Saturday, July 31, 2010

Jungle Bench

Greenhouse at the downtown Oeiras park

Friday, July 30, 2010

31ºC at Midnight

Cascais Bay
It has been a very hot week!
For more reflection shots check James' Weekend reflections #45

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Restored Pillory

Downtown Oeiras
The City Hall building stands in the background
P.S. Pillory is the english word for the portuguese 'pelourinho'. It consists of a stone column where people were tied for public punishment and humiliation. You can see them at the main square of almost all old towns in Portugal (and Brazil). Despite the awful practice, some of them are truly beautiful stone works.
However if you look for the english definition of pillory you'll find: "a device formerly used for publicly punishing offenders consisting of a wooden frame with holes in which the head and hands can be locked".

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Club Des Belugas

A german band (including a trumpet player from Vegas and a californian lady singer) and a swedish lady singer guest. Great concert!
CoolJazzFest at the Marechal Carmona Park, Cascais
If you don't know the band, listen to this

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

Fossils Everywhere

This small cape is basically made of thousands of them.
Carcavelos Beach

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Glass Bridge

Oeiras Cultural Center
Check more 'Sunday Bridges' at Louis' San Francisco Bay DP

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Oeiras Sounds

This was the setting of the Oeiras Sounds festival ending with the Roxy Music concert (previous post).
Oeiras Palace gardens

Friday, July 23, 2010

"Love Is the Drug"

Brian Ferry & Roxy Music have performed yesterday at the Oeiras Palace gardens. Awesome concert!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Quinta do Barão

The old Quinta do Barão (Baron's Farm) was famous for its wine. It has been cut by roads and roundabouts in the last decades and no longer works. There is a project to transform the manor and other buildings, gardens and the remaining terrains next to these into a luxury resort, including a Wine Museum in the cellars.
However it was supposed to open doors in 2009 and nothing happened...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Parede Parish Church (1953)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Big Fish

Detail of a tile panel made by the students of a local school
Passageway to the Sea Promenade at Estoril

Monday, July 19, 2010

Contrast (IV)

Oeiras and environs used to be a farm area until the 20th century, so I believe there must have been a farm here once before the concrete invasion. Now the old house and chapel at Sassoeiros are literally surrounded by ugly buildings (it was quite common for wealthy families to have their own chapel).

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Visiting the Tower

Belém Tower, Lisbon
Check this post for some information and views of the building
More 'Sunday Bridges' at Louis' San Francisco Bay DP

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Not Yellow but still a Submarine

Installation by Rigo 23, a portuguese artist living in San Francisco, on display at the CCB, Lisbon

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Roof tiles

Old house patio at Oeiras

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Decay (VII)

Pedrouços, Lisbon

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

Warhol's Judy

The Berardo Collection at the CCB, Lisbon
I've created a new blog: in the wild
If your are a wildlife lover, stay tuned! :-)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Saint, Her Son and Three Cherubs

São Mamede Church (18th century), Lisbon

Saturday, July 10, 2010

5 to 7pm

SATU (Urban Automated Transport System) terminal at Paço de Arcos

Friday, July 9, 2010

Mirrored Little House

Installation by Os Gémeos on display at the CCB, Lisbon


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Playing in the Cloister Patio

Jeronimus Monastery (16th century), Belém, western Lisbon

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Decay - Museum of Popular Art

This site was created for the Portuguese World Exhibition in 1940 but the building was remodelled to house the museum eight years later.
Believe it or not it was closed in 2003 and has remained abandoned since then!
Restoration works are now taking place inside and (hopefully!) it will open doors again soon.

Belém, western Lisbon

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Some Shade

It's too hot, temperatures have reached 42ºC (107.6ºF) in some parts of the country yesterday.
Greenhouse at the downtown Oeiras Park

Monday, July 5, 2010


Sculpture and installation (partial view) by chinese and colombian artists on display at the CCB, Lisbon

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Tiled Building

One of many at downtown Oeiras

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Water Lily

Oeiras Palace gardens

Friday, July 2, 2010

Fearless Little Boy

Relections on the sand at Carcavelos Beach
Check Weekend Reflections #41

Thursday, July 1, 2010

July Theme Day: Reflections

Memorial to those who have died fighting in the abhorrent Colonial War that lasted for thirteen years thanks to Salazar's dictatorship.

The fort walls in the background are covered with the countless names of the soldiers who lost their lives between 1961 and 1974
Belém, western Lisbon