Saturday, March 31, 2012

Reef Colours

Vasco da Gama Aquarium, Algés

Friday, March 30, 2012

Painted Ceiling

São Paulo Church, Lisbon

The original building was destroyed after the Great Earthquake in 1755. The reconstruction started in 1768.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Morning Light

This building mess, hiding a picturesque labyrinth of narrow streets and small squares, is Lisbon's oldest district known as Alfama(*). This is where the Moorish elite lived until 1147, when the city was conquered by the first Portuguese king. Later it became inhabited by the fishermen and the poor.

(*)All Portuguese names starting with 'al' come from the Arabic language.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Surf Watching

Sea Promenade at Monte Estoril

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012


"That is why death is so magnificent. Because it does not exist,
because only those who have never lived can die."
'Cuatro Campanadas' (Four Peals), Frida Kahlo

"Frida Kahlo: Her photos" exhibit, Lisbon
This post is linked to Taphophile Tragics

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Train Station

Cruz Quebrada, Lisbon-Oeiras-Cascais railroad (1889)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A Brasileira

Iconic café in downtown Lisbon dating back to 1905

Two days ago this place was the stage for police brutality as we haven't seen in years. There is plenty of material on the net but I have chosen this shot showing how this beast in uniform is hitting someone who was just doing her job. Another journalist was severely beaten and taken to a hospital, not to mention the number of injured protesters.

"A policeman strikes AFP photojournalist Patricia Melo during the Portuguese general strike in Lisbon March 22, 2012. Portugal faces a general strike by workers angered by austerity measures imposed as a condition of a 78-billion euro bailout last year but doubts remain as to whether Thursday's stoppage will receive widespread support." [REUTERS/Hugo Correia]

Friday, March 23, 2012

Air Plant Blooms

Two Tillandsias from my collection
This post is linked to Floral Friday Fotos

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Drum Players

Great street performance in downtown Lisbon

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Early 20th Century

Monte Estoril is the locality where you can find more examples of this architectural style on this coastline

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

Graffiti Signed 'Kings Of The Universe'

Abandoned factory at Cruz Quebrada
This post is linked to Monday Mural

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Vasco da Gama Aquarium, Algés

Saturday, March 17, 2012


Vasco da Gama Aquarium (1898), Algés

Friday, March 16, 2012

Barbearia Campos

Iconic barbershop in Lisbon dating back to 1886

This post is linked to Weekend Reflections

Thursday, March 15, 2012

26ºC Yesterday

Avencas Beach, Parede

This is the hottest and driest winter in the last eighty years, it doesn't rain since November. Forest fires take place every day, crops are lost and there's no food for cattle on the fields.

4pm update: There's a thunderstorm now... and it's raining! :-)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Shark Eggs With Embryos

Vasco da Gama Aquarium, Algés

 Egg layer sharks hang the eggs on corals, mangrove roots, etc., hence the 'hairdo' on top. The embryos are attached to a yolk sac, visible inside the egg, which feeds them until they are ready to swim and find food for themselves.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ilustrarte 2012

Children illustration exhibit at the Electricity Museum, Lisbon
(One artist per table, an illustration in every drawer)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Candles For Tibet

March 10 is the anniversary of both the 1959 and 2008 uprisings in Tibet, an extremely significant date in the Tibetan calendar. Most recently Tibetans have been detained and even killed in connection to peaceful protests. Some people joined the resistance and gave a roar of support to Tibetans in Tibet yesterday in Lisbon.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Real People

Mouraria, Lisbon

Camilla Watson is a British photographer who fell in love with Lisbon, where she's living for four years. One of her latest projects is to photograph the inhabitants of this very old neighbourhood and print the shots onto the walls of the streets where they live.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Asian Rhino

Lisbon Zoo
This post is linked to Weekend Reflections

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Decay (LVI)

Quinta das Laranjeiras, Lisbon 

The Lisbon Zoo was founded in 1878. In 1905 it was transfered to the present location, a property owned by the Count of Burnay known as Quinta das Laranjeiras (Orange Tree Farm) at, what was then, the outskirts of town.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Extinct In The Wild

Scimitar-Horned Oryx at the Lisbon Zoo (global conservation program).
It's the largest mammal to have gone extinct in the wild in the last 20 years.

This beautiful antelope species, originally from northern Africa, was introduced to breeding programs on ranches in Texas, USA... for outrageous hunting purposes!!! This is sick.        

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Statue of António Ribeiro, poet of the 16th century also known as the Chiado, at the square with the same name in Lisbon

Monday, March 5, 2012

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Electricity Museum (3 of 3)

Glass crossway at the former furnace

Friday, March 2, 2012

Electricity Museum (1 of 3)

The Tejo Power Station was a real pioneer in electricity generation a century ago.
The building opened to the public as a museum and a cultural center in 1990.
For a wider view check this Wikipedia photo

Thursday, March 1, 2012