Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The customer

Roasted chestnuts point of sale at Oeiras train station.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Monday, December 29, 2008

Church window

Our Lady of the Incarnation church at Chiado, Lisbon downtown.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Paula Rego

Paula Rego is the most famous living portuguese female painter. She was born in Lisbon (1935) within a rich family, during Salazar's regime, which would be a later influence in her work. Married to an english artist, she moved to London in 1975.
Her work often gives a sinister edge to storybook imagery, emphasizing malicious domination or the subversion of natural order, sometimes dealing with polemic social realities.
Paula Rego was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1989 and was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Letters honoris causa by Oxford University in June 2005.
Part of her work can currently be seen at Palácio Anjos (and taking photos is allowed!).

Friday, December 26, 2008

Black cat


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This season I was honored with the Christmas Spirit Award from La Clau (Conversaciones de café), Mexico. Thank you so much, I really appreciated it! :-)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!

This year Christmas decorations are very humble and discreet. I think it's a wise example of saving and I'm glad they did it (at last!).
This is the façade of Oeiras City Hall main building at twilight.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

24th Dec.

The representation of Christ's birth is displayed at the main square of Oeiras downtown.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Gate

Private house at Carcavelos
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AWARDS
In the last couple of days I was honored with the 'Butterfly award' given to me by Tr3nta, (MAD) Daily Photo, Dusty Lens, North Metro and Beyond and Angela, Nice Daily Photo.
Thank you all so much!
I've also got the '(This blog believes and looks forward) PROXIMITY' award, also from Tr3nta, (MAD) Daily Photo. Thank you one more time, pal!
Now I know I should pass these awards to eight people, but I just can't... I've been visiting such fantastic blogs and have met such nice people around here since I became a CDP member that it is impossible for me to name only a few. So, don't be angry with me and please try to understand. All of you have been awarded now and you know who you are. Thank you!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Autumn (II)

This is my last autumn post as winter has officially started yesterday.
1- tunnel leading to Carcavelos beach.
2- Estoril train station.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Gotan Project

Gotan Project have performed yesterday night in Lisbon. This was the best concert I've been in years! ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Yesterday at the beach

(Click on the photos to enlarge)

Friday, December 19, 2008

The fifties (III)

'Saisa' restaurant at Santo Amaro de Oeiras beach.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

ISAF - International Sailing Federation

'100 years of sailing' monument (1907-2007) and the old stone walls of the Citadel, seen from the marina at Cascais.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Watering lion

Fountain at the Count of Castro Guimarães museum gardens, Cascais.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

A little Hockney play

Lionfish (Pterois volitans) under actinic light at Lisbon 'Oceanário'.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Friday, December 12, 2008

Wooden structure

Solid looking structure holding a glass dome of a shopping mall at Carcavelos.
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And speaking of solid structures:

Manoel de Oliveira is the oldest active movie director in the world. His work has been awarded 39 times, not only in Portugal but also in several cinema festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Montréal, Chicago or Tokyo. Actors like Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Marcello Mastroianni, Irene Papas or Michel Piccoli have worked with him. Yesterday he has celebrated his 100th birthday while shooting his new movie and he is allready working on the next. Isn't this amazing?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Red and Yellow


 
1- Mailbox + recycling container at Carcavelos;
2- Oeiras Fireman headquarters

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Belém Tower


The Belém Tower was built in the early 16th century in the portuguese Manueline Gothic style, to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition (sea-route to India). This defensive construction has become one of the symbols of the city, a memorial to the nation's power during the Age of the Great Discoveries.


The tower (UNESCO World Heritage Site, 1983) is located close to the Discoveries Monument, at the mouth of the Tagus River estuary, western Lisbon.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Between the tides

Gladly the cold wave seems to be gone, so it was nice to come back to the sea shore.

Monday, December 8, 2008

For sale

Brand new restored old houses for sale and another still in progress, all on the same street at Oeiras.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Rua das Alcássimas


This is supposed to be the oldest street in Oeiras (rua = street). There are some nice restored houses, but I've chosen these as I think they show the real atmosphere of the place.