A Weekday in Lisboa

Lisbon was said to have been founded by Ulysses. It was an ancient Roman city, then a palatial city of the Moors, with a hundred thousand souls living in the hills of the Alfama, while Paris was still a small and frozen town. Theatre of the terrible earthquake of 1755, which, people in the streets […]

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La dignité d’un Portugal en tutelle

Chronique d’un court séjour au Portugal, sur fond de crise économique… C’est dimanche, mi-février 2012. Comme les quelques touristes perdus dans une Lisbonne hivernale, je profite de la journée pour aller visiter Belem et son fameux monastère. Débarquant à la station Cais-do-Sodré, je découvre cette marée humaine qui domine les rues, les monuments, les rails. […]

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255 Years Ago Today: The Lisbon Earthquake

On this morning 255 years ago, Lisbon was one of the richest cities in the world. Wealth had been flowing in from Portugal’s colonies ever since the great wave of Portuguese exploration began in the 1400s. A new palace and opera house had recently been completed, and the 300,000 or so residents were observing one […]

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Elevador da Bica

Lisbon

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Every Street is a Mosaic

Even the most ordinary street in Lisbon is a mosaic. The stones may be simply-hewn blocks of some kind of gray rock, or elaborate black and white designs, as found in the praças. Obviously putting them in place and maintaining them is labour-intensive, but they have the advantage of providing an easily-repaired surface that also […]

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Saudade

Lisbon is an unexpectedly quiet place. It is unexpected because, stereotypically at least, large Latin cities are supposed to be brash, chaotic and teeming with life. Rome certainly has perfected the art of chaos and Madrid is nothing if not lively, but Lisbon is comparatively reserved, almost secretive. As you wander up and down its […]

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Lisboa: Up, Down, Around

The geography of Lisbon bends pespectives – up, down, and around its seven hills. Beyond the occasional slow-swooping streetcar, the dramatic undulations of the city’s streets are broken only by its graffiti, which boldly explodes against pastel-painted houses, or grafts messages – somehow both timely and timeless – deep into centuries-solid walls.

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Summer Nights In Shadowy Streets

Summer nights in Lisbon’s Bairro Alto

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Prazeres 28

As dusk falls on Lisbon, the number 28 tram rattles into the Largo do Chiado, past crowds gathering for an evening in cafés, bars, shadowy streets. It stops at a red light. The conductor looks down, his face inscrutable. Then, with a lurch, the tram is off again. It disappears down a bend in the […]

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The Hills of Lisbon

View from the Santa Justa elevator Stumbling down the Calçada do Sacramento Dinertime in the Calçada do Duque

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Alley Cats

“Princess,” Rua do Duque, Lisbon “Don’t feed the cats,” Macau

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