Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Old Brick Wall

Side façade of a small warehouse by the Tagus River currently housing a bar, Lisbon

Monday, August 30, 2010

Lisbon City Hall

It was late in the evening and the building was closed so I took this shot through the glass door.
You can check the building here

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Broken Trident

Neptune at the Poets Cascade grotto, Oeiras Palace gardens

Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Very Windy Day

Cliffs at Parede
I have no idea how old this cross is but I'm sure someone died here, I've seen flowers on its pedestal more than once.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Executioner Patio

Alfama, Lisbon
The last executioner has allegedly lived here (last execution in Portugal took place in 1845).
Alfama is the oldest and most typical Lisbon neighbourhood. The origin of its name is the arabic word Al-hamma meaning bathes or fountains. The Moorish were expelled after the conquest of the city by the first portuguese king, Afonso I, in the 12th century.
The neighbourhood survived the earthquake in 1755 and due to its high location it was not hit by the tsunami.
The architecture in this photo is what we would have seen back in the 16th century.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Little White Men

The Berardo collection on display at the CCB, Lisbon

Monday, August 23, 2010

Water Lily (II)

Oeiras Palace Gardens

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Decay (IX)

Small boat at the Quinta da Alagoa park, Carcavelos

Friday, August 20, 2010


Low tide at Carcavelos Beach
For more reflection shots check James' Weekend Reflections #48

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Skaters Tagging

Old mill at the Moinho Beach, Carcavelos
São Julião Fort (1553) stands in the background

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Architectural Facelift

Tea room at the Oeiras Cultural Center
The building is a small palace dating back to the 18th century

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I'm Back

Sand dunes and cliffs at the
Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, Portugal

Friday, August 13, 2010

Carmo Convent

The Carmo Convent dates back to 1389. It survived the great earthquake in 1755 but the church was severely damaged and has never been restored. The place currently is an Archaeological Museum displaying, among others, pieces found in the rubble at downtown Lisbon.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

August Dryness

Pine Tree forest at Carcavelos next to the beach
Fires are a major problem every summer. It's been really hot and more than 6,500 fires have occurred in Portugal just in the last three weeks.
61 firemen have died fighting them in the last decade.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Different Artists, Matching Colours

The Berardo Collection at the CCB, Lisbon

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cloud Formations

as seen from Carcavelos on a sunny day
A strange phenomenon: DUST RAIN
Two days ago I have mentioned that, apart from the intense heat, the sky was strangely (and heavily) clouded. What I didn't know was that a gigantic dust cloud from northern Africa was covering central and southern Portugal. Then we had some light rain. When it stopped I went outside and noticied all my plants have turned brown as everything else in the open air. Now can you imagine how messy all cars looked like especially the darker ones?! :-)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Somewhere in Central America?

No! Just an auto repair shop at Carcavelos, next to Oeiras

Sunday, August 8, 2010

An Evening at the Park

Monsanto Forest Park is a protected forest in Lisbon, the largest green patch in the city with almost 1000 ha.
The regulation for the park has occurred in 1934 and the works for replantation were carried out by farmers and prisioners from Monsanto Fort.
Days have been very hot again (fires are everywhere), only in the evenings you can enjoy the outdoors. However today is strangely cloudy and cooler too.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Have a Seat

Benches at the entrance hall and yard of the Santo António Church at Estoril

Friday, August 6, 2010

Pine Tree Shadow

Oeiras Cultural Center

Thursday, August 5, 2010

King Pedro V Street

A busy street in Lisbon

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Installation by Os Gémeos on display at the CCB

Exhibit visitors interaction, not a band! :-)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Old Wall at Dusk

Our Lady of the Light Fort (1594) at Cascais

Sunday, August 1, 2010

August Theme Day: Bright Colours

When I thought of bright colours Miró's pantings immediatly came to my mind so I went to the current exhibition at the Oeiras Cultural Center but, once more, taking photos was not allowed; therefore this was the only way of doing it without getting caught.