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Lisbon is one of our favourite cities in one of our favourite countries!


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Portugal (Sintra and Lisbon), June 2017

Last month we returned to Portugal, one of our favourite countries. The people are so nice, the cost of living is low, and the Portuguese really care about their environment, with almost 100% of their energy needs coming from renewables (as we learnt last year on a wonderful cruise on the Douro river).

We spent 6 days in Sintra, a very picturesque place near Lisbon...

... and 6 days exploring more of Lisbon, one of our favourite cities


Posts about our visit appear below (or click a picture above to go to the corresponding place). The direct links are also here:

[Sintra, Portugal, June 2017]
[Lisbon, Portugal, June 2017]

If you would like to skip the photoblog, then (as usual) click the chevrons (>>) below to move on to my next “normal” post


Lisbon, September 2015




Some posts about our recent visit to Lisbon appear below (or click a picture to go there).

If you are interested, here are the direct links to my photoblogs:

[Lisbon, September 2015 - Local scenes]
[Lisbon, September 2015 - Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, and the walk back]
[Lisbon, September 2015 - Lisbon Oceanarium]


If you would like to skip the photoblog, then (as usual) click the chevrons (>>) below to move on to my next “normal” post


Lisbon, September 2015 - Local scenes


A nice start to the day - early morning at our hotel (location at the centre of this map)


Walking down from the hotel a short distance to the National Museum of Ancient Art. As well as some interesting contents, it turned out to have very nice café with garden on the other side (see below).


Looking back uphill, before entering the museum (no photography allowed inside)


The café garden, near the river



Not too hot, quite a wind blowing from the sea! Looking towards the famous Ponte 25 de Abril (a bridge which never seems to come closer however long you walk towards it!)


Walking towards the city centre from the hotel on a very quiet Sunday morning, I passed this ornately decorated building...


...which seemed worth a closer look!

[Lisbon visit continues in Part 2]

Lisbon, September 2015 - Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, and the walk back

[Lisbon visit continued from Part 1]

We passed The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, a truly amazing place, on a river trip during our previous visit.

It is said to be the world's most advanced centre for research into cancer, brain damage and blindness, both medically and from an architectural point of view. From the river it looks a little like a cruise ship, but it is designed to look quite different from almost any angle in which it is approached.

On this occasion we took a (cheap) taxi to the Centre (location at the bottom left of this map) so that we could walk around it, and then walk back along the river towards the Ponte 25 de Abril, near which we knew there were some nice restaurants.


Inside the centre. This is as far as we could go (and we discovered later that photos inside aren't really allowed)


The best job in the world, possibly - official Lego model creator at work!


The habitat inside is part of the healing process




Looking past the edge of the Belém Tower to the gigantic Christ the King statue, which was inspired by the famous statue in Rio de Janeiro. It was erected to express gratitude because the Portuguese were spared the effects of World War II.



Looking back - showing the aerial walkway to the auditorium


The auditorium (the inside of which is shown here), with sun blinds closed, and a café restaurant that looked like a great place to eat (but opens at 12.30, as do most restaurants in Lisbon, too late for us on this occasion)


Heading back along the river... the memorial outside the Military Museum (one of the best in the world, according to Tripadvisor reviews)


The amphibious HIPPOtrip vehicle going by (we took this trip last year, an excellent way of seeing what there is to see)


Approaching the The Discoveries Monument, built on the north bank of the Tagus River in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator.

In the background is the Ponte 25 de Abril, near where we were planning to eat. It didn't look too far away at this point...




After a long walk in which the famous bridge never seemed to get nearer, we stopped gratefully at the Café In - highly recommended! My spouse chose a smoked salmon salad - this wasn't what she was expecting, but it was absolutely
delicious! Good value food here, too.


[Lisbon visit continues in Part 3]

Lisbon, September 2015 - Lisbon Oceanarium

[Lisbon visit continued from Part 2]

The Lisbon Oceanarium (location in the centre of this map) is said to be one of the best in the world. It is located on the banks of the Tagus (which the locals pronounce somewhat like a sneeze), which is enormously wide at this point, being crossed nearby by the 12km long Vasco da Gama Bridge.


