Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Friendly Hammerhead Shark at the Tagus River, Lisbon

Monday, May 30, 2011

A Romantic Window

Details of a point of sale at the market I posted on yesterday

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Saturday Morning at the Market

'Shot', a very eclectic market, took place at Ribeiro da Cunha Palace yesterday. This decayed 19th century building in Lisbon has been the location for movie shootings and some private parties too. Check it here.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Patriarcal Reservoir

This reservoir, no longer in use, was built in 1856 to supply water to the city of Lisbon. It's one of the three buildings incorporated in the Water Museum and it's located right under the pond on the previous post.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Pond Reflections

Príncipe Real Park, Lisbon
Take notice of the 23 m in diameter umbrella shaped canopy of the centuries old Portuguese cypress (Cupressus lusitanica) behind the blooming tree.
For more reflection shots check James' Weekend Reflections

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Three Windows

Sintra National Palace (check it here)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

At an Old Dirty Alley

... you'll find the entrance to the Häagen-Dazs new space in Lisbon.
After a long 'white' passageway...

... there's a shady terrace garden with a view over the Tagus estuary.

For more sign shots check Lesley's Signs, Signs

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hotel Palácio

"During the Second World War, due to Portugal’s neutrality several royal families went into exile in Estoril, which became known as the 'Coast of Kings'. The Hotel Palácio (built 1930) was the chosen home of numerous members of European royalty and was also the haunt of British and German spies, who could often be found in its bar. Later, these stories of intrigue and espionage inspired famous novelists and filmmakers and the Hotel served as the set for the James Bond movie 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'." (palacioestorilhotel.com)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Decay (XXXIV): At the Top of the Stairs

Pombal Palace, Lisbon
(Check the previous post)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Decay (XXXIII)

Pombal Palace (17th century), Lisbon
Apart from this ceiling and one room that have been recently restored, the whole building needs urgent repair.
The palace is being used by 'Carpe Diem - Art and Research' for exhibitions and other events. I went there to attend a singing performance but unfortunatelly my camera ran out of battery - you know the feeling?! - so I'll have to come back because photography opportunities are endless.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Shady Passageway

Praia da Rainha (Queen's Beach) at Cascais

Friday, May 20, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Blue & Salmon

Blue: Saisa Restaurant (1950's); Salmon: São João das Maias Fortress (1644)
Santo Amaro Beach, Oeiras

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Moorish Style

Fountain at Sintra

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

1000th Post

"Pouce", by César Baldaccini at the CCB, Lisbon

Monday, May 16, 2011

Decay (XXXII)

Staircase at the Oeiras Palace gardens (18th century)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Estoril Congress Center

For more bridge shots check Louis' Sunday Bridges

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Great performance by Margarida Vila-Nova
Teatro O Bando, Palmela
For more reflection photos check James' Weekend Reflections

Friday, May 13, 2011

São Domingos Church

The construction of the original building started back in 1241. It collapsed after the 1755 Great Earthquake. All downtown Lisbon was destroyed not only by the earthquake but also by the tsunami that followed it, but the façade of the Royal Palace chapel was rescued and used in the reconstruction of this church, as we see it today (previous post). About two centuries later (1959) a great fire destroyed the interior and roof. Restoration took place (for years and years!). However, all the stonework has been left ruined and I think it looks fantastic like that.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Killing in the Name of God

São Domingos Square, Lisbon
Memorial to the thousands of Jews killed in this place by the Catholic Church. Massacres started in 1506, even before the Inquisition.
(The graffiti says: "Freedom to the people of Palestine")
Tomorrow I'll show you the amazing interior of the church in the background.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

It's Beach Season

Conceição Beach at Cascais
It's a lovely beach but I wouldn't spend one hour here, I need LOTS of space! :-)

Monday, May 9, 2011


One of two fountains at Rossio Square, Lisbon

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Decay (XXXI): Off the Beaten Track

Very old looking abandoned area in Oeiras, actually, one of my favourites.
New constructions are getting closer and closer.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Butterfly Hatchery

National Museum of Natural History, Lisbon

Friday, May 6, 2011

Confeitaria Nacional

Long-standing pastry shop in Lisbon (1829)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Decay (XXX)

Henrique Sommer House (19th century) at Cascais
The sign says this will be the Local History Center. When I saw it for the first time I thought restoration works were about to start. Several years are gone now...
For more sign shots check Lesley's Signs, Signs

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Pinkish-white Carpet

Succulent in full bloom at Carcavelos Beach

Monday, May 2, 2011

Dome and Bell Tower

Estrela Basilica (1779), Lisbon