Thursday, December 31, 2009

Big winter sun


HAPPY NEW YEAR
EVERYONE!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Old paths

The private gardens of neighbouring Counts and Viscounts at Cascais opened their gates to the public in the 40's becoming the Marechal Carmona Park.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Choir stalls

The construction of the Jeronimus Monastery started in the very early 16th century but this wooden work has been added on the upper choir in 1551.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Blooming aloe (II)

This species blooms once a year in winter

Sunday, December 27, 2009

One of a pair

Oeiras City Hall Square

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Friday, December 25, 2009

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

Joana Vasconcelos' life-sized ''Happy Family'' (2006) on display at Garrett Street, Downtown Lisbon.
Check her very cool site for a better understanding of her super creative work.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tile panel

70's house at Carcavelos

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Looking up

Lisbon-Cascais railroad as seen from the downtown park at 'Ribeira da Lage' Valley (the small river that runs through Oeiras)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Siesta

Mexican restaurant by the Tagus River at Algés

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Dead leaves

Small cascade at the downtown Oeiras park

Thursday, December 17, 2009

''L'Arbre biplan''

Jean Dubuffet's sculpture on display at the CCB (Belém Cultural Center).
The west wing of the Jeronimus Monastery can be seen in the background.
***
An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale shook Portugal for 8 seconds at 1.37am. It was quite scary! Fortunately the epicenter was located in the Atlantic Ocean 100kms off the coast.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Indoors time

Ponta do Sal Café
The sea breeze and the cold wave coming from Spain don't allow us to enjoy our coffee outside (OK, OK... I know that for some of you out there in the northern hemisphere this is... peanuts! Lol!)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Rocky island

Carcavelos Beach
Pretty chilly after 5pm, but the light was great.
(Click to enlarge)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Wasp nest?

Oeiras Palace gardens

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Santa Justa Elevator (II)

This is the opposite side of the structure shown on the pic I posted yesterday.
The small 'Céu de Lisboa (Lisbon Sky) Café' on top has the best view, but it's closed for winter...
São Jorge Castle stands in the background; it was conquered to the Moorish by King Afonso I in 1147.
(Click to enlarge)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Santa Justa Elevator


This 45 meters high structure was built in 1902 by the Portugal-born French architect Raoul de Mesnier du Ponsard (an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel) to connect the lowest and highest points of downtown Lisbon (a pedestrian bridge links the top to the hill in the background).

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

An autumn afternoon

Carcavelos Beach
Only surfers are in the water and they look like seals! :-)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Contrast

The glass box (leading to the underground car park elevators) stands against the Our Lady of Light Fort, built between the 15th and 18th centuries, next to the marina at Cascais.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Doorways

Counts of Castro Guimarães Palace
(Check these posts)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Autumn shades

... in the neighbourhood

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009