Sunday, August 31, 2008

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Friday, August 29, 2008

A cloudy sky

... makes the sea look grey!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ducks

Quinta da Alagoa public park

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Lonely palmtree

New Oeiras post office square (early 60s neighborhood)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Deauville




Isn't it a beauty? It looks brand new!...

Monday, August 25, 2008

Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios

Dating from the 17th century, Our Lady of Medicine church is located right in the center of Carcavelos, next to Oeiras.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Nature is taking the place...

... of an abandoned unfinished building.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Oceanário

My passion for aquatic life makes me go quite often to Lisbon Aquarium. Built by american architect Peter Chermayeff, 'Oceanário' opened its doors ten years ago for EXPO 98.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Message in a bottle

These are some very unlucky ants: the sea brought the bottle back to the tiny island where they are stuck... the message is still unread so nobody's coming to rescue them...
(Have you found the bottle?...)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Stone dogs

Oeiras palace (18th century)


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Quinta da Alagoa

Public park pond on a very cloudy day

Monday, August 18, 2008

''The Universe has been invaded by 'Meo' satelites''

Stupid (but yet funny on tv) campaign made by four famous comediants for 'Meo', a telecomunications company.
I think this billboard, at the railway, has the perfect background: the odd apartment building!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Old fountain

Oeiras downtown park

Friday, August 15, 2008

Skywatch...

... at the entrance of Marquis of Pombal palace, built by hungarian architect Carlos Mardel (18th century).

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Old and new

Downtown Oeiras used to be surrounded by old charming farms; as time goes by new buildings are taking their place and little by little those farms are gone forever.
This wall belongs to a partially abandoned farm, struggling against concret invasion, although it is almost swallen by the uncharacteristic modern buildings shown in the background.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Graffiti

Climate changes drive everybody crazy! It's the peak of summer and temperature has dropped as the sky gets heavilly clouded!... So, instead of going to the beach I've chosen another direction for my daily walk and came across this guy! Definatelly not a new graffiti, but I've never noticed it before...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The street where I live

Downtown Oeiras in the background.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Sea monsters

A quick trip to Lisbon to visit 'Sea Monsters Exhibition'

This 20 meters long structure hanging at the entrance, was made of recycling material only (pieces of metal and smashed cans) by twenty students of the College of Fine Arts in Oporto.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Ribeira da Lage

Small river running through town.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

The City Hall

Oeiras City Hall is located on this manor, belonging to the compound of the former Palace of Marquis of Pombal and Count of Oeiras.
He was the Prime Minister of King Joseph I and also responsible for the rebuilt of Lisbon after the city has been totally destroyed by the big earthquake followed by a huge tsunami and a fire, in the year of 1755.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Blooming agaves

As many other non-native plants, agaves were brought from the Americas by portuguese navigators, five centuries ago (Discoveries Age).
They adapted quite well and, at least three species are now spread everywhere from central to southern Portugal, the hottest half of the country. On the facing south 'Costa do Sol' (Sunny Coast) where I live, they look really charming on top of the cliffs above the ocean.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

São Pedro beach

Another very hot day!...


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Rocks and green algae

As it is a very hot day, lets go to the seaside!


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Welcome

As my very 1st post on this brand new blog, I want to welcome you all to Oeiras and its surroundings.