LISBON: Scene on the Street

A bit of what you see when you’re walking the streets in Lisbon. The blog cities have this in common: Sights on the street are likely to have more impact than heralded tourist spots.

Lisbon, population about 500,000, is big-city Europe.
Color helps make the street colorful.
Side-street Lisbon is completely capable of pouring on the charm.
Shopping and dining off the main street.
Just enough hustle and bustle off the main street.
Buses, our main form of transportation, became stifling as the afternoon heat grew.
Sao Vicente de Fora church rising above the rooftops owns the skyline at Alfama, one of Lisbon’s oldest sections.

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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