Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Narrow Streets Of...




...the old Mouraria disctrit, Lisbon

33 comments:

Joan Elizabeth said...

These streets are certainly narrow. I love the way they curve and climb.

brattcat said...

love the composition of that final shot.

Nefertiti said...

magnifiques petites ruelles tres pitoresque ;o)

Kate said...

All three are unique despite having a common flow. I'd hate to try walking there on high heels!

San said...

I love to walk streets like that, to find hidden secretive and magical places.

Great pictures. Love them.

Enjoy your day.

Dominic Doherty said...

great pictures of a beautiful part of Lisbon... I really like that last picture and I love the second...

Kathy said...

I wonder how old those cobblestones are? Is this street even wide enough for one vehicle? I presume people who live in this area do not own automobiles. Where would they park them?

Cezar and Léia said...

Call it narrow!
God bless you!
Cezar

JM said...

@Kathy: This is the area where the Moors have been confined after the conquest of Lisbon in 1147. Of course both the buildings and cobblestones are not that old, but I can't tell you how old they really are because this district was severely damaged after the 1775 Earthquake but didn't collapse. It's a poor neighbourhood mainly inhabited by immigrants and, yes, I believe they don't own cars.

ladyfi said...

Wow - these shots are spectacular! Love the light on the streets - they seem to secretive and inviting.

Halcyon said...

So beautiful! Reminds me of Italy. :)

TexWisGirl said...

love the cobblestones!!!

cieldequimper said...

Notwithstanding the history, this is a perfect setting for the Portuguese version of Jack the Ripper! :-)

Sylvia K said...

Superb captures of those narrow, old streets, JM! I have to admit I get a feeling of claustrophobia just looking at them, but I'm fascinated at the same time. Terrific post as always! Hope you've had a great weekend!

Sylvia

JM said...

@Ciel: Absolutely! LOL! Can you imagine this place at night? I don't! :-)

VP said...

Impressive and picturesque...

Andrew said...

Fantastic to see... lovely images.

RedPat said...

I LOVE it!

Carolina Tavares said...

Estas ruas tão estreitas, sem dúvida sinônimo de antiguidade.

Babzy said...

i like these narrow streets :)

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Spectacular! I love the cobblestone walkways and the steps are visually very interesting. Lots of great details.

Jack said...

Narrow alleyways like this are fun, because we don't know in advance what we will find when we exit the other end.

Kay said...

Beautiful shots, but I don't think I'd care to wander in such tight quarters.

That isn't one of those odd temple-ish spots at the top of the stairs in the first shot, is it? I'm thinking of the ones you captured a couple of months ago that someone thought might be linked to witchcraft?

Bob Crowe said...

Everywhere in Europe has twisted, narrow streets. Nowhere in the US does.

There is an interesting article about Lisbon in the travel section of today's New York Times. Hope the link works:

http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/travel/how-i-fell-for-lisbon.html?ref=travel

JM said...

@Kay: Yes, it is! What a fantastic memory! :-)

La Principessa Errante said...

What gorgeous, gorgeous narrow streets.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

These narrow streets are so full of character JM, cobblestones, the beautiful pale colours and even intriguing stairways, a photographers dream!

Randy said...

These are wonderful. I am sure they are better in person.

Paula said...

The lines of perspective are enchanting.

Francisca said...

Only in Europe can tight quarters be seen as charming. Great photos, JM.

Gunn said...

Beautiful details in these narrow little roads.

orvokki said...

Ihana kapea katu !

NixBlog said...

Fabulous shots!