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Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Old, vibrant, testifying of glory years, showing the results of Salazar's dictator years, pulling itself up by it's shoelaces and the Portuguese are a friendly people. A country and a people with a heritage going right back to the Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors, Christian friendly royals, Knights Templar, start of the colonial period of spectacular riches, short Spanish rule, back to Portuguese rule - ended with Salazar's dictatorship, ending of Salazar's rule with the Carnation Revolution, end of colonialism, rebuilding of the country.


I thoroughly enjoyed the visit and having had the opportunity to converse with lots of different people, I gained the idea that they are serious about that rebuild and creating a future for themselves and their following generations.


I am taking the picture from Miradouro da Nossa senhora do Monte (Miradouro = is a like a small park but with a view. The rest of the name means "Our lady of the mount"). Right across is the São Jorge Castle, an 11th-century, hilltop Moorish castle & royal residence with palace ruins & archaeological museum. The flat area to the right of the castle hill is the area known as the Baixo, where I stayed in Lisbon. The river at the back is the Tagus or also known as the Tejo, that links Lisbon to the Atlantic. 


After booking in at around 16:00 I started walking from the Baixo to this viewpoint. Got lost in small winding roads and that is costly in terms of the number of ups and downs you have to walk. So for the last km I took a tuk-tuk, that dropped me here. Got a lot of advice from the driver, in the process. My orientation improved to near 100% once I was at this viewpoint.


So, from here I walked to the castle hill and then cruised around the Alfama area, which is behind the castle hill. After taking in some Fado performances I looked up my bed back in the Baixo area.




comments (15)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 24 Jul 2017, 00:22
Joli point de vue sur la ville, j'aime.
Louis: Merci beaucoup, Martine
  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 24 Jul 2017, 00:51
Got me from the first frame, Louis.
Louis: Glad to know, thanks Ray.
ahhaa, here we go, Louis. always good to get your bearings aligned.
Louis: Getting the bearings - quite important, I agree Ayush.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 24 Jul 2017, 05:35
You have done a good sales presentation on Lisbon Louis. I liked it here and found the scale of the city comfortable and manageable.
Louis: It may come over as sales smile Reality is that it is what I felt about Lisbon and Portugal in general. People I can get along with. Your comment about the scale of the city is quite true - if it wasn't for all the hills, the touristic part of the city would be a breeze by foot.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 24 Jul 2017, 06:25
You had quite a walk-about, Louis, but all the better to take a place in
Louis: Always the best way and I enjoyed it, Lisl.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Jul 2017, 06:43
Oh, wat voor een indrukwekkend uitzicht!
Louis: Echt een belevenis geweest, Philine.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 24 Jul 2017, 06:49
A place so obviously full of charm Louis
Louis: With visible roots going back, all the way to the time of Moorish occupation, Chris.
Astrid and I have Lisbon on our to-visit list, Louis. Now that you seem to recommend it, it goes up a notch or two. smile
Louis: I had a very positive experience, Ginnie. You can fill up 5 days easily, especially when you include places like Sintra and the other coastal towns in the area. All reachable by bus or train, in less than an hour. I was there for three and a half days and there is a lot I haven't seen or done - but then, I had the rest of the country on my itinerary as well.
A fine introduction to your visit Louis, Lisbon looks like somewhere to wander around happily
Louis: Thank you, Bill. It is a place for the happy wanderer.
Fascinating to know this info accompanying this absolutely stunning photo.
Louis: Thank you Mary. It is easy to write about a positive experience.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Jul 2017, 12:50
That is quite the view. Lisbon is on our bucket list...
Great story with it too smile
Louis: Thank you Astrid. You may want to take a look at my reply to Ginnie.
You certainly packed in some walking, Louis! It's a wonderful city - I used to visit there to teach two or three times a year or about 20 years and came to love the city.
Louis: It is easy to fall in love with the city and country - I did.
It is a fine viewpoint to get some idea of the layout. I note a large church/monastery on the left, I hope you show us a little bit more of that during your series.
Louis: If my memory serves me well, that is a girls school and ex-monastry. I didn't visit that one, but I did many others.
judging by the history that you wrote about Louis... i am going to enjoy this series....petersmile
Louis: Each one of those time periods will feature in some way during the series. I really enjoyed the visit and brought back 1200 good pictures.
This is a really beautiful view, isn't it! I look forward to seeing more!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth. There will be lots more from Portugal.

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