Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Monday, June 29, 2009

Past and present

Rua Castilho, Lisbon.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Where is our blogger?

Two friends, who have been giving news the whole week, have confirmed:AMIR IS HOME NOW!

 I totally support 'A' and the people of Iran fighting for self-determination!

Using the only name I'm aware of, this is also a humble tribute to all those who have lost their lives.

Some petitions you may like to sign:
ATTENTION TWITTERS: iranian authorities are blocking accounts and using them as if they were the authors! Please watch out and read this.

Click here to view thumbnails for all participantsOur fellow CDP blogger 'A' is missing in Tehran. He has done a remarkable job covering the protests on the streets of his city. The iranian authorities have blocked his blog, Tehran24, on the 17th.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Different mosses at the old greenhouse, Oeiras.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Green Balloon Friday for Iran

''They may shoot our balloons but at least we can be happy that no one dies.''

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Not a very sunny day...

Cliffs at São Pedro do Estoril.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Lisbon Cathedral (II)

One of Lisbon's problems when it comes to restoring old constructions or building new ones at downown is the fact that history is, literally, by levels...
This is a cloister patio added to the Cathedral in the 14th century, built over a recently discovered roman village.
Keep in mind Lisbon was destroyed by a big earthquake in 1755, which makes every work even harder. You never know what you will find when you start digging!... :-)

One of many tombs displayed inside the main church and the cloister area. (Click on the 1st photo to enlarge)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Lisbon Cathedral

Lisbon Cathedral dates back to the 12th century (romanic style) and was built by order of Afonso Henriques, first king of Portugal, after having conquered the town to the Moors in 1147.
The gothic and barroque styles result of enlargements made in the 14th and 17th centuries. It is one of the buildings that survived the big earthquake that destroyed the city in 1755.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The whale

Huge art work at the Sea Promenade, Oeiras.

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Cais do Sodré subway terminal

Friday, June 19, 2009

Electricity Museum

The Electricity Museum was inaugurated in 2006. It is located on the bank of the Tagus river, in Lisbon and occupies the building of the important Central Tejo, built 1914/1919, that supplied the city during most of the 20th century. 

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Yellow ground

A branch of the tree responsible for the lovely mess:

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hannibal Lecter?

No! Just an 18th century fountain needing urgent work in front of the Palace of the Counts of Oeiras, usually called Oeiras Palace.
The pillory is peeking in the background.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Detail of my doctor's office waiting room.

Monday, June 15, 2009


Cruise ship seen from Giribita Fortress (1649).
(Click to enlarge)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Old aqueduct

Oeiras downtown (click to enlarge).

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Santo António's Day

Oeiras Summer Fair

Saint Anthony of Lisbon is the matchmaker. Boys are supposed to offer their girlfriends potted 'manjericos' (basil 'greek'/ocimum basilicum minimum) decorated with paper carnations and small flags with popular quotes. On the night of the 12th street parties take place at the most typical neighbourhoods in the Lisbon area until Dawn.

Friday, June 12, 2009

I'm warning you!

Graffiti at the downtown park, Oeiras.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Black rocks

Bugio Fortress/Lighthouse stands in the background. Some information on this post

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (II)

Jeronimus Monastery is such a huge building that it's hard to get a proper photo of the whole thing, so here are some details (click to enlarge). Another couple of shots and information on this post.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Old bench (VI)

Oeiras Palace.
More old benches here.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Once upon a time

18th century daily scenes will be performed for children in these tents at the Oeiras Palace gardens.

Sunday, June 7, 2009


Things are getting ready for the night fashion show in front of Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (the opera house), built 1793, Lisbon.

Saturday, June 6, 2009


Oeiras summer fair.

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Tagus estuary

Tagus river mouth seen from the sea promenade at Paço de Arcos. In the background 25th of April Bridge connects Lisbon to the south bank (click to enlarge the photo).

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Forgotten corner

A street starts at the end of another one. Two 20th century signs on 18th century walls.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Oeiras 1st coat of arms

Marquis of Pombal, also the 1st Count of Oeiras, was the founder of the city. His coat of arms can be seen in many buildings, this one stands on the City Hall manor.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Congratulations, Oeiras!

Oeiras is a 'young' city celebrating its 250th anniversary this year (check this post). All kinds of events will take place until October 31st.