Sunday, September 30, 2012

29 S(eptember)

A huge protest against this government and the austerity plan which is destroying Portugal's economy and killing the middle classes took place in Lisbon for the third time this month. 
The international press doesn't seem to be reporting that hundreds of thousands of people have taken the streets in Spain and Portugal yesterday to fight austerity.
(Web image below)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

Church Of St. Mary Of Belém

Jeronimus Monastery (16th century), Lisbon

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Empty Tunnel

Nadir Afonso's tile panels in an underground passage to the sea promenade at Cascais

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Asian Woman And Child

Mouraria district, Lisbon
After the conquest of Lisbon to the Moors (Mouros) in the 12th century, they have been confined to this area, hence the name 'Mouraria'. Today, as many of its inhabitants are immigrants from all over the world, this is the most multicultural district in the city.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Autumn Announced Its Arrival With Bad Weather

Carcavelos Beach
The weather in September and October is usually lovely. Actually it's the perfect time to enjoy the beach as the summer crowds are over. Not this year, it seems, except for surfers, of course. They never give up! :-)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Decay (LXIX)

Abandoned building in Lisbon
This post is linked to Monday Mural

Sunday, September 23, 2012


Alcântara district, Lisbon

Saturday, September 22, 2012

"Acordai" (September 21)

Opera singers joined the 20.000 demonstrators in front of the Palace of Belém in Lisbon, the official residence of the President of the Republic, where a Council of State meeting was taking place yesterday by request of the President because of the social and political events that ocurred last week regarding Portugal's economy.
They sang Lopes Graça's "Acordai" (Wake Up) several times in two hours and, of course, a lot of other demonstrators participated in the choir.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Reflections In A Piano

São Carlos National Theatre (1792), Lisbon's Opera House

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Two Days Left

The September Equinox will take place on the 22nd and the ocean has already gone mad, this pier is almost buried in the sand. (Carcavelos Beach)
And no, those kids didn't dare going into the water here! :-)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Viewpoint (II)

São Pedro de Alcântara, Lisbon (check the previous post)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


São Pedro de Alcântara, Lisbon

Monday, September 17, 2012

September 15 (II)

IMF (International Monetary Fund) office building in Lisbon

(Check the previous post)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

September 15

Nearly one million people marched in 38 cities against the preposterous new austerity measures for 2013 announced by this gorvernment, a clear violation of the Portuguese Constitution. The Portuguese have been constantly forced to make tremendous sacrifices after the bailout in order to pay the successive governments debts and bank frauds. It seems this was the greatest demonstration since 1974, the year of the Portuguese revolution, when the people got rid of Salazar's dictatorship.
These shots were taken in Lisbon.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Decay (LXVIII)

The British Eastern Telegraph Company arrived in Portugal to complete the telegraph lines between England and India. It purchased a property at Carcavelos, which was thought an ideal location being close to the ocean and to Lisbon. The Cable project reached completion in 1870.
In 1932, the beautiful palace in the property (1750's) was transformed into a school for the British children.
When World War Two broke out many people fled to Portugal, the majority of whom were in transit waiting to go to America. A direct result of this was that the school housed 17 different nationalities, making it a truly international school. The strategic placement of the Cable & Wireless Company meant that many British Armed Forces messages were being relayed through Carcavelos. It was just a matter of time until German spies started to decode messages transmitted from Carcavelos to England. Using an old building just outside the company grounds as a base, they tunneled to the cables and intercepted the signals leaving Carcavelos. (St. Julian's School)
I believe this was the building used by the Germans.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Once Upon A Time There Was A Factory

Lisbon's Alcântara district used to be an industrial area.
Glad some icons have been kept to remind us of the past.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Old Tailor's Sign

Maybe I should have written 'Former Tailor's Sign' (Lisbon)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


An old hotel at the windy Guincho Beach

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sign Of The Times

Unemployed beggar at downtown Lisbon

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Back Stairs

Mário Viegas Theatre Studio, Lisbon

Saturday, September 8, 2012

A Tiny Door

Decayed building at Cascais

Friday, September 7, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Partial View

Rossio Square, Lisbon
Highlights in the background: Santa Justa Elevator (grey metal structure) and the ruins of the Carmo Convent to the right

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

People Watching (from afar!)

August nightmare at Carcavelos Beach

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Last photo of the "São Carlos Nights" series (São Carlos National Theatre).
The stage, a recreation of a Madame Butterly performance posted two days ago, is reflected in the mirror.

Monday, September 3, 2012

"São Carlos Nights"



Exhibition at the São Carlos National Theatre, Lisbon's Opera House
This theatre was built in 1792 to replace the Tagus Opera Theatre that collapsed after the 1755 Great Earthquake

Sunday, September 2, 2012

On The Stage

(Some information on the previous post)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

CDP September Theme Day: 'People Watching'

Madame Butterfly performance at the São Carlos National Theatre, Lisbon's Opera House.
It's all fake. It's a cardboard audience, the actors/singers are mannequins and the orchestra is replaced by Puccini's recorded music. This is part of an exhibition called
'São Carlos Nights': 220 years of opera in this theatre.
More to come in the next days.
Click here to view thumbnails for all participants