Monday, April 30, 2012

Decay (LIX)

Santa Luzia Belvedere, Lisbon

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Photo Of A Portrait

Actress Amélia Rey Colaço (1898-1990) in Jean Racine's play Phaedra
Exhibit at the Cascais Experimental Theatre

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

A beautiful bird from New Guinea at the Lisbon Zoo

Friday, April 27, 2012

Inside The Fort

Cascais Citadel

- 1488: King John II built a small fortress by the sea in the village of Cascais;
- 1580-1640: Spain invaded Portugal. The fortress was enlarged by King Philip II of Spain;
- 1807-1810: France invaded Portugal. General Junot, commanding the Napoleonic troops, choosed this strategic place to stay;
- 1870: The Royal Family came to Cascais to enjoy the sea, turning the citadel into their summer house (the Portuguese monarchy ended in 1910).

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

25th Of April Bridge

Formerly called Salazar Bridge, after the dictator who ruled Portugal for 48 years, this bridge in Lisbon got a new name thanks to the military coup that took place exactly 38 years ago.

"A suspected member of PIDE, the secret police, being arrested by soldiers during the Carnation Revolution." - Lisbon, April 25, 1974

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Luís de Camões Square

This is the statue of the epic poet in Lisbon, whose tomb I posted yesterday

Monday, April 23, 2012

Luís de Camões Tomb

Church of Saint Mary of Belém, Jeronimus Monastery (early 16th century), Lisbon

"Luís Vaz de Camões (1524–1580) is considered Portugal's and the Portuguese language's greatest poet. His mastery of verse has been compared to that of Shakespeare, Vondel, Homer, Virgil and Dante. He wrote a considerable amount of lyrical poetry and drama but is best remembered for his epic work The Lusiads. (...) Written in Homeric fashion, the poem focuses mainly on a fantastical interpretation of the Portuguese voyages of discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries." (Wikipedia)
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tiled Balcony

Oeiras Palace south wing

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Bad Reputation

Cais do Sodré is an old neighbourhood in Lisbon next to the Tagus River.
Guess what attracts foreign sailors to these streets, especially at night...

Friday, April 20, 2012

Blooming Mammillarias

Cacti belonging to the genus Mammillaria are blooming now
This post is linked to Floral Friday Fotos

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Cute Meerkats

Lisbon Zoo

The Meerkat aka Suricate has amazing instincts. Even in captivity, grown up members of the group take turns playing the sentinel (top), always looking around for predators (also up for raptors), hence the small man-made 'hill' on their playground.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Decay (LVIII)

Quinta das Laranjeiras, Lisbon

Monday, April 16, 2012

At Work

Abandoned building at Oeiras

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Baptismal Font

The Lisbon Cathedral dates back to 1150. However, some transformations took place over the centuries. Although it has been damaged, the building survived the Great Earthquake in 1755 and new elements were added during the restoration.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012


Some company's office in downtown Lisbon

Thursday, April 12, 2012

World's Oldest Operating Bookshop

Livraria Bertrand dates back to 1732. It was destroyed after the Great Earthquake in 1755 and reopened doors at the present location in 1773.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Temperate Forest

Mafra National Game Park, 27 kms NW of Oeiras

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

West Wing

Pena Palace at Sintra

Monday, April 9, 2012

"364 Suisses Morts"

"364 Dead Swiss", an installation by Christian Boltanski on display at the Belém Cultural Center, Lisbon
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Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Naked Truth

Eça de Queiroz (1845-1900), the greatest Portuguese writer in the realist style, at downtown Lisbon.
This bronze statue is a replica. The original stone work was vandalized during Salazar's dictatorship and it's on display at the City Museum gardens.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Up And Down

Bica Funicular (1892), Bica District, Lisbon

Friday, April 6, 2012

Aloe Vera

Another succulent from my collection blooming for the first time
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Thursday, April 5, 2012


Grévy's Zebra at the Lisbon Zoo

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tree House

Someone's yard at Algés

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

Decay (LVII)

These strange murals are just a few meters apart and I have absolutely no idea what they mean. Jugding from the altar(?) in the bottom pic, I guess some kind of weird cult takes place here. This is Mouraria, one of Lisbon's oldest districts mainly inhabited by immigrants from all corners of the world.

Update: NixBlog has identified the Mandrake on the second mural, a plant used in witchcraft. Thank you!
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Sunday, April 1, 2012

CDP April Theme Day: Cobblestone

Chiado Square, Lisbon

This pavement is by no means the best example of the typical Portuguese cobblestone but the truth is I forgot about theme day until three days ago - thanks, Julie! - and, as I have had no time for a photo tour, this is the only shot I haven't posted that does fit in.
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