Sunday, February 28, 2010

Greek Gods

Oeiras Palace gardens

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Once upon a time there was a fountain

''This fountain was made by the people of this place (*) with the permission of the Senate in 1736''
(*) ''this place'' would later be the town of Oeiras which actually is just 250 years old.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Rossio Train Station

Lisbon has three train stations. This Neo-Manueline building dating back to 1886 is one of them.
I've previously posted on another here (Art Deco).

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Above the canopy

The second Viceroy of India (check this post) contemplates the Tagus River estuary mouth. The Jeronimus Monastery stands in the background.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sunday, February 21, 2010

To the people of Madeira

The portuguese Island of Madeira has been hit by the biggest storm ever: 42 people reported dead so far and many still missing. The island is in a total chaos, roads have just vanished and some bridges too but, as weather conditions are better now, help has started arriving by air.
Photo courtesy: ELPAÍ,

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A sign of Spring

Downtown Oeiras Park

Friday, February 19, 2010

Facing the bay

Old buildings at Cascais

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Tribute to the portuguese participants in the Olympics nautical competitions.
Oeiras Marina

Monday, February 15, 2010


Carmo Convent, 1389 (check it here)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Queijadas de Oeiras

Queijada: small pastry cake filled with cheese or a sweet filling.
'Casa das Queijadas de Oeiras' is a small downtown café where you can have the best ones. From plain cheese to chestnut, you choose the flavour.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Polar cold hitting again

The (almost) empty café terraces are a clear sign.
Oeiras Marina

Friday, February 12, 2010


It's the first word crossing my mind when I look at the abandoned house, bare trees and grey sky.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

S. Sebastião Chapel

Some of the 17th century tiles in the foreground must have been broken over the years and were replaced by others that simply don't match...
(Click to enlarge)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

CDP Blogger's new arrest

Iranian security forces arrested Amir Sadeghi at the office of Farhang-e-Ashti newspaper for having published images of the violent security clampdown on protesters on Ashura (December 27, 2009) on his personal blog ( and on the website Tehran24.

His War in Tehran streets on Ashura day photos have been deleted and the following message is what you see on the post instead:
''Looks like you have a problem here sir/madam. You sure you have the right place? Maybe you got a little lost? Maybe you're looking for something you're not supposed to find? Either way, just go search for it, it can't hurt.''

His Facebook profile page has also been deleted but his friend created a group on Facebook, so please join and show your support: Free Amir Sadeghi
Thank you

P.S. Gladly, a friend has previously saved the photos, so you can check them on the group page.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Rua dos Fornos

The old Rua dos Fornos (Kiln Street) leads you to the place I've shown yesterday.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Forno da Cal

A lime kiln (forno da cal) is used to produce quicklime by the calcination of limestone (calcium carbonate). There were five of these, dating back to the 16th century, at the historical centre of Paço de Arcos; they have worked for two centuries mainly for the construction of all forts and fortresses on this coast.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Enjoying the shy sun on the banks of the big pond at Quinta da Alagoa Park.
Turtles are coming out of hibernation; I didn't see any a week or two ago.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Winter's back

Sea Promenade (Santo Amaro-Paço de Arcos)
After some great days of sunshine and clear blue sky, this is what we have now...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Quinta da Alagoa Park

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

First king named Pedro

Modern statue (1963) of King Pedro I (1320-1367) in front of one of the City Hall buildings (early 19th century) at Cascais.