for quite a long time now, and I still love it.
I did a quick trip this last weekend. I visited the Algarve, the south part of Portugal, an area I really love. These pictures are from some of the beaches I went to. The plan was drive to a place, lay on the sand, read a book, try to swim a bit in the chilly water and eat some great food in some local place And repeat. In order, you can see Marinha’s beach, Arrifana’s beach, and two pictures from Vila Nova de Milfontes, a place more up the north, in the Alentejo region. All great beaches except the last picture. Those sharp stone cliffs aren’t very swimming friendly. They are in Cabo Sardao. I really like the texture of those bent and melted sediments. Geology at its best.
The weather was great and I spent most of the time these beaches or travelling to places. I even a visited a very special place (for me at least) where I lived more than 20 years ago. I managed to meet some friend of that time. Initially I was a bit concerned; what do you talk about with someone you don’t see since such a long time? But things these days are a bit easier with this social media stuff. Maybe some of my imaginary friends are not so imaginary after all… We spent a whole day catching up about things. Fixing the world, as we say in Spain. Or should I better say our inner worlds…
Long time since last post! As I said, I’ve had some busy period of time in the past weeks. Now that I’m back at home, I will try to post more often. I’m working on editing and processing almost 400 pictures I took during my visit to Salt Lake City. Hint: look at my twitter feed in my menu… 😉
Here you have a few more pictures taken in Lisbon. These are from Tagus riverside. There is a really long walk from Belen, where you can see the Discoveries Monument, to the harbour just down Alfama, where that gigantic ship was waiting for tourists. Midway in between you can sit and watch the sunset in front of the Praça de Comerço. This was in December, but it didn’t feel like that at all.
I miss Lisbon.
I still have a few pictures left from my trip to Lisbon in December. This is in Praça dos Restauradores, where you can see this monument with two statues at each side, one symbolizes Independence and the other Victory. Not sure which one I took the picture of, but I like those two concepts.
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 Guimarães museum.
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.
Another picture from Lisbon.
You can walk from the 25 of April bridge to here. It will take a bit, but this monument is a quite spectacular thing to look at. A good amount of Portugal’s discovery history is represented here also. I used an electric tram for the return, something that I completely recommend, if you want to make the most of your visit.
Some pictures taken in Cascais, quite close to Lisbon. The weather was great that day. We could even try the water on the beach… In December.
Four men with a reflection of the river Tagus, in Lisbon, at their back.
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.