Monday, July 6, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Saturday, July 4, 2015

An Empty Palace (1 of 3)

The late 18th century Palace of the Marquis of Pombal aka Oeiras Palace, at Oeiras, opened its doors to the public. The Marquis' heirs have auctioned all the furniture in 1939, but the tiles, the ceilings and the chapel are worth a visit.

Lisbon collapsed after the 1755 Earthquake and King José I comissioned his PM, the Marquis, the reconstruction of the city. He did such a great job that the king decided to reward him with a large property at Oeiras as well as a palace complex for him to live with his family. Also granted him the title of 1st Count of Oeiras. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mediterranean Sea

(World map above my desk)

There currently are 60 million refugees in the world, more than on WWII. What an evolution!

We are witnessing a paradigm change, an unchecked slide into an era in which the scale of global forced displacement as well as the response required is now clearly dwarfing anything seen before. (...) It is terrifying that on the one hand there is more and more impunity for those starting conflicts, and on the other there is seeming utter inability of the international community to work together to stop wars and build and preserve peace. (António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees)

There's no point on rotating the above photo 180º, the world already is upside down.
This is my contribution to the CDP July Theme Day: Upside Down
Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Alfama Roofs

Alfama is Lisbon's oldest district. This is where the Moorish elite lived during the occupation (8th-12th century).

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Arch

Augusta Street

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Night Bloom

Epiphyllum anguliger aka Fishbone Cactus

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Oldest Coach in the Museum Collection

Travel vehicle brought from Madrid by King Philip III of Spain when he
visited Portugal in 1619.

Friday, June 26, 2015

One More Hotel

Hotels at downtown Lisbon and surrounding historic neighbourhoods grow like mushrooms after the first rains.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Empire Square

Belém, Lisbon
All colonies got their independence from Portugal in 1975 but the name of the square remains the same.
Click here for a full view of the square and the monastery in the background.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


According to the sign (PENHORES) there's a pawnbroker shop in this downtown Lisbon building. A business that might have flourished after four years of imposed austerity on people.

Monday, June 22, 2015


Work by Mozambican artist Ângelo de Sousa at Belém Cultural Centre

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Two Benches

... next to the Church of Santa Luzia, Lisbon

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Mercado da Ribeira

Time Out has transformed Lisbon’s main market hall (1882) into a foodie hangout that brings together some of the city’s favourite food shops and restaurants. 
Check the building by clicking here.

Not my cup of tea, actually. I like coziest and less noisy places.

Friday, June 19, 2015


25th of April Bridge. 
It connects Lisbon to the south bank of the Tagus River. The redish structure is the railway.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

One Coach, Six Horses

(New) National Coach Museum

The new museum is a total disappointment. A €40 million disappointment!
It's just a huge "wharehouse" full of coaches. The display is completely different from the models that have been shown since construction started. A big shame! 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tram Tour

Thanks to the tourism boom, more trams can now be seen in old Lisbon. One line took out of action has even reopened.

Monday, June 15, 2015

How and Nosm

Spanish twins How and Nosm's work on an abandoned building at Alcântara, Lisbon
This post is linked to Monday Mural

Sunday, June 14, 2015


Phytolacca dioica aka Ombú, native to the Pampa of South America, on the sidewalk of a very busy street.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Saint Anthony's Day

One of Portugal’s most popular saints, Santo António, a Fransiscan friar, is Lisbon's patron. On June 13th's eve, the city turns into one big party, the craziest night of the year, filled with parades, live music, dancing and eating on the streets: grilled sardines, pepper salad, red wine and sangria are a must. The places to go are the city's poor neighbourhoods, especially the oldest district of Alfama where thousands of people, dance, sing and walk up and down the decorated labyrinthic streets until dawn. 
The sardine has actually become the symbol of June in Lisbon.

Friday, June 12, 2015


Museum of Design and Fashion at Downtown Lisbon

A brilliant exhibition of Christian Lacroix's creations is on display here. Unfortunatelly this is one of those places where you can't take photos inside!... So, here's a web image of the interior that might give you an idea of the exhibit.
This post is linked to Weekend Reflections

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Restoring Tiles

A never ending job in Portugal...
Santa Luzia viewpoint, Lisbon

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Time For A Cold Drink

Terreiro do Paço aka Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

"Pastel de Bacalhau"

Downtown Lisbon

The very typical Pastel de Bacalhau (plural: Pastéis) is made of potatoes, bacalhau (codfish), eggs, parsley and other ingredients. It's deep fried and served before meals or as a meal itself usually with tomato rice. Here's the recipe.

Monday, June 8, 2015


Work by Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils on an abandoned building at Alcântara, Lisbon
This post is linked to Monday Mural

Sunday, June 7, 2015


São Luiz Municipal Theater at Chiado, Lisbon

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Genesis - Tribute to a Threatened Planet

Genesis is a quest for the world as it was, as it was formed, as it evolved, as it existed for millenia before modern life accelerated and began distancing us from the very essence of our being. It is a journey to the landscapes, seascapes, animals and peoples that have so far escaped the long reach of today's world.

245 outstanding B&W photos by awarded Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado are on display at Cordoaria Nacional, the former 18th century rope and sail factory in Lisbon.

If you are not familiared with Salgado's work, DO a search online and imagine seeing his photos, some king-sized, on the wall. It's overwhelming!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Tourists (4 of 4)

Santa Luzia viewpoint: views over Alfama district and the Tagus River