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The Afalma neighbourhood in Lisbon dates from the days of Moorish occuption. Narrow and steep winding streets and alleys. After the Moors left, the area was a labourers neighbourhood, but after dictator Salazar left, it started turning into a neighbourhood for entertaining. When the evening sets after a warm day, the music starts up and from 21:00 there are a number of places where you can have a bite to eat, while being entertained to Fado music. More about this music in another week. Around 24:00 you drift back to your lodging for a well earned rest and then you happen on a coffee shop that is still open and sit down for a pastel de nata and an espresso with a shot of Aguardente Bagaçeira - just to fill up (so to speak) for the last two kilometers to bed.


This shot was taken when it was still daylight and the young man was playing favourites from the 1970's.



comments (15)

I am glad there is another way to the center...
Louis: There should be more of them alternatives, but this one would take you past the right restaurant.
this busker takes his work much to seriously Louis.... he has all of his sheet music on the ground....petersmile
Louis: I did wonder about the sheet music, as he did play quite well.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 31 Jul 2017, 05:41
It is always good to have alternative routes up your sleeve Louis.
Louis: You tried to tell that to the elephant? They are quite stuck to their ways - as I found out one day. Luckily I had an alternative route.
I really like your washed-out treatment of this scene, Louis, leaving only the most important bits for our contemplation.
Louis: Thank you Ginnie, much appreciated.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 31 Jul 2017, 06:40
I'm sure his music isn't the alternative to the real thing Louis
Louis: You are right about that, Chris. Music is music and he played well.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 31 Jul 2017, 07:04
You create the atmosphere well, Louis - both by word and picture
Louis: Thanks Lisl, appreciated.
Great picture Louis and the sign adds a touch of humour too
Louis: Thank you Bill, I agree. Some more humour from the tiled guy, holding a sword over the busker's head.
He arranged this to drive custom his way
Louis: You will probably be right about that, Martin. Like the proverbial "all ways leading to Rome" there will be many alternative routes to the center.
  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 31 Jul 2017, 10:58
You have a wonderfully eclectic eye, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Ray. There are so many interesting things in life.
I lkke the way you have presented this Louis. It sounds as though you had a problem getting back to go to bed at a respectable hour smile
Louis: Thank you Brian. Yes, that part of a good evening can happen smile
After that espresso, you would be lucky to sleep. I surely could not. Love the photo.
Louis: Thanks. That last two kms walking changes the impact of the espresso, Mary. And probably the rest of the day, which was another 12 kms (est) of ups and downs. Two minutes in bed and I was gone smile
Interesting treatment, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Tom.
Nice street scene, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Frank - happy reunion.
i love the treatment and the mood it conveys, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Ayush
This is a wonderful image, Louis.
Louis: Thanks again, Elizabeth

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