Lisbon, Portugal

Random Lisbon stuff today. These three photos were taken on my walks around the city. It’s not often one sees a tram without advertising, so this was the main reason for taking this shot, the tram dates from the 1930s, there seems to be little difference in this scene between now and then. I never tire of the view across the River Tagus, this one was taken in the morning.


Praça do Comércio

We’ve had a really mild winter so far, hardly any rain at all, the photo here was taken on a rare rainy day, turning the pavements into mirrors. This view of Praça do Comércio today, was built after the earthquake of 1755, which completely destroyed it. I recently discovered a representation of what the area looked like pre 1755, on a azulejo panel at the Miradouro de Santa Luzia.


Praça do Comércio pre 1755
‘Lisa’

It’s a while since I wrote about urban art in Lisbon, ‘Lisa’ is by Tami Hopf, undertaken as part of the Paratissima contemporary art festival in July 2016. The entrance to the public toilets near the Miradouro das Portas do Sol, have an interesting depiction of the history of the city up to the 25 April 1974, the day of Carnation Revolution.

Cavaleiros da Posta Real

Illustrator Nuno Saraiva created Cavaleiros da Posta Real, the inspiration came from Etienne-Jules Marey’s horses, the 19th century photographer who was one of the pioneers of animated film. The goal is to recall the commotion that once surrounded the neighbouring Correio Velho Palace.


Half Bear and Half Fox are by Bordalo II, a Lisbon born artist who makes art using trash, I’m becoming a fan of his work. He states, ‘I create, recreate, assemble and develop ideas with end-of-life material and try to relate it to sustainability, ecological and social awareness’. My latest discovery of his is the Half Fox on the side of a house.

Half Fox

Last weekend was Carnaval and as part of the celebrations the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, performed a Concerto de Carnaval, all members of the orchestra wore fancy dress, some of the audience wore masks or dressed up, there were streamers to throw and a confetti cannon signalled the end of a brilliant concert.

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