Friday, February 13, 2009

Monte Estoril

The locality of Monte Estoril had its origin in beginnings of the 20th century, developed by the construction of the railway that links Lisbon to Cascais. Next to the last, with a superb location and idyllic landscapes, it became a place of election of the aristocracy and wealthy families.
There was an amazing amount of beautiful big houses in the area but, as money has changed hands lately, many families simply can not afford to keep them anymore. Some have been torn down, others have been kept but enlarged, becoming condominiums and a few are just abandoned. Gladly we still can find many in excellent condition, very difficult to photograph as streets are narrow and trees very high. These are just two examples.

20 comments:

Olivier said...

une maison qui fait rêver et qui donne envie. elle est très belle, et il doit y avoir une vue superbe



a home that makes you dream and want. she is very beautiful, and there must be a superb view

Lois said...

Even with the narrow streets and high trees you did a good job! Looks like you are still having nice weather too.

Jarart said...

You have done an excellent job capturing this beauty as usual.

Babooshka said...

The challenge to get the image has paid off. This is glorious.

Carrie Hayes said...

Beautiful buildings, they do not make them like that anymore

Nancy said...

This is so beautiful - the white against the ocean. Sad how these old home are being torn down and not restored. I'd love to get my hands on one of them.

Hope you are doing well...

Nancy

Sharon said...

These are beautiful shots. Wouldn't it be great to live in one of these places with that fantastic sea view?

Marc said...

Dreamhouse is all I'll say...

Boise Diva said...

Houses or condos - what a view!

Jacob said...

Two very beautiful shots. At first glance, I thought the two posts were friars - you know with the round hats...

Virginia said...

I'm ready to move in JM> These are breathtakingly beautiful homes. Wow!
V

Babzy said...

beautiful houses , these families are lucky ....

nanak said...

wow! beautiful composition on the second photo.

Joan Elizabeth said...

These photos show a stunningly beautiful location .. I'd love to visit.

vero said...

I love the second, very nice.

Hilda said...

Beautiful homes! And they have amazing views!

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

Great composition. Another stunning photo and what a historic, beautiful area. I am glad you enjoyed the native american hp dancers on my website. You are right that enlarging them for detail really helps you see the detail and high fashion. I will post some more photos next week and include a video clip of very modern native fashion.

Pam said...

What magnificent buildings. It is loosing part of history when they tear down old unique buildings. Beautiful shots!

Marie-Noyale said...

What a beautiful spot!!
Love the light on the first photograph

humanobserver said...

superb :)