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Old April 16th, 2017, 03:03 AM   #1
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THE ROMANTIC FAR WEST: LISBON!

If you are in Western Europe, keep going West, and still want to be in a national capital, then you go to Lisbon. This is a city that manages to feel both wordly and sleepy, modern and ancient. It opens up to the Atlantic, but has the mediterranean feel that all those other cities in the Mediterranean would have (none of them national capitals, by the way) if they had ever presided over huge, distant territories. It has the palaces, churches, stuatues and fortifications that you'd expect from any imperial capital. It has the medieval, renaissance, baroque, neoclassical and modern heritage you'd come to expect of any European town of importance. But then, there is also something else, a certain nostalgic, romantic feel that is difficult to describe, but is very tangible. It's in its vibrant Southern colors, its faded grandeur, its tiled walls and even in its joie de vivre. The beautiful location on hills overlooking the mouth of the Tagus, which makes gorgeous views possible at every turn, only adds to the effect. In short, go, already!

The Tagus, reaching the Atlantic a bit downstream, defined Lisbon. From industrial production to leisure, it's still plain to see.























Let's check out the city's newest museum, devoted to science and technology, and its older twin, the Tagus Central, devoted to electrification.




























The same hills that allow all that eye candy also mean a lot of ups and downs and narrow alleys and passageways. It can be tiring, but it's delightful. This isn't really a pristine environment frozen in time. You'll see plenty of modern structures interspersed, which may be detrimental to the local charm, but it also keeps these neighborhoods real. You rarely feel like you're in an open-air museum here.






























There's just no escaping colour here!



























Tiles, tiles! Often blue, but visible in all colours and patterns, they are a Portuguese badge of identity. From single plates with house numbers to whole church interiors, they're never absent!













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Old April 16th, 2017, 10:34 AM   #2
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Lisbon does look pretty special.
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Old April 16th, 2017, 12:28 PM   #3
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Really amazing, very nice photos from Lisbon; well done
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I love Lisbon, one of my favourite cities in Europe. Great shots.
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Old April 18th, 2017, 09:54 PM   #5
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outstanding photos and lovely city - and I know that feeling of nostalgic/romantic and something in between and I experienced that in Venice too.
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Old June 25th, 2017, 06:30 AM   #6
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Colourful Lisbon!



























Sao Vicente is a huge church and convent complex. Awesome architecture and views!











































































If a museum devoted to tiles sounds like something your elderly aut may want to look at but you'd rather avoid, then listen up. The National Museum of Tiles is housed in a former monastery that includes a gothic courtyart, a renaissance courtyard, and lots of gold. Plus a whole lot of tiles! Don't miss it!





















































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Really amazing!
Especially love the views over the roofs!
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Old June 25th, 2017, 02:26 PM   #8
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Nice shots. Proves that skyscrapers aren`t always necessary.
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Old July 8th, 2017, 04:06 PM   #9
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The colourful, never dull streets of the Portuguese capital!

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The National Pantheon is a secular temple devoted to the nation's heroes, including artists and poets. You can go up for a close-up view of the dome (acrophobes abstain!) and great views from the roof.

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Alfama is a section of town just North and East of the actual downtown, Baixa. It's where the hills start, just meters from the river banks. It is most famous for the section where narrow alleys of formely working-class, cramped houses line narrow alleys joined by stairs, much of it inaccessible to cars.

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The cathedral, a gothic beauty with the large courtyard. We'll go in later.

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The Santa Justa elevator is just that, an elevator built to link different levels of this hilly town. The belle-époque iron beauty is now mostly used by tourists such as you and I, but don't let that deter you!

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Delightful Lisbon

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Nice pics! One of the European capitals, I haven't been to yet, but have plans to go there.
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Beautiful Lisbon and its central squares

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The Santa Justa elevator used to be used by locals to go up the steep hill without going up the steep slope,but now it's mostly used by tourists to get a bird's eye view of town.

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The Cathedral da Sé is not as prominently located as cathedrals in other European capitals, and its rather austere outside appearance hides a lot of arts treasures, especially the cloisters, less famous than the Carmo ruins (no ceiling!) next door, but less crowded and very atmospheric!

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Carmo is a tiny enclave just above the lower town, right behind the ruins of the convent, which feels wealthier and more sedate. Carmo square is the focus of the area.

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Scenes in Baixa

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More of Alfama

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Finally,more random scenes... até logo!

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Beautiful pictures! Unfortunately, the ones from the first and second post are not showing.
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Still hanging in central Lisbon for this post.

