Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hills... and more hills!

Lisbon has seven hills. São Jorge Castle, in the background, stands on top of one of them; it was conquered to the moorish by the first portuguese king in the 12th century. (Click to enlarge)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Stone wall

One more kilometer has been added to the sea promenade, connecting Oeiras to Paço de Arcos. These are some details of the wall opposite to the sea.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ambiente

Ecological exhibition entrance at Cascais.
(Ambiente = Environment)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

A little desert

Top of the cliffs next to Cascais. A regatta is taking place in the background.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Campo Pequeno

Top detail of the former bullfight arena in Lisbon, built by portuguese architect António José Dias da Silva (1892). With a circular area of 5.000 square meters, the building has been recently renovated and can house any kind of show for an audience of 10.000 people.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Closing time

 
Lampranthus is a genus of south african succulents pretty common around here, whose flowers close at night; these shots were taken around 5pm when petals start moving

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

'Blindness'

What I had in mind for this post was a repetition shot of the DVD covers, but I was not allowed to shoot inside the store (can you believe it?!), so I had to take a photo of the poster through the glass window, sorry about the reflections...
'Blindness' is a brilliant movie directed by my all time favourite, brasilian Oscar nomenee Fernando Meirelles ('City of God' and 'The constant gardener'), based on the novel by portuguese Nobel Prize winner (1988) José Saramago. Cinematography is absolutely fantastic and so are the performances of Julianne Moore and Gael Garcia Bernal.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Rebuilding

19th century buildings have been torn down while their façades are kept. After so many 'architectural crimes' committed in the last decades, it's good to know this is nowadays a common sight in Lisbon.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Vandalism

18th century statue at the most hidden area of the downtown Oeiras park.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Beehive

Hotel Atlântico (1930) at Monte Estoril.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Friday, April 17, 2009

An old village in southern Portugal?

WRONG! Just some old spots you (gladly) can still find among the modern buildings in the center of Carcavelos, next to Oeiras, which give us an idea of what the former village must have looked like.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Low tide (II)

Belém Tower, 25th of April Bridge and Christ the King (on the other bank of the Tagus River) seen from the fishing harbour, western Lisbon. (Click to enlarge)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Monday, April 13, 2009

Peeping at some Art Nouveau

One of the remaining gorgeous houses at Monte Estoril. Check this post for some information about the locality (7km from Oeiras, next to Cascais).

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

Mercado da Ribeira

Main entrance of the biggest market building in Lisbon downtown (1882).

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Santo António - classic or trendy?

Old building wall and urban handicraft window shop (both shots taken at Oeiras downtown).

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Lobster traps

Fishing harbour, Cascais bay.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sunday, April 5, 2009

A quiet lunch

Santa Marta cove, Cascais

Friday, April 3, 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Two little angels

Private house at Carcavelos.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April theme day: Yellow

Oeiras Palace gardens
Yin Yang, open gate of a private house
Q.: What's the name of this bar at Santo Amaro beach?
A.: 'O Amarelo'! (meaning 'The Yellow one')

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