Monday, August 31, 2009

An interesting story

This building was designed by portuguese architects but the construction took place in Brazil for the Rio de Janeiro Great International Exhibition in 1923. Then it was dismantled, brought to Lisbon for the Portuguese Great Industrial Exhibition (1932) and called 'Palace of Exhibitions'. In 1946 it was adapted to sport events, in order to house the Hockey International Championship (1947) and called 'Palace of Sports'. Finally, in 1984 its name has changed to Carlos Lopes Pavilion as a tribute to the portuguese Olympic athlete (Marathon Gold Medal, Los Angeles).
The building is now abandoned and seems to have started falling apart but, hopefully, it will become Sports National Museum and shall open doors in 2011.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Code Red

Too hot and too dry! Firefighters can't take a rest!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A little castle

Check the previous post to see where this old house is located.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Proud Mary

Her name could be Mary and she has reasons to be proud of herself and her cutest 'kids'. They all live happy and free at Marechal Carmona Park, Cascais.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

An old favourite

This is one of my favourite buildings (early 20th century) at Avenida da Liberdade, the most beautiful and also the most polluted avenue in Lisbon... (Click to see the details)
My office used to be here on the first floor.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Golden rails

Railroad Lisbon-Cascais

Monday, August 24, 2009

Art Deco (II)

This exhibition can currently be seen at CCB (Belém Cultural Center). More photos on this post.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Our Lady of the Encarnation Church

Dating back to 1708, the church has been destroyed by the earthquake in 1755 and it was rebuilt 29 years later. Lisbon downtown.
Sorry about the (inevitable) tram cables... (Click to enlarge)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Belém Marina

Partial view of the marina along the Tagus River at Belém, western Lisbon.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Cascais Sea Promenade

This is one of the best located houses on this coast. It was built in the early 20th century and stands right on the sea promenade by the ocean.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


What's so special about these humble buildings? Just the fact they are some of the very few that survived the earthquake in 1755.
Belém, western Lisbon.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Palácio do Egipto (III)

Oeiras new Cultural Center. Information and more photos here. (Click on the photos for a better view)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009


This is what Carcavelos beach looked like yesterday when I arrived at 7.30 pm! I left, of course, and ended up having some delicious snails and cold beer at a nearby beach bar, watching a gorgeous sunset. It's really hot these days!

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Spain invaded Portugal in 1580. Three spanish kings, the Filipes, have ruled the country (the third Dinasty) until 1640, when a group of portuguese noble men managed to fight back, having restored the independence. They were called the 'Restauradores' and this 30 meters high obelisk, built in 1886, standing at a big square with the same name in Lisbon, is a tribute to them.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sea urchins

... and take the spines off your feet, which is not an easy task! :-)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Oeiras Mother Church

This church was first mentioned in historical documents dating back to the 16th century, but it was enlarged in 1777, so this is not its original look. Some interior details here.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Les Baigneurs

Niki de Saint Phalle's work on display at CCB, Belém Cultural Center. (Click on the photo to enlarge)

Sunday, August 9, 2009


Not much privacy here!... :-)
Cascais old street

Saturday, August 8, 2009


Two pairs of these Deco Marine Horses stand at the Empire Square, western Lisbon.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Boats and fish

Cascais fishing harbour

Thursday, August 6, 2009

'Risk the Real'

Antony Gormley's sculpture enlightened by Adel Abdessemed's instalation. The exhibition can currently be seen at CCB (Belém Cultural Center).

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Baywatch (II)

Staring at the owner while he's swimming

Monday, August 3, 2009


Modern building at Cascais

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Life between the tides

Anemones in shallow water (Click to enlarge)

A couple of days ago I was honored with this award. Thank you so much, Asta (Hyperenergy and other obstacles - This is where i relax), I really appreciated it.