Sunday, May 08, 2016

Lisbon: An Evening Stroll

From Rua das Poras de Santo Antao where our hotel was located it was easy walk to plazas, shopping, sightseeing and eating. When we had to cut short our HOHO tour due to many people were congregating on the streets (there was a big football game between Lisbon and Germany -can't remember which team), we thought the best thing to do was take an evening stroll, despite the drizzle and the cold. After all this may be the only chance we have to do so.

We walked to the Comercio Square which we passed on the HOHO tour. Comercio Square has a waterfront location and originally called Tererreiro do Paço or "the palace's square". It is where the royal palace stood for over two centuries until 1755, when its was destroyed by the Great Earthquake.

On the north side is a triumphal arch. In the center of the square is a statue of King Jose I showing him on horseback, wearing his emperor's mantle, and measuring 14 meters in height counting from the pedestal.
2014_10_5 279

2014_10_5 275

IMGP3101

IMGP3092

2014_10_5 281
From here you can see the 25 de Abril bridge (which is the twin sister of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco) and the Monument to Christ which is a figure of Christ with arms wide open (inspired by the Christ the Redeemer from Brail).

Through the triumphal arch is the main pedestrian street lined with stores and restaurants, the Rua Augusta. The rain was coming down hard by the time we were here so we ducked into a store and shopped for souvenirs.

IMGP3087

IMGP3081

IMGP3082

Afterwards, we thought about dinner plans. What would we do about dinner? Along the length of the street were pastelerias and we read how we should have these wonderful baked goods especially the egg tart.

2014_10_5 290

2014_10_5 250

2014_10_5 251

IMGP3076

IMGP3077

2014_10_5 254
Stand on the counter, order coffee and a few items to munch.

2014_10_5 255

2014_10_5 253

The strong hot coffee and the sweet pastries gave us a boost of energy to sustain more exploration of the neighborhood.

IMGP3113

IMGP3112

IMGP3114

OUR WORLD TUESDAY

14 comments:

  1. It is such a beautiful City Maria. The lighting in your photos is fabulous. Food looks good too.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Lisbon is so pretty, and I had no clue about the sister bridge to the Golden Gate. Very interesting. Well done on your night time captures of the city.

    Lisa @ Life Thur the Lens (www.lisakerner-slp.com)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'd be sure to check out that particular Hostel you've mentioned once I visit Portugal.
    I love Lisbo, very much reminded me of Madrid! only it's all in Portuguese. ^0^

    Love your snaps as always. ^-^

    ReplyDelete
  4. So much good food! And nice shots.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hello, lovely shots of Lisbon at night. The pastries and coffee sounds yummy. Wonderful series of photos. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great photo series from a favourite city!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Looks like a marvelous place to visit. Great shots!
    Thank you for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-cats-of-san-juan.html

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thank you for your very beautiful and delightful evening stroll through Lisbon ~ gorgeous and creative photography ~

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

    ReplyDelete
  9. Lovely! I remember having a meal at Rua Augusta, too bad it was raining when you went there. :(

    ReplyDelete
  10. I know I would like Lisbon because it remembers me a bit of Madrid. I do not know what it is but that Iberian Peninsula flavor is palpable there. Those pastries look delicious (and I bet there are way more good dishes in there).

    ReplyDelete
  11. I am loving your trip as much as I had loved mine. Such fantabulous captures.
    Wish I had bought more souvenirs from there.

    ReplyDelete
  12. The night scenes don't look like nights at all, as much as we know our nights here. There the skies are still lighted, reminding me of my Sweden trip when the sun is still at the 4pm position back home even if it is already 9pm. I love your captures of course, all the time.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wow! Love seeing "Casa Brasileira". As you know I am Brazilian.
    Love all pictures! You are a great photographer!

    ReplyDelete