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End of the line


I have seen the same sight in many of the world's really old cities and towns. Hard to imagine, when the pundits tell you that you should invest in property - is that properties also reach an 'end-of-line'. This property is just outside the eastern gate of the castle on Castle Hill in Lisbon. Some modern homes show on the horizon line, above the ruins of what must have been a big house, towering over that front wall. I like how time shows in the various approaches and materials evidenced in the now bare walls.


Two homeless pot-smoking types were hanging about, one with a guitar and the other pretending to sing. When I took this picture (taking care to leave them out of the picture), they started demanding that I should generously contribute towards aintenance of the property. While smiling a big one, I explained to them in Afrikaans that on the show of the property deed certificate, I will tender an advance of 1 euro each, towards their favourite weed fund. I patiently waited for them to produce the paper work, but to no avail. I then bade them a fond farewell and walked off, leaving them grumbling. 


May you all have brilliant weekends.



comments (12)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 11 Aug 2017, 01:03
I loved your Tourist's tale, Louis!

And, your image is wonderful!
Louis: Trips like this is full of these tales. And, thanks, Ray.
Terrific shot and wonderful story!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth - and so life goes on.
Quick thinking on your feet, Louis. And WOW, what an "end of line." FREEDOM, indeed.
Louis: Thank you Ginnie - yes, it is a property investment advisor's nightmare.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 11 Aug 2017, 06:25
A great image Louis, and a great tale too
Louis: Thank you Chris. Encounters of another kind.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Aug 2017, 06:40
Despite the love signs, this looks very sad, and a wonderful story!
Louis: It is sad to realise that normal dwellings don't stand forever, Philine.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 11 Aug 2017, 08:23
This whole site looks like a piece of art Louis.
Louis: No doubt the two pot smokers hold decorating parties at night, gutteridge.
It's about that sky! Funny story to accompany this so interesting image.
Louis: The sky drew me the most to take the picture - a bit unusual I thought. Thanks Mary.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 11 Aug 2017, 14:56
Interesting in its disintegration, Louis
Louis: Quite so, Lisl. I like the different layers of materials used over time.
Ready to eb knocked down I would think. You were brave when the two guys approqached you.
Louis: Probably awaiting the approval of new development plans. I don't believe braveness come into it. More a case of appeal on their sense of reality.
Just a little past their best you might say smile
Louis: Just a little, Tom
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Aug 2017, 06:58
'Two worlds' here and often this is seen when you go to 'the end of the line' in a city. Good for you with the two guys...
This is quite the picture. It almost looks like the 'underworld' here.
Have a brilliant weekend yourself too.
Louis: It is probably a no-go zone after dark. What mothers warn their children about. Thank you Astrid.
Quite a ruin...
Louis: True Larry.

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