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Lisbon
May 18, 2008
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The bus dropped us in Praca Da Figueira at the end of this street in the Baixa district. This is the waterfront level area rebuilt on a grid after the earthquake


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Pretty soon we were climbing up into the Alfama district. Here is Sherpa Marian believed to be waving a tiny white flag


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A little further up is Paço a par de São Cristóvão, a small parish church


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Belying its scruffy exterior, the church interior is ornate and quite tidy


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Carving work in on of the small chapels


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Wending ever upwards toward the location of the castle


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Close to the castle entrance stands this nifty little enclosure tucked into a corner of the masonry. The sign on the wall at top right advertizes this as a urinal and it was frequently in use. I did not see any women venturing in however


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A panorama of Alfama looking east up the Rio Teja, or River Targus


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Looking a little more to the north, there is a clutter of red roofs with various parish churches dotted about


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More red roofs with few signs of orderly development


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Throughout this area of Europe, ceramic tile seems to loom large both as an industry and an art form. Extraordinarily, murals such as this one are pieced together from individual tiles each of which is unique within the work


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That particular mural is on the side of the tiny Igreja de Santa Luzia - 18th century, now closed


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A commuter street in Alfama near the Praca de Commerce


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Even laundry could be hazardous for ones health


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In the surviving Casbah area of Alfama


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Joy of Joys - here is the Alfama Grill. We did not eat there, it seemed a bit dressy for us


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Here's that darned Sherpa again, holding up the parade as usual. This is a not a vehicular street


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A person could get lost in here quite readily


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Many street were decorated but we were unable to discover what the celebration was


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This bag lady seemed hampered by her own success


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A parish church along the way


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Descending from the old town toward the cathedral


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Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa is the cathedral of Lisbon and the oldest church in the city. Begun in 1147, the building has been modified several times and survived many earthquakes. It is nowadays a mix of different architectural styles.


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Interior of the basilica style cathedral


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Back down in the flat area of Baixa we noticed this piece of culture lifted right out of Olde England - a British style red pillar-box. The Portuguese have much to thank us for


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Here is the whimsical Elevador de Santa Justa built in 1902 to move folk up and down between Baixa and Bairro Alta


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This once sharp looking tiled building in the Baixa district is a little worse for wear


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At the south end of the Baixa district stands the Arco do Triunfo, the crowning glory of the reconstruction


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Looking north, the Arco do Triunfo is flanked by what were originally grand government buildings. The huge square that extends to the river is the Praco do Coercio


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Under the building run these arcades, nowadays populated by purveyors of tack and the occasional tourist


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Looking to the north east, the commanding location of the original Moorish castle can be appreciated


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In the center of Commerce Square stands this fine statue of King José I from 1775 symbolically crushing snakes on his path. Must be great to be King


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Back at our starting point, Praca da Figueira, we were ready to get on the bus


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This good looking 714 was our bus


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These snazzy trolley cars unfortunately did not go anywhere that we wanted to go


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An alternate to walking around town is to ride the sightseeing trolleys. Less strenuous for sure but their coverage is limited just the main thoroughfares


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Three of Lisbon's finest watering their Segways


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This little tourist watcher turned out to be called Max


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Here, my porter is studying the long term impact of aggressive pruning - the root system is really out of whack


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Back at the campsite, 10 miles or more from downtown, the Portuguese version of high rise dwellings are to be seen everywhere


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Best part of my day was to tip my hat to the campsite guardian as we shuffled back home
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