LISBON: Scene on the Street

A bit of what you see when you’re walking the streets in Lisbon.

Lisbon, population about 500,000, is big-city Europe.
But old-world charm is everywhere just off its main streets.
Lisbon is built on hills, and there’s always something to see when you look up.

Even windows, doors, balconies and (tiled) walls deserve a moment’s attention.

As good a shot of the 360-foot Statue of Christ the King as we could get from across the Tagus.
Campo Pequeno, a prominent Lisbon bullring.
Rossio Square, said to be the liveliest in the city. That column is supporting a bronze statue of Pedro IV, King of Portugal and first emperor of Brazil.
In the center, between buildings, is Igreja de São Domingos, dedicated in the 13th Century and once the largest church in the city. Formerly host to royal weddings, it now is a national monument.
Sunset at Santa Maria de Belém church.
That sign on the WWI Memorial in front of the Spanish Embassy says “Greve Geral,” meaning “general strike.” The strike included pilots and airport staff, and our flight home was delayed the day after we saw this sign.
Sunset with cable car and Vasco da Gama Bridge near our hotel. The 11-mile-long bridge is the second longest in Europe.

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