Friday, 26 April 2019

Lisbon, Portugal. April 26, 2019. Part I

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Because we arrived a day early in Lisbon we were able to spend more time the next day seeing the sights.

Below:  Louise & I went off in different directions to explore.  Someone was kind enough to take a photo of her with part of the city and harbour in the background.  Nice, yes?
Below:  Reflection of we two.
First for me, of course, were ships.  'Cause that's what I do.
Not too far down the page you will find lots of photos from around Lisbon.
Above:  Crown Princess.
 That fuelling ship again - Guanarteme.

 Below:  Approaching the cruise ship Zenith.
End of ships for today.  Mostly.
Across the road from where the ship tied up was the train station.
 I wandered in; no ticket and no security.
Also not far away is the Church of Santa Engracia.
A prominent landmark near the waterfront.
Above:  Photo by VanGore and stolen from the internet!
The church of Santa Engracia was built in 1681 but it only opened for use in 1966.
(Pre-European Union, so that institution cannot be blamed for bureaucratic delays.)
The endless process of construction spawned a popular expression referring to anything that took a long time:  "The works of Saint Engracia"
Above:  The front door.
The church has been designated as Portugal's national Pantheon.
The church is home to the tombs of many notables such as Manuel de Arriaga, Portugal's first elected president; Amalia Rodrigues, world-famous Fado singer.
What's a Fado singer?
A type of Portuguese singing that is renowned for its expressive and profoundly melancholic character.  It speaks to the often harsh realities of everyday life, sometimes with a sense of resignation, sometimes with hope of resolution.
Click here for an example of Fado.

Anyway, back to the church.

 A bit more about the church of Santa Engracia  click here.

 Santa Engracia died in the year 304.
She was a Spanish virgin martyr, native of Saragossa, Spain.
She was tortured but survived her ordeal.
More here.
Why is it that male martyrs are never described as 'virgin'?
Lots more about this church, including some lovely black and white photos, here
Below:  The church is built of stone.  Just sayin'.
Below:  Views of Lisbon & the Tagus River from the top of the church.

Above:  Moss growing on the wall.
Above:  Tagus River.  The longest waterway of the Iberian Peninsula, about 1,000 km from source to the Atlantic ocean near Lisbon.  In Portuguese it called the Rio Tajo.
More about the Tagus River here.

 Above:  Our ride, Star Breeze.
Below:  Zenith.
 Below:  Crown Princess.

Below:  The sound of children at play and
a parade of TukTuks.  More here.
The end.
The next installment will be photos from a walking tour of Lisbon, in which your author was hopelessly lost yet thrilled with the things he discovered.  And, we share Louise's photos of places I did not go.

Lisbon, Portugal. April 26, 2019. Part 2

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Because we arrived a day early in Lisbon we were able to spend more time the next day seeing the sights.

Below:  Louise & I went off in different directions to explore.  These are some of the photos we took.

Lisbon is very hilly and there are lots of tiny streets winding hither and yon.
There are pleasant surprises around every turn.

Below:  Sign outside the Santa Engracia church.

Above:  An attempt to be artsy.
Below:  hang 'em wherever you can.

Above:  Looking up.
Below:  View from part way up the hill with a ship dominating the horizon.

Above:  Driveway or road?  It is a road, but this person parked there.

Above:  Yum.  Bacon.  But mostly fish.  Bacalao (Cod).
A guide to Portugal's favourite fish here.
Below:  Sometimes the road from A to B is long and convoluted.  Small passageways have been built over time to reduce that distance.  When you follow one of these you never know where you will pop out.

Above:  Modernity intrudes.  As it does nearly everywhere these days.
Artists are everywhere as well.

I asked this woman if she minded be photographed.

Tram tracks.  They somehow squeeze these things onto some very narrow passageways.
Lisbon has a great public transit system.  One pass will get you on trams, buses, subway, funicular and ferries (except one - of course we tried to use our pass on that one).
Below:  One of the many trams.
More on the trams here.

Above:  Sao Vicente de Fora.
It means "Monastery of St Vincent Outside the Walls"
 More here.
Below:  Construction is omnipresent.
Trams are limited to the lower part of the city.
Tram 28 is the 'most famous'.  That means it is often jammed with tourists.  It's more pleasant to take a different tram to experience the ride, then walk along the Tram 28 route.
More on Tram 28 here.
Above:  Opera House.  Not.
"sociedade de instruccas e beneficencia a voz do operario"
Rough translation:  "Society of Instruction and Beneficence the Voice of the Worker."

Below:  A Thinker.

You never know what you will find.

Above:  In Canada they would be sitting in a Tims, discussing the Leafs or the weather.
So much to see.

Above:  Image of a person holding a Carnation in recognition of the Carnation Revolution.
At the time of this revolution I worked in St John's, Newfoundland.  The Portuguese White Fleet were in town and when news of the successful overthrow of the government was received the White Fleet sailors had one huge celebration.
More on the White Fleet here.
Bimbo is the diminutive of the Italian word for little boy "bambino".
 Above:  Bimbo Bakeries is a Mexican multinational.
Its brands include Nutella and Sara Lee.
The bear icon is named Bimbo.
Hey, it's on the internet so it must be true!
Above:  Elevador de Santa Justa is an old wrought iron lift, from 1902.  It takes you between Baixa and Bairro Alto.  Plus you can hang around at the top and enjoy the view.
Below:  I did not risk a Euro to confirm this claim.  Not many people exiting seemed to be overly excited about their experience.
Other people's photos from inside here.
 Below:  "Danger!"
Above:  "For your safety do not pass the fence!"
I think the drawing is way more effective than the wording.
Above:  One of the many small eating establishments.  Some of these are well hidden and are found quite by accident.
Later that same day.
The few passengers who had done the trans-Atlantic cruise had departed.  A new crowd joined and the ship sailed away, bound for Madeira and the Canary Islands.

Cristo Rei.
Lisbon's statue of Christ.  More here.
Fear not, intrepid armchair explorer, we return to Lisbon in a week and spend five days there.  That means lots more photos!