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Luis de Camoes Square and Largo do Chiado are two elegant open spaces just West of the central station.

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Right where the square meets the "largo" (square-like, broad avenue), two churches face to face: Our Lady of the Consolation and Loreto. I first saw the wooden naves with decorative paintings in Brazil, and came to really love them. This is where the come from!

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If you go West from the Camoes or Chiado squares (downhill), you'll immediately notice a shift in mood. This is Chiado, the traditional elite area of old Lisbone. The buildings are larger, the shops more elegant, the urban grit conspicuously absent. Of course, much larger, luxurious and modern residential areas exist in the suburbs, but this is where old money resides (or used to reside!)

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The Castle area is a bit of a maze, and without actually going through the castle (which I didn't have the time to visit), it can be a little challenging to navigate. I ended up walking in circles.. weird! Of course, if the area is pretty, I don't mind... much! The first pic below shows the entrance to the castle complex.

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I found a way down that didn't require going through the Castle... eventually

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Avenida da Liberdade was one of the first thoroughfares leading out of the town into the newly developed areas in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It's certainly the nicest, fully lined with elegant trees and flanked by elegant grand architecture.

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Street scenes.

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The area called New Avenues is where the modern city starts. The whole area is full is dense, residential areas full of apartments, as well as the new business districts. All styles of the 20th Century are in evidence. From nouveau to déco and from brutalism to post-modernism. The result is not always charming, but it's definitely another side of the city, worth checking out as a contrast. Also, hotels are much cheaper than in the center of town.

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The Chiado Palace, built in the 18th Century has been renovated and turned into a bunch of high-end eateries and bars. It's very elegant and even cosy, but I can't help but think it's a bit of a tragedy that such place has been turned into such a commercial venue...

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Back in Baixa and Chiado, checking out some storefronts and interiors that made Lisbon famous for its elegance. Notice how many shops have been taken over by modern chains, at odds with the original names still visible, even on the ornate ground out front.

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The large Basilica of the Martyrs.

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The famous, historic A Brasileira café

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Into Chiado again

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Downhill from Chiado, now heading towards the river

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The larger square on the edge of Chiado as you head South to the river, it Sao Paulo, with the eponymous church. I love the squares in this city!

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Almost on the riverfront, the Ribeira Nova market. A large part of it is now a hipster place with all kinds of food, and a great stop for a great choice of food under one roof.

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Random impressions

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Old March 5th, 2018, 01:21 AM   #15
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super beautiful in many ways, this city is underrated.
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Thanks, Skylard! Definitely underrated, but still touristy. Not as much as Barcelona, which I visited on the same trip, but I wouldn't call it a secret...
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I prefer cities with no so much tourists, visiting Rome crowded of people wasn't a good experience... Lisboa is great, no doubt about that.
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I prefer cities with no so much tourists, visiting Rome crowded of people wasn't a good experience... Lisboa is great, no doubt about that.
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Old March 5th, 2018, 10:58 PM   #19
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Great, very nice new photos about Lisbon
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Old April 2nd, 2018, 12:02 AM   #20
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Colorful Lisboa!

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Miradouros (Lookouts) in Lisbon exist not only to take advantage of the views, but to provide a place to rest, have refreshments in the kiosks and look at gardens. This is the São Pedro de Alcântara Lookout.

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The Convent of Convento de São Pedro de Alcântara completes the tourist focus of the area.

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Back in Liberdade (Freedom) Avenue, the elegant leafy thoroughfare linking the New Avenues section with the downtown area. This is also the city's golden shopping mile.

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the Avenue will bring you back to the Restauradore Square, the westernmost of Lisbon's main central squares.

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If you are curious enough, you may have noticed that some of your better purchases (shoes, clothes, accesories) from famous labels were actually made in Portugal. There is an artisan traditional in this country that goes from tailoring to graphic design. After decades using manufacturing bases in very low labor-cost countries in Asia, some better brands now realize that savvy shoppers have always looked for quality and not just logos, which has meant that workshops in places with long traditions of detailed handwork have opened (or reopened) in places like Portugal. But even more than that, having weathered the recent financial crisis, the Portuguese themselves have promoted a revival of those traditions, and dozens of new and old brands are back with new concepts, and stronger than ever. Just outside the historic centre, the Príncipe Real area may be the best place to see new Portuguese design showcased in sleek locales and concept shops. The area is also amain focus for the gay community, and upmarket night locales abound.

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The Gulbenkian is among Europe's largest private art collections. The building, a brutalist structure, is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens inspired by Asian traditions. It's definitely worth leaving the central area for a visit to this place!

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Bye for now!

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