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Portugal Part III

So if you did like the last two and didn’t get bored I’d like to invite you for a further recapture of Portugal in February 2013.



In the foreground you see a seller of chestnuts. The nuts are very good and you should definitely try them. Besides of that the sellers add charme to Lisboa. So it is nice to support them either way ūüôā¬†What they are standing on is worth mentioning¬†too. It is a specific Portuguese form of a cobbled pavement called¬†Cal√ßada Portuguesa. An art which the country is known for and which can be seen (and walked on)¬†throughout¬†the city. The patterns are often beautiful and you only have to look down to enjoy them – but don’t run into a tree, please.

In the background you see the Elevador de Santa Justa or also called Elevador do Carmo. It connects the Baixa (downtown) with a higher part of the city (Chiado) and was build by an¬†associate¬†of Gustave Eiffel, the Paris tower guy. It has a steam punk vibe to it,¬†being¬†definitely¬†a genius piece of 19th century engineering. The elevator combines “modern” steel as building material and traditional ornaments as decorative art. But what I personally liked most was the connecting bridge at the top. It lead through a rooftop and – more amazingly – through the¬†remainings¬†of an old church which was destroyed in the earthquake of 1755.


I imagine how the driver saw this house and then a free parking spot and thought MATCH! Or maybe he is the house owner too and fond of the color yellow ūüôā


Another¬†architectural¬†piece of an associate of Eiffel – the Dom Luise bridge in Porto. This one was build by¬†Th√©ophile Seyrig. There is a similar bridge further away from the city centre also build by the same architect before. But Eiffel didn’t give any credit to Seyrig so he decided to compete against his former teacher in the contest for the bridge. After Seyrig¬†won Eiffel was¬†supposedly¬†so angry about it that he decided to build the Eiffel Tower. Or so.


As Lisboa Porto has many viewing points (miradouros) and even more seagulls ūüėČ They told us they are can be quite aggressive and annoying. But as a mainlander I enjoyed them very much and I prefer them¬†definitely¬†to pigeons – or the rats of the skies – as I joke sometimes. They are¬†gorgeous.


The monument for the Portuguese seafarer. It reaches out in to the see and into the unknown with the seamen (and priests ūüėČ ) longing for a new world.¬†The details are just beautiful and I can very recommend a visit in Bel√©m, an¬†interesting¬†and worth visiting part of Lisbon crowned by this monument. You can also visit the top of it and get a great view on the Tejo.


A view of Lisboa from the¬†Castelo de S√£o Jorge. You see the main square and a part of the city not laying directly to the water. Being in the old town you don’t immediately¬†realize how big Lisboa¬†actually¬†is. But being up here you are definitely reminded that you are in a European metropole indeed.