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Location - South west Europe; Capital - Lisbon; Population - 10.2 million; Currency - Euro MORE PORTUGAL

Lisbon ended up being my favourite capital city in western Europe, mixing waterfront life with al fresco drinking & dining, atmospheric cobbled streets, and superb hilltop views - October 2020.


euro1A recent version of the 10 Euro note











portugal308Near my good value for money hotel was Praca Dom Pedro IV in the district of Rossio - Lisbon


portugal312On the square is what feels like entering a colurful vintage sweet shop, but is actually a sardine shop with wonderfully bright tin can designs - Lisbon




portugal314Next to the square is Praca da Figueira, with St George Castle perched above - Lisbon


















portugal316The pedestrian streets linking the various squares of Rossio - Lisbon


















portugal315Like Porto, the capital has lots n lots of street art and graffiti - Lisbon


portugal320Rua Augusta is the main pedestrian shopping street in Rossio, which also has many cafes and restaurants with outdoor tables along the centre - Lisbon




portugal323Of course Cristiano Ronaldo has a hotel chain! CR7 is his familiar sign off - Lisbon

















portugal325Street art next to the Santa Justa lift - Lisbon

















portugal344The top of the Santa Justa lift (elevador in Portuguese) - Lisbon


portugal346There's great views of Lisbon from the viewing platform, the castle again pictured here - Lisbon




portugal348The 11th century Castelo de Sao Jorge, or St George Castle - Lisbon

















portugal352Looking towards the River Tejo (Tagus in Spanish) and the towers of Lisbon Cathedral - Lisbon

















portugal355A zoom on Praca Dom Pedro IV in Rossio - Lisbon


portugal351The middle tower standing over the Tejo River belong to the Rua Augusta Arch - Lisbon




portugal334The Rua Augusta Arch opens out into Praca do Comercio - Lisbon


















portugal332The square and arch look good at night - Lisbon




















portugal336More arches, this time of the arched walkway of buildings lining Praca do Comercio - Lisbon


portugal335The castle appears again, this time it's above Praca do Comercio - Lisbon




portugal338At the end of the square a small beach overlooks the Tejo River - Lisbon



















portugal339It's a bit smelly around here but that doesn't put off the birds - Lisbon

















portugal340There's a cool outdoor bar further along the waterfront, complete with deckchairs, pictured with the 25 April Bridge in the background - Lisbon


portugal342The impressive frontage of Rossio train station - Lisbon




portugal366Walking the steep climb up to Sao Pedro de Alcantara viewpoint - Lisbon



















portugal369George Floyd messages appear in various locations around Portugal - Lisbon


















portugal368The tram up this hill was out of order but at least there was plenty of street art to distract - Lisbon


portugal370The Sao Pedro de Alcantara viewpoint has plenty of benches on which to take in the views of Lisbon




portugal377Of course it's the castle again.. I took several photos from Sao Pedro de Alcantara but the Santa Justa viewpoint ones are all better - Lisbon

















portugal384The money shot of a tram working its way up Rua de Bica de Duarte Belo in Bairro Alto - Lisbon

















portugal389Some whopping trees in Jardim da Estrela - Lisbon


portugal393Beneath the 25 April Bridge is the Alcantara dock - Lisbon




portugal444The Lisbon tram is a staple Portuguese tourist sight, and a ride on one feels almost mandatory. I took one to the top of Alfama, not realising we'd passed it and ended up on the far side of the city, miles away. Time for another tram ride then! - Lisbon

















portugal453I eventually reached upper Alfama, another location with great views - Lisbon



















portugal449Sao Vincente de Fora Monastery and the dome of the National Pantheon can be made out on the skyline - Lisbon


portugal458A tram passes Lisbon Cathedral in Alfama - Lisbon




portugal460A few metres from the cathedral is Aljube Museum - Resistance and Freedom, dedicated to those who fought against dictatorship - Lisbon


















portugal466The museum held political prisoners during Portugal's dictatorship of 1926-1974 - Lisbon


















portugal464A propaganda poster from the time: 'The wheat of our land is the border that protects us best' - Lisbon