The Ocenarium is is organized as 4 "oceanic ecosystems" around a huge central tank. This is the Antarctic...




I had to look twice before I saw the bird!


The Temperate Pacific kelp forests... I have always had a weakness for sea otters, since I once saw them in the wild like this off Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, California. The Lisbon Oceanarium's sea otters are famous, apparently.


If you like sea otters, too, don't miss this video of an otter giving itself a massage which was shot here...


The Tropical Indian coral reefs



The big central "ocean" is accessed on two levels. We're looking down at a school party on the lower level. The Lisbon Oceanarium has all kinds of educational activities, many of them especially for children (e.g. “sleeping with sharks”, a different kind of pajama party!).


Down at the lower level



The inhabitants are hand-fed on a very scientific diet, designed to keep them healthy and avoid one species feeding on another. In the case of the sharks (no photos - sorry) hand feeding is done at the end of a very long plastic pole! Very interesting video shown in the lower level theatre about all this...



One of the nice features is that the big "ocean" is ringed by natural-looking grottos, which you can look through from outside





Outside the Oceanarium, on the way to a very good (and cheap) fish food restaurant


The area surrounding the Oceanarium looks really interesting (e.g. see “Sights Nearby” here) - worth a day in its own right


If you like this...

[Index of all my photoblogs]


Lisbon, Portugal, July 2014

My wife and I recently spent 4 wonderful days in Lisbon (our first visit to Portugal). We fell in love with the place (a huge and beautiful city, full of art and amazing architecture, with friendly multi-lingual people who don't mind in the least that a foreigner hasn't learnt their language).

The Discoveries Monument, built on the north bank of the Tagus River in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator.

I took the picture above from our amphibious vehicle on a guided tour of the city. One of the other places that we passed on the river was so amazing that I have made it a separate post (if you're interested, you'll find it here).


Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon's Champs Elysée - but this avenue is much quieter and places along it are much, much cheaper (we had a good meal in an excellent restaurant and it cost less than a Prezzo or Café Rouge in England, which won't surprise our American visitors to the UK).

The avenue is nearly 300 feet wide and totally covered in trees - further along the temperature is nearly 100, but the avenue feels much cooler (the trees naturally air-condition it, as well as shading it) and there is always a breeze blowing.


Some places that we passed on the land section of our amphibious tour.


Even ordinary places are colourful and interesting.


Lisbon's Eden Theatre, a wonderful Art Deco theatre/cinema from the 30's, now converted into a hotel. I love the way in which the Portuguese often incorporate trees into their major buildings.

If you like this...

[Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon]
[Index of all my travel photoblogs]


My wife and I recently spent 4 wonderful days in Lisbon (our first visit to Portugal). We fell in love with the place (a huge and beautiful city, full of art and amazing architecture, of which we have seen about 1% if that, with friendly multi-lingual people who don't mind in the least that a foreigner hasn't learnt their language).

I took the photo below from a guided tour in an amphibious vehicle, which tours the city and then goes up and down the river. I can thoroughly recommend the tour (the HIPPOtrip) should anyone visit Lisbon for the first time. It was very entertaining and informative, bilingual in English and Portuguese (at least half the passengers were Portuguese), and serious attention was paid to safety on the water.


This is The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, a truly amazing place. It is said to be the world's most advanced centre for research into cancer, brain damage and blindness, both medically and from an architectural point of view. From the river it looks a little like a cruise ship, but it is designed to look quite different from almost any angle in which it is approached.

The image below is my composite of some of the images from the Indian architects' web site - well worth visiting.

Charles Correa writes (in part):

Click either image above for more from the web page.

It is possible for the public to visit some of this centre: see here. When (not if) I return to Lisbon, this place will be high on my list!
If you like this...

[More about The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown]
[More pictures from our visit to Lisbon]
[My travel photoblogs - pictures and info about some nice places]