This is the moment when, even thou I have not seen Sintra so well, I kept thinking of the date I should return because there are just too many things to see. I will not say that Lisboa is a waste of time, but sure ain’t wow. It has colorful buildings, and bridges, and the classic ceramic tiles on the facades that at times are great. The city is full of people of all ages, but I found more to be young (I visited only the center + a trip along the river totaling 24 hours in 2 days)
The area traveled on foot is roughly the one seen on the map above. Of all this trip there are parts where I saw nothing special, but decided to continue, just to get to Oriente. Basically, on the first day we started in the center city. Visited Fnac and bought something bad to clean my Focal Lense (never do that, even if your images will not suffer, you will, every time you look thru the viewfinder.
The long walk started at the station Cais do Sodre as seen in the previous post, and first image of this post is with Mercado da Ribeira, followed by the park just next to it.
Wondering on the narrow streets, with zoom lenses and camera always on, I found this corner, which I really don’t remember (back then I would not take notes) but look how well the apartment building fits next to the church, and the blue sky. An right about the same place there was this other building, Chocolate vs Vanilla.
At Praca do Comercio, all people were gathered next to this person, and making photos with the soap-bubble balloons, myself included.
Now there was something that I found comical about Lisboa, that will stick with me a long time from now on. The are tower cranes everywhere! And this is not just in Lisboa, but in Sintra, Ponte de Lima, Porto, Braga… When I see them some place else (after this trip to Lisboa) I remember of this spot seen in the image bellow. Dom Jose I and the Arco da Rua Augusta and in between, from almost every angle visible, the giant tower crane.
Well after playing and making pictures, we decided to walk to Oriente, and also eat something on the way there. While this next picture is not the best one I ever did, but it is of the place I eat delicious (not to salty like in most Iberic peninsula restaurants), nartural and above all fast. Well I find just Galicia to be slow at taking orders…
Now comes the trip to Oriente train station. One thing to mention if you do the same. Is not a bad walk, but unless you are a fan of trains and boats, you are better of by walking closer to the buildings and not to the river. There is not much to see, but a more poor Lisboa…
This next area, and the final on daylight, I will generally name it Parque de das Nacoes. I had such fun in this place, made the whole trip on foot here, on full sun heat, be worth while.
The view on the first longest bridge I ever was on (Vasco da Gama bridge on the right side), the Telecabina Lisboa, Vasco da Gama Tower in the center and the Atlantic Pavillon to the left. Just a fraction of it in the far left is the Lisbon Oceanarium. The image was taken in the Jardin das Ondas.
This next place: Pala do Pavilhao de Portugal, is one of those things that you need to see to belive. Is amazing how huge the roof is and also made on concrete with tubes. All this park was done in 1995-98 for the International 98 Expo.
The view of my national flag -> Romania (second from the right, first row)
Comercial center Vasco da Gama
If you havent seen the first post, I advise you to do so, because each one completes the other.