Loving and Learning a Lot from Lisbon — The Travelogue

By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)

Naturally, when one visits a captivating place like Lisbon, Portugal, it’s appropriate to capture the people and places in beautiful digital images. So, as proclaimed in yesterday’s narrative post on Lisbon, what follows is a visual account of our wonderful trip.

Note: The images below represent a “curated” version of the scores of images shot with my trusty little red Nikon Cookpix digital camera.

Please enjoy this visual trip to Lisbon and parts nearby.

Like many great capital cities, Lisbon is marked by many striking monuments to leaders and causes. Not sure who this guy is, but like a lot of leaders of the era, he’s got a pet lion.

Wouldn’t you like to have a Moorish castle in your neighborhood? This one has held up fairly well, having survived wars and an earthquake.

But wait, there’s another castle! This one, the Castelo dos Mouros, can be found in nearby Sintra.

A couple of cool things about the beach town of Cascais: A great street for strolling, excellent people watching, fine food and drink, and minutes from the Atlantic Ocean.

I did dip my feet into the ocean, and yes it was cold. The beach at Cascais was delightful.

On our only foggy day of the visit, I took this image from the Elevador Santa Justa, a 19th Century lift in the Baixa district.

Yes, I asked for permission before taking this image. Wouldn’t you? Look at that sword.

Fado is the beautiful, mournful music of Portugal. We took in a performance on my birthday, but couldn’t take photos. This sculpture near the Rossio train station must suffice.

Hamming it up in the Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Colorful tiles adorn castles, modest homes and Metro stations.

A highlight for me was riding the famous #28 electric tram. Part amusement park ride, part public transit. Way cool.

And from another transit perspective, Lisbon has funiculars. The exterior artwork provided by the locals.

Break away from the castles, plazas and trams and take the ferry to Cacilhas. Like Lisbon, but more quaint. And, the ride was only three Euros — round trip.

A Western-inspired bit of street art along the waterfront in Cacilhas. Who knew the Portuguese liked cowboys.

The view from the balcony of our excellent base of operations, the BessaHotel Liberdade. Somewhat surreal to see modern construction within 19th Century structures.

A stunning 19th century building, just one of so many we observed throughout much of greater Lisbon.

Even a Chicago hot dog fan like me didn’t bite for this Lisbon version on the wiener on a bun. Bacon and mayo on a hot dog?

The view from Parque Eduardo VII toward the city center. No, not named after me, but for some British king who visited a long time ago.

Thanks for joining me on this little adventure to Lisbon and its surrounding environs.

If I could encapsulate Lisbon in a single thought: A colorful, proud, real urban place that has not lost its place in the world, poised to reinvent itself — but at its own pace and according to its own rules.

 

 

 

 

 

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