“Another look at Lisbon”
Lisbon, Portugal. May 2019. (12 photos)
I stayed for 8 nights in Lisbon (Lisboa in Portuguese), using it as a base for making a few day trips in Portugal. In between eating pasteis de nata and drinking port, I found some time to go wandering and enjoy the Lisbon life.
By the way, I do believe the woman above is pointing at the Igreja e Convento da Graca.
In Lisbon, I stayed in the Chiado District, considered a bohemian neighborhood in Lisbon, sometimes compared to Montmartre in Paris. The sign on the corner of the blue tiled building says “Fundada em 1732” (Founded in 1732). This is Livraria Bertrand (Bookstore Bertrand), the oldest operating bookstore in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records.
“The Art of Melancholy”
Down a small lane in the Alfama, I came across this artwork which portrays a sense of “Saudade”, the essence of Fado music. Oh, and nearby I found a secluded rooftop bar with views across the Alfama. Lisbon is full of secret surprises.
A random tiled wall in the Alfama district. Apart from the beauty of the decoration of azulejos, they act as heat reflectors which is why so many buildings in Lisbon have tiled walls.
I had a big smile when I saw this street art in/near the Mouraria district depicting a woman spraying paint on the face of a guy with a selfie stick.
I love the haphazard layout of the city.
“Elevador de Santa Justa”
An elevator on the side of a hill in the middle of the city built in the 19th century, it was originally a part of Lisbon’s public transport system. However the 45 metre high viewing platform at the top ensures this wrought-iron structure is a popular tourist attraction. The exterior structure is adorned with neo-gothic arches and geometric patterns.
Other public transport elevators can be found throughout Lisbon, often hidden in the back of shops.
“The Lisbon Life”
8:30pm in Lisbon. That’s the Ponte 25 de Abril in the background.
There are so many ways to enjoy Lisbon.
“Dusk at the Miradouro de Santa Luzia”
“While Lisbon sleeps…”
11pm at the Miradouro da Graca.
“Lisbon is the new Lisbon”
That double decker bus has been converted into a kitchen for the cafe below.
This is Part 17 of this photographic series and Part 11 of the posts about Portugal.