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


From my web site...

[Some Places to Enjoy Life... In Portugal]



The garden of our wonderful Airbnb place where we stayed in Sintra (click the image for more info)

People interested in my web site may like to know that I have added a new page on Portugal for armchair travelers (or people who might be thinking of going there).

Portugal is a relatively recent discovery for my family, and it didn't take long to fall in love with the country and with its very friendly people. The cost of living is low, and the Portuguese really care about their environment, with almost 100% of their energy needs coming from renewables.

If you have never been to Portugal... then I highly recommend it!


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


Cruise on the Douro River, Portugal (with a day trip to Salamanca in Spain), June 2016

We recently went on a 7-day cruise on the Douro River in Portugal, a wonderful experience. This cruise started and ended at Porto and included navigating 5 locks, among them the highest single-lift lock in Europe.

We saw many examples of Portugal's use of solar power and hydro-electric power, and learnt why its world-leading investment in renewable energy is so good for its economy, as well as for the environment.


Click the above image to see the trip itself...


...or click this one to see my photos of some of the art we found in public places


We also visited the Art Nouveau and Art Deco Museum in Salamanca. Photography wasn't permitted there, but click the picture for my post about it.


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

[Cruise on the Douro River]
[Some Wall Art Along the Douro]
[The Art Nouveau and Art Deco Museum, Salamanca]


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



This is my photograph of a painting by the Portuguese artist António Neves, hanging in the lobby of the hotel in Lisbon where we stayed recently. (I took it from the side to avoid glass reflections, and then fixed perspective etc. with image processing.)

I have posted some photos of our Lisbon trip here.


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]



The Iniciatic Well on the Regaleira Estate, Sintra, Portugal (another great image of this place will be found here).

Thanks to masnich9 for this one!