Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hotel Compound

Vila Galé Palácio dos Arcos at Paço de Arcos (click here for the main building)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Graffiti Exhibit

Martim Moniz Square, Lisbon
I guess the decayed "tower" in the background may have some historic value or it wouldn't have been left between the two new condos. The access to the building was cut and I didn't see any sign around so I have no idea what it is or what they are going to do with it.
This post is linked to Monday Mural

Friday, July 25, 2014

Holy Water Font

Church of Our Lady of Victory at downtown Lisbon
The original building (1556) collapsed after the 1755 Earthquake. Reconstruction took place between 1765 and 1824.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Decay (CV)

18th century building at downtown Lisbon
The sign tells us the building is under restoration. Really?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Aziz's Little Corner

A person is a person because s/he recognizes others as persons. 
Desmond Tutu

Mozambican Mr. Aziz owns a business at the old Mouraria, Lisbon's most multicultural district.
It was early in the morning when I came across this corner and his Cajun/Creole restaurant was still closed. I'll have to come back.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mini Library (For Kids)

Small square at the old Mouraria district, Lisbon

Monday, July 21, 2014


Graffiti exhibition at Martim Moniz Square, Lisbon
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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Tourist And The Homeless

Low tide at the old Quay of Columns, Terreiro do Paço Square, Lisbon

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fountain Detail

Rossio Square, Lisbon (previous post)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Morning Light

Rossio Square, Lisbon

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Underground Tunnel (5)

Alcântara, Lisbon
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Frayed Silk & Two Lizards

Ajuda National Palace, Lisbon

The original silk on the walls tells us this room was not restored yet. Replicas of the different delicate fabrics covering the walls of every room are being made on purpose to replace the old ones. This explains why the restoration of this palace is going on for years and costs a fortune, but it's worth it, of course. 
The crochet covered ceramic lizards are a Joana Vasconcelos' creation and were part of her exhibition at the palace.

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Carcavelos Beach at 10 am today

A couple of months earlier:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Garcia de Orta

National Institute of Tropical Medicine, Lisbon

Garcia de Orta was a Portuguese Renaissance physician and naturalist, a pioneer of tropical medicine. 
I come here every ten years to get a yellow fever vaccine which is mandatory for entry in many tropical countries, mainly in Africa.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Decay (CIV)

Abandoned building in Lisbon

Monday, July 7, 2014

Earth, Wind & Fire

Great concert at the gardens of the Palace of the Marquis of Pombal at Oeiras

Friday, July 4, 2014

Bugio Fortress/Lighthouse

... as seen from the Sea Promenade at Paço de Arcos.
The original building dated back to the late 16th century.

(web image)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

INSIDE OUT Project "HOPE": The End

134 posters of children faces have been on display on a Lisbon wall for two months. Now it's time for some cleaning in order to set the wall free. 
Inside Out is a global project and this is what we did in Lisbon.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen

Francisco Simões' sculpture at Poets' Park, Oeiras

Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (1919–2004) was an award-winning Portuguese poet and writer (she inherited the surname 'Andresen' from her Danish grandfather). Sophia translated Dante, Shakespeare or Euripides to Portuguese and Luís de Camões or Fernando Pessoa to French.
Her body will be removed to the National Pantheon today, ten years after her death.

(Web image)

Monday, June 30, 2014


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Friday, June 27, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Talho nº.5

Butchery #5 at downtown Paço de Arcos

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fishing Boats

Tagus Estuary mouth at Paço de Arcos

Monday, June 23, 2014


José Dias Coelho was an anti-fascist Portuguese painter and sculptor who was killed by Salazar's political police (PIDE) in 1961. This replica of one of his works can be seen on a wall at Alcântara, Lisbon.
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Garden With A View

Palácio dos Arcos (previous post)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Palácio dos Arcos

This 18th century palace facing the Tagus Estuary mouth at Paço de Arcos is an accurate replica of the original building which dated back to the late 15th century, from whose balcony King Manuel I watched the Vasco da Gama's caravell fleet leave on the first journey to India in 1497.

The building has recently been under restoration and it's transformed into a luxury hotel now. Of course I'm glad the palace has been restored but check this post and tell me if it hasn't lost part of its charm.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sea Creature

Small beach at Parede

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cascade Gardens

18th century Royal Estate at Caxias
(Sadly, there's no water running down the cascade)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Underground Tunnel (4)

Alcântara, Lisbon
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Long Bench And Old Chairs

"Bolo do Caco" Gourmet Burger at Oeiras