portugal471The walk from Alfama up to the castle passes more street art - Lisbon




portugal472 I really like these swirling ribbons, which are very familiar as there's a couple in London by Otto Schade - Lisbon


















portugal474The entrance to Sao Jorge Castle - Lisbon



















portugal501A bridge crosses a former moat to the heart of the castle - Lisbon


portugal487Peacocks enjoy a free reign in the grounds - Lisbon




portugal496It's possible to walk sections of the castle walls - Lisbon


















portugal484The terraced area affords brilliant views of much of Lisbon


















portugal479On the left is the Santa Justa lift while to the right is the Carmo Convent - Lisbon


portugal478As usual the 25 April Bridge gets in on the act, crossing the River Tejo. On the left you can just make out Praca do Comercio - Lisbon




portugal480A closer look at Praca do Comercio - Lisbon


















portugal511Bird cages hang outside homes, to me the definition of winding up imprisoned animals, but probably better than staring at the kitchen walls - Lisbon

















portugal514I love these decaying, winding, tram-lined streets - Lisbon


portugal517Sao Vincente de Fora Monastery in the Alfama district - Lisbon




portugal51517th century Santa Engracia Church is now the National Pantheon, which honours notable Portuguese figures including various presidents as well as footballer Eusebio - Lisbon

















portugal519Looking inland, Miradouro da Graca provides yet more panoramic views of the city - Lisbon


















portugal523'The most important person is you'. In other words, look after yourself - Lisbon


portugal524Another good place for street art are the steps leading down from the Graca viewpoint - Lisbon




portugal526This mural honours the artist's grandmother - Lisbon


















portugal527Grand buildings tower above the restaurants - Lisbon


















portugal528In lower Alfama, close to the riverfront, is the studded 16th century Casa dos Bicos - Lisbon


portugal528aI'm sure al fresco dining is commonplace but probably more so during coronavirus - Lisbon




portugal535The lower levels of Alfama are linked to the upper section by lots and lots of steps - Lisbon



















portugal530Much of lower Alfama comprises cobbled streets, inclines, steps and residential homes - Lisbon

















portugal531My favourite part of Lisbon is around here, where bars and restaurants provide a lively yet family atmosphere to the narrow streets


portugal532Behind the tourist areas are quiet, sleepy residential quarters - Lisbon




portugal533Drying laundry usually draws attention to the local homes - Lisbon


















portugal534Xanana? This mural seems to be dedicated to love and music - Lisbon


















portugal536An Alfama ginjinha bar serving the sugary-sweet cherry liqueur, with or without a real cherry in it - Lisbon


portugal537When I was in Lisbon in October 2020 there was a 21:00 curfew for bars and restaurants in the capital and surrounding area, so nightlife was quieter and more subdued than the norm




portugal539More outside dining, this time on Rua Nova do Carvalho - Lisbon

















portugal547The Parque das Nacoes area lies next to the Tejo River in the north east of the city, close to the Gare do Oriente train station - Lisbon


















portugal546An inquisitive-looking cat made from plastic and other cast-offs, reminding me very much of the rabbit scultpure in Porto - Lisbon


portugal550The Vasco de Gama Bridge over the Tejo River at Parque das Nacoes - Lisbon




portugal552At 12.3km it's the second longest bridge in Europe (after the Crimean Bridge) - Lisbon


















portugal554A clutch of cafes, bars and restaurants line the river near the station and shopping centre - Lisbon


















portugal553Resembling Dubai's Burj al Arab Hotel, the sail-shaped, 145m Vasco da Gama Tower also houses a hotel, plus a viewing gallery - Lisbon


portugal555Next to the Oceanarium (extremely popular with families) is the water garden - Lisbon




portugal557A great lakeside setting for a cafe-restaurant at Amalia Rodrigues Garden, near Praca de Espanha metro station - Lisbon


















portugal559Looking south from Eduardo VII Park to the river - Lisbon


















portugal561The Mae d'Agua (Mother of Water) was the city's huge 19th century reservoir, and supplied the population with water via the Aguas Livres Aqueduct, completed the previous century - Lisbon



portugal570The train to the Algarve leaves Sete Rios station, passing through Monsanto Forest Park and underneath the 18th century Aguas Livres Aqueduct - Lisbon



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