Friday, May 1, 2015

CDP April Theme Day: Revolution

Forty one years ago last saturday, on April 25 1974, a military coup has put an end on forty eight years of dictatorship, on which many lost their lives fighting for freedom, and on thirteen years of a colonial war in Africa - the Carnation Revolution.
Unfortunatelly a couple of decades later a bunch of wannabes who have grown inside the major political parties got into power and have been ruling this country as if it was their farm. Incompetent, greedy and corrupt politicians walked hand in hand with banksters and big economic groups. In 2011 Portugal was one step away from bankrupcy and needed a 78 billion bailout. Therefore, the people had to pay for what those criminals have done and the greatest austeririty ever seen became a reality on everyone's lives. About 350.000, mostly qualified people, left the country and the poors have reached 3 millions. However, the number of millionaires was never so high, showing how 'fair' these political/economic measures are for the 99% of the Portuguese.

Several thousands of protests have taken place. The photos that follow show major marches (civil initiatives) in the last years.

March 2011 (the former PM was finally arrested five months ago)

October 2011 (at the Parliament)

September 2012: largest of all - 1 million on the streets of Lisbon and more than half a million in other cities
(photo taken in front of the IMF office building)

September 2012 (2nd largest protest)

October 2012: standing for the so neglected culture by the government
(The Lisbon Philharmonic Orchestra was performing when I took this shot)

March 2013
This is my contribution to the CDP May Theme Day: "Revolution"
Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Fado Singer

Mouraria district, Lisbon
This post is linked to Monday Mural

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A Touch Of Colour

... on a grey day at the Oeiras marina

Friday, April 24, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Armillary Sphere

Monument to the Discoveries at Belém, Lisbon

Monday, April 20, 2015

"Espaço Brasil"

Contemporary Brazil Cultural Center at LXFactory, Lisbon
This post is linked to Monday Mural

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Work In Progress

One more church... as if there were not enough already!
Miraflores, Algés

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Jerónimos Monastery as seen from Belém Cultural Center

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Decay (CXII)

Abandoned house at Oeiras

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

The New Coach Museum

An abandoned compound, former property of the armed forces, was torn down to give place to a huge building which would cost a fortune. It all started at the beginning of 2008, before Portugal was bound by strictly imposed austerity measures as a result of the worst economic crisis ever. Needless to say how controversial this subject was over the last years!... But, finally, it seems doors will be open by the end of next month.

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Street sign at Oeiras
For Portuguese tile lovers: 12 Treasures of Europe, an interesting article on The New York Times

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Jeff Koons' "Bob Tail"

Berardo Collection Museum

Friday, April 10, 2015

Golden Shades

São Carlos National Theater, Lisbon's Opera House
(Photo taken when a costume exhibition was on display)
This post is linked to Weekend Reflections

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Late Gothic Manueline Style

Jerónimos Monastery side entrance (early 16th century) 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Jean Dubuffet's "L'Arbre Biplan"

Berardo Museum, Belém Cultural Center

Monday, April 6, 2015

Pastéis de Belém (Egg Tart Pastry) - 2 of 2

Check the previous post

For more on Pastéis de Belém check The New York Times article and video, 36 Hours In Lisbon, kindly sent to me by Bob Crowe of St. Louis Daily Photo 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Pastéis de Belém (Egg Tart Pastry) - 1 of 2

At the beginning of the Nineteenth Century, in Belém, next to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (the Heironymite Monastery) there was a sugar cane refinery linked to a small general store. As a result of the liberal revolution of 1820, all convents and monasteries in Portugal were shut down in 1834, the clergy and labourers expelled. 
In an attempt at survival, someone from the monastery offered sweet pastries for sale in the shop; pastries that rapidly became known as 'Pastéis de Belém'. 
At that period the area of Belém was still far from the city of Lisbon and could be reached by steam-boats. At the same time, the grandeur of the monastery and the Torre de Belém (the Belém Tower) attracted visitors who soon grew used to savouring the delicious pastries originated in the monastery. In 1837, the baking of the 'Pastéis de Belém' was begun in buildings joined to the refinery, following the ancient 'secret recipe' from the monastery. Passed on and known exclusively to the master confectioners who hand-crafted the pastries in the 'secrets room', this recipe remained unchanged to the present day. 
In fact, the only true 'Pastéis de Belém' contrive, by means of ascrupulous selection of ingredients, to offer even today the flavour of the time-honoured Portuguese sweetmaking. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

First Summer Day

Espelho d'Água cafe, last wednesday

Friday, April 3, 2015

Tribute To A Master

(Web image)

He has been awarded 47 times on film festivals, especially abroad. He was also awarded doctorate degrees honoris causa by two Portuguese universities as well as the Order of St. James of the Sword and the French Légion d’Honneur.
Actors such as Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Jeanne Moreau, Michel Piccoli, Claudia Cardinale or Marcello Mastroianni have casted his movies.
World's oldest active film director has left us yesterday at the age of 106.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

"100 Men Without Prejudice" - A Portuguese Campaign Against Gender Discrimination

100 Portuguese athletes, scientists, actors, journalists, musicians, politicians, doctors, fashion designers, film makers, writers and more have been photographed wearing high-heeled shoes. 
On March 8, International Women's Day, all photos were put on display at CCB (Belém Cultural Centre).

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mirror, Mirror...

This is my contributions to the CDP April Theme Day: "My Camera-Shy Self Portrait"
Click here for thumbnails to all participants

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Depressingly Sad

When palm trees were alive you didn't even notice how ugly those buildings are.
If you don't know why they're dying, click here or here.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Jesus The Tagger

Found on the wall of an old fort at Oeiras
This post is linked to Monday Mural

Friday, March 13, 2015

National Coach Museum

Royal Riding Arena (1787) at Belém, Lisbon

The new (and huge) coach museum is about to open doors. I guess this will be my last post on this place.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

"A Vida Portuguesa" (8)

(Check the two previous posts)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"A Vida Portuguesa" (6)

"A Vida Portuguesa was born out of the will to create an inventory of the brands that survived the passage of time, to highlight the quality of Portuguese manufacture and to showcase Portugal in a surprising light."

For more photos click here