Whenever there are claims that a place may be the most beautiful capital city, I’m skeptical. I admit this is largely because I’m not much of a city person. Whenever we visit a capital I tend to like to pass through as quickly as possible, and often it’s amazing I visit any at all. While Lisbon is still too much ‘city’ for me, it is a place I won’t hesitate to return to if the opportunity allows.
weren’t there for more than a few hours, and I was more taken with the
tiled buildings, and the view of the river than anything else, so am
unable to report what the city has to offer. I would recommend a trip on
the water to fully appreciate the expanse of the bridges.
most famous of these is the one modelled on San Francisco’s Golden Gate
bridge. 230 above the water, it is possible to view the cars passing
overheard and it’s a good opportunity to make use of a camera with a
good zoom function.
bridge was originally called Salazar. These days its official name is
the 25th April Bridge after the 1974 revolution, but some also refer to
it as the Tagus Bridge (the waterfront lying along the River Tagus), or
more simply, ‘The Bridge’.
one side stands the towering statue of Christ, resembling the one in
Rio de Janeiro, this one paid for by the women of Portugal to give
thanks their men were not involved in the Second World War. The plinth
is 270 feet high served by a lift and steps and a promise of a good
view. The statue is 90 feet high. I struggled to get this shot of the
statue, bridge and boat, taking several and hoping for the best. I got
the shot I wanted.
Thought to have been found by Ulysses, during
its history Lisbon has been occupied by both the Romans, and the Moors,
taken by English Crusaders who assisted the King of Portugal. This
history is far more complex than I’m stating in a couple of sentences
but is useful to bare in mind when viewing much of the architecture.
much to see and do beyond Lisbon and I can think of several places we
heard about that tempt us to return. We had the chance to visit only one
outlying area and so chose Obidos.
busy with tourists if you’re looking for a picture postcard it’s a good
choice. With it’s towering 12th century castle ramparts around a walled
city of bright colours and cobbled streets, it’s a romantic spot.
word of warning we were given -- there’s no one ‘policing’ people going
on the wall and many like to walk around the city from the top.
However, we were told that they’d already had several accidents this
year as they do every year. Tourists taking photos forget there’s a drop
to one side, step back to take a photograph, and...you don’t need me to
explain the rest. If unsteady don’t make the attempt and don’t become
went in a few of the seemingly tiny shops and discovered they extend
far back room upon room in some cases. There's plenty to find for the
browser or shopper. Having cleared much from my house in recent months
and having a couple of pieces of Portugal pottery all I bought home was
two passengers can get in the back of these and the driver gives a
little guided tour. Didn't get a chance but wouldn't mind one of these
to use in some of the country villages we often visit in the UK.
And so as not to leave you with this as the final image, here's another beautiful example of Portuguese tiling, and the wonderful countryside around Obidos.