Wednesday, 5 October 2011

At Lisbon...


5th October 1143 - Portugal became an independent nation and kingdom by the Treaty of Zamora. Today, Portugal celebrates 868 years of history! In spite of the fact that my country has no official celebrations of this important historical date, I always celebrate it. So, Congrats Portugal! :-) To celebrate my country's birthday, I want to share with you some Lisbon pictures, from last September, during my staying in Portugal :-) I took an afternoon just for myself.

 A walk in the city's downtown ( A Baixa)... Cais das Colunas (18th century)


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Enjoying the Tagus River ( O Rio Tejo)...

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Looking at the south bank of the river Tagus...

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Enjoying one of the most beautiful squares in the world with its magnificent view to the Tagus River and the Cais das Colunas...

Praça do Comércio (18th century) / Comércio Square Arco da Rua Augusta / Augusta Street Arch


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A new restaurant in the square... (at least for me) ;-)


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Estátua do Rei D. José I/ King D. José I statue


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For the first time, I visited the Terreiro do Paço (the previous name of Praça do Comércio) and Santa Apolónia metro stations. This one is specially pretty with the tiles about the trains. Santa Apolónia is Lisbon's main train station. Also for the first time, I saw the Terreiro do Paço new ferryboat station! So different from what I remember! So large and modern! After my stroll in Baixa, I went to Chiado, Lisbon's cultural place par excellence and also the most expensive district... This picture from Rua Garret/Garret Street was taken in Armazéns do Chiado, a shopping center managed by a Dutch company, the Multi Mall Management.


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From the shopping center lady's rest room, I took a picture of Castelo de São Jorge/Saint George Castle...

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...and of our Cathedral, a Sé...

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In Chiado, I went to Bertrand Bookstore to feel the typical smell of this exquisite place, after all the oldest bookstore in the world (1732). Then I went to Santini, to enjoy the best portuguese (if not in the world!) ice-creams. I must say I went there twice. The ice-creams are absolutely delicious! Walking down Rua do Carmo/ Carmo Street, another pretty Chiado's street, listening a fado from Amália, I stopped to take a picture of the Elevador de Santa Justa/ Santa Justa Lift...

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...and to enjoy another great view of the Castle and the downtown...


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Finally, I went to another part of the city, the Avenida Duque d' Ávila. I was curious about the city's new ciclovia (fietspad), but I didn't see any bikes. However, a couple of days before, I saw someone on a bike in a ferryboat. Such a surprise, I must say.

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I hope you have enjoyed this mini-trip in Lisbon! For me it was very special! See you soon! Ponte Vasco da Gama/ Vasco da Gama Bridge

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8 comments:

ana said...

Sandra,
Tão bonitas as fotografias que levou de presente desta nossa Lisboa plena de Luz.
Beijinhos e parabéns!:))

Sara said...

Nos últimos 4 anos, fui a Lisboa com alguma regularidade, sempre a trabalho. E fico sempre com a nítida impressão de que o deveria fazer pelo simples prazer de a conhecer melhor.
Obrigada pela tua tão cuidada reportagem.
Beijinhos e bom resto de semana!

Presépio no Canal said...

Ola, Ana :-) Obrigada :-)
A luz de Lisboa e unica, nao e? :-) Lisboa e a verdadeira cidade luz! ;-)) E a ligacao ao rio e soberba! Muitos beijinhos!!
PS: Setembro foi um mes espectacular, nao foi? ;-) Ate a data, tenho sempre apanhado bom tempo nesta altura.

Ola, Sara :-) Tocaste na mouche tambem: o prazer de conhecer melhor a cidade. Foi exactamente o prazer da redescoberta que motivou este passeio. Fui a procura das novidades ;-)) Mas tambem queria ter ido a outros locais: aos jardins da Gulbenkian, ao miradouro da Graca, as Vicentinas....Bem que podias ir la comer uns scones por mim ;-)) Beijinhos! Boa semana!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Sandra,

There is a history here that is unknown to me, but intriguing for again, I see a MIX of Spanish, Basque and French....what a BEAUTIFUL CITY AND IT IS YOUR WORLD!!!! Much love to you and thank you for coming to visit with me today!!!! SO GOOD TO SEE YOU! Anita

Presépio no Canal said...

And I'm always glad to see you here, Anita! :-))
Veel kusjes!!

Les Trois Jardins said...

Hallo Sandra,
Je bent in Lissabon! You know it is one of my utmost favorites!
I have not been around in blogland for a long time, I lost all my edited pictures, etc. I keep being thrown out of the wireless at home, it is all hopeless. Hope to be soon up and running again in blogland.

Nisha said...

The world is really beautiful. Isn't it? :-)

This is one of the places that I wish to visit one day.
Thanks for sharing.
Nisha - Le Monde-A Poetic Travail

Presépio no Canal said...

Yes, it is, Nisha :-) Very beautiful :-)