Today I set all my stress aside, rose early (in the middle of the night really) and made my way to Dublin airport. For weeks now I have been looking forward to my trip away and I couldn’t wait to depart Dublin for a trip to Lisbon.
The wonderfully weird thing was that the flight was filled with part tourists, part Portuguese and a huge party of Catholic priests so I spent the two and half hour flight discussing exorcism, confession and the immaculate conception of Mary. No wonder the time flew (sorry pun) by and I felt safe in the knowledge that surely the prayers of all these holy men would be enough to hold the plane in air.
I have never been to Portugal and the once magnificent city of Lisbon seemed the perfect place to start exploring this part of Europe. So when I landed before Lunch in Lisbon I just couldn’t hide my excitement .
Now after my first day of walking Lisbon’s cobblestones my feet are sore, my head is tired and my heart is full. Here are a few shoots I took on my wanderings.
Rossio Square – walking on black and white
Rossio is Lisbon’s main square and dates back to Roman times but has been reinvented time and time again
drinking fountain on Rossio
waiting to be turned on (Rossio)
bubbling water (Rossio)
looking up from the ground
view up to the Barrio do Castelo
TuK-Tuk ride anyone?
the sun caught on the Christmas lights on Rua da Prata
had my lunch is this quirky cafe / vintage shop called “The Other Face of the Moon” (A Outra Face da Lua) just off Rua da Prata
the view you have when walking out
corner in Baixa – the ‘aging’ heart of Lisbon
a church bell
tiled houses are a common sight
door knockers for my cousin
arches down at Praca do Comercio
street lights on the Praca, down by the river
the Igreja da Misericordia didn’t survive the 1755 earthquake (like most of Lisbon) but the portal was left standing with Our Lady of Mercy in center stage
a cheerful cafe
Dom Jose I, king at the time of the earthquake, looks out to the river that caused the distruction
at the harbour
looking across the river
Triumphal arch at the end of Rua Augusta
detail on the Triumphal arch
the other side of the Triumphal arch
falling down, even though Lisbon is a thriving city you can see the decay everywhere, but you can also see a lot of renovation taking place too.
still on the Rua Augusta, Lisbon’s longest pedestrian street
on the square again (Rossio)
up the hill