25.8.10

Lisbon

I continue with some pictures from our family holidays (see previous posts about Bilbao and Salamanca).

The house we had rented was just some 30 or 45 minutes drive from Lisbon, so we made a number of visits there, although with grandkids and hot weather sometimes the energy lacked.

I had also the great pleasure to meet Blogtrotter who offered me an excellent lunch one day and, another day, an – again excellent – dinner, when I also had the privilege to meet Mrs. Blogtrotter. A charming couple and some very nice moments!

For those who never visited Lisbon, maybe a map can be useful.
The central parts of Lisbon offer some nice hills with steep and narrow streets on both sides of “Baixa” (Downtown). On one side you have the “Bairro Alto” (Upper Quarter) preceded by the slightly lower quarter “Chiado”, where you will find most of the bars and restaurants. On the other side, you find “Alfama”, actually the oldest part of the city, with “Bairro do Castelo” and the old castle “Castelo de Sao Jorge” on the top.
Along the coastline of the Tagus River, “Rio Tejo”, to the west of the centre is Belém (with its “Torre de Belém”,”Mosteiro dos Jeronimos”…) and northeast you will reach a new district, originally created around the World Exhibition in 1998, “Parque des Naçoes”(Nations Park).

The first pictures are from the central pedestrian street, Rua Augusta, leading to the large place on the riverside, “Praço de Commercio”, surrounded by ministry buildings.
A major attraction is of course the lift, “Elevador de Santa Justa”, also named “Elevador do Carmo”, dating from 1902, which will bring you from “Baixa” to the higher “Chiada” quarters.
All over, in the lower or the more hilly parts, you will be struck by the old-fashioned, nice lampposts.
Some shots from bars and restaurants, one of which is the famous “A Brasileira” in the "Chiada" district.
Some views on and from the medieval “Castelo de Sao Jorge”. There were a number of peacocks around.
… and some views of and from the “Torre de Belém”, another major attraction, built around 1520 to guard the entrance of the Port of Belém from where most of the Portuguese explorers (Vasco da Gama…) left. Belém is also where you can find the beautiful Monastery “Mosteiro dos Jeronimos”, which I missed this time (but had seen during previous visits).
“Parque das Naçoes” is a new district, developed for - and further after - the 1998 World Exhibition. It’s today an attractive area; the “Ocenario” is e.g. a fabulous aquarium. In the background you can see (part of) the “Ponte Vasco da Gama”, Europe’s longest bridge.
For the grandkids, the greatest experience was the trip with one of Lisbon’s famous trams.

27 comments:

Simony said...

Hello Peter, it's so funny to hear all those names since we have cities with same names in Brazil!
Is that your grandson? So gorgeous!
The picture of the peacock with a glass/ mirror background is my favorite! Very artful.
And that sign that says "urinol" is a public restroom , right? That's the Portuguese word for such.
You have visited some very nice places. Thanks for sharing.

Mr London Street said...

So glad you posted this - I love Lisbon, one of my favourite cities. You've done it justice too, so many beautiful views and so many wonderful memories. The Bairro Alto, the Baixa, the 28 tram... perfect. Gorgeous post.

Mrs A said...

Thank you for sharing your holiday photos, they were fabulous, look forward to the next post,

Genie said...

Peter, thanks for the quick tour of Lisbon. I have not been but recognize many attractions from JM's postings. The Torre de Belém is fascinating.

My favorite photo is the lamp, mustard-colored wall and the violet stone arch. Lovely colors!

Lo said...

I loved Lisbon when I visited.....walked my feet off and enjoyed every bit.

Your photos are spectacular.

Olivier said...

magnifique, tes photos donnent envies d'aller faire une promenade à lisbonne

"All things French" said...

Hi Peter - I love the top photo - what a steep street but so much ambiance.
~Dianne~

V Rakesh said...

Wow! Lisbon is such a wonderful place. Truly beautiful beyond words! And, meeting up with the Blogtrotters must have been so much fun!

Thérèse said...

Trop riche en détails, je repasserai...

claude said...

Quelle jolie visite de Lisbonne tu nlus proposes là, Peter ! Grand merci de nous faire partager tes vances dans cette ville qui paraîr fort belle.

Cergie said...

Ca monte et ça descend ; maybe j'irai un jour et Gil nous montrera les bons restaurants
Je crois bien que Matthias a adopté ta coupe de cheveu ou serait ce toi qui aurait... rajeuni ?
(J'ai pas que ça à faire d'être sur les blogs, j'ai aussi la confiote des mirabelles du jardin)

BLOGitse said...

Oh boy what a small world - we met Mr & Mrs Blogtrotter in Cairo! and planning to meet them again - in Lisbon! :)
Thanks for sharing these pics - I'm ready to go!

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour dear Peter!
Wonderful pictures from Lisbon.Thanks so much for bring me the memories of our trip there in 2005!
*** Your pictures are much better than mines, no doubt! :)
Glad that you enjoy this lovely place!
hugs my dear friend,
Léia

Adam said...

The dedicated blogger never really goes on holiday!

I must say that your photos make the city look a lot cleaner than when I visited a while back. I love Portugal though, and would go there every year if I could.

JM said...

Bravo, Peter, great work! :-)

Shammickite said...

I haven't visited Lisbon, but YoungerSon and the Bride spent their honeymoon in Portugal, including a couple of nights in Lisbon, and they loved it. As usual, great photos. Do you speak Portugese, Peter?

hpy said...

Sûrement un bon voyage, surtout avec Blogtrotter comme guide.

louisebah said...

I love the city! So much character! I can imagine going camera crazy in this city :)

Trotter said...

Hi Peter!! This is a fabulous post!! I'm flattered and I'll come back with some more time to see it after my week off... ;)

Margarida said...

Peter, I'm happy you enjoyed this holidays around here!
Hope next time you'll come to see the North, namely Porto and Douro region.
You'll love it!
:)

Starman said...

Okay, now you've done it. Portugal is a must see as soon as we can.

Jeanie said...

Oh, Peter, I've been away a bit. And now I have MUCH to catch up on! Show us lots of Spain, but don't forget we love Paris!

Margarida said...

Jeanie! Portugal is NOT Spain! :))))

arabesque said...

your first foto spells lisbon without a doubt! ^0^
such a beautiful city and wonderful fotos.

sonia a. mascaro said...

What a fabulous trip, Peter!
Thanks for sharing those wonderful photos and moments.

Trotter said...

So, I'm back! It's wonderful to see it with foreign eyes... Many years ago we used to take the Saturday mornings to stroll around Lisbon, Michelin included...
Praça do Comercio, Chiado, the amazing Urinol, sunset on the Castle (I think I saw that capture...), Parque das Nações (Expo 98) and the 28 tram... Everything is here! Thanks!!

Vagabonde said...

We spent a week in Lisbon several years ago in spring and we loved it. Did you know that the lift you showed (“Elevator of Carmo”) was built by an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel? It used to be powered by steam.