Will and Mayang's
Travels - Portugal, April 2005.
I've got so much free time. Will's busy
with work and i thought, i
should travel around europe a bit while i've got some time. So, here
are some pictures i took when i travelled around Lisbon and Porto,
arrived, settled in my room.. phew! i made it at last..
altho it actually took me about an hour to find my way around. my map
navigation was a bit poor. i had to walk up and down some steep hills
in the city.
|Lisbon -This is
the view you can see from my balcony. The building
across the road is a Romanesque Cathedral, Sé.
|Lisbon - This is Sé, from the entrance. Built in 1150 when Afonso Henriques captured the city
from the Moors. He wanted the church to be built like a fortress.
| Lisbon - This huge
square is called Praça
do Comércio, entrance
of the city around 18th century.
The bronze equestrian statue of Dom
José I and the arch
da Victória looks
|Lisbon - There's
always quite a few people sitting and sketching the arch in the square.
Mostly college students. The arcaded yellow buildings on both side of
the arch is ministries offices.
|Lisbon - Walking
along the corridor of arcaded ministries. It feels really grand.
|Lisbon - Rua
Agusta,a lively street with pastelaria (snack bars), restaurants and shops.
You can see the arch opening, Arco da
Victória at the end
of the street.
design of Portugal's ubiquitous black and white mosaic pavements.
|Lisbon - I am now in the
middle of Rossio or formally
known as Dom Pedro IV square
where once it was a location of animal markets, fairs and bullfights.
Seems like it has becomes a perfect place for pigeons to hang out
|Lisbon - Dilapidated
building adds up Lisbon's unique character.
|Lisbon - It was a
busy day for me walking around the city and while i was resting at my
balcony, i was accompanied by cheerful birds lining up on the metal
|Lisbon - Elevador da Bica, one of Lisbon's
delightful furniculars, climbing up and down the city's steepest hill.
This furnicular travels in middle of Santa
Catarina maze-like district where along the journey, you could
probably listen to the locals swapping latest neighbourhood gossip
across the balcony (if you understand Portugese that is).
|Lisbon - Castelo de São Jorge or
São Jorge Castle, had a
history starting from the Visigoths
inhibitation in the 5th century, strengthened by the Moors in the 9th century and later
replaced by Christians in the
12th century. Interestingly, it was
also used as a prison in every century.
|Lisbon - Nice
shaded path inside São Jorge
Castle make it such a pleasant walk around the area..
the castle's most attractive feature is the superb view of the city and
the imposing bridge known as Ponte de 25 Abril crossing Rio
Tejo river. I was glued to
the ground, captivated by the fantastic panoramas for hours.
|Lisbon - Parque
Das Nações, an
entertainment park for families although strangely there wasn't many
visitors around. Let's go on a cable ride ...!!
|I had the carriage
all for myself and this was the view i can see from inside the
|.. and behind me
is the 140m-high Torre de Vasco da
Gama, which was empty, so i couldnt go up the tower to get
a panoramic view :(
|After a fun ride
on the cable car, i visited Europe's largest oceanarium. Two storey
aquarium, impressively design to accomodate 25 000 fish, birds, and
mammals. Still, the park is quiett..where is everybody???
|In the oceanarium,
looking through a crystal clear wall dividing two different
world.. there are not many places in the world where you can see
a person sending sms, standing next to a fierce swimming predator under
these manta rays are an intelligent creatures..
exotic birds, guillemot..
type of fish cleverly camouflage their body,
buried flat under the sand except the eyes sticking out looking for a
|Bright green sea
anemone, a natural sea decoration..
Das Nações - A
unique fountain in the park. There about 6 of them in a row and
splashing out water every 45 secoonds interval.
|Water that runs
down from a roof caught my attention immediately..
the wall of splashing water and the result..
wet clothes and water drop on my lenses! not a good idea actually..
|Lisbon - I moved to a new
guesthouse after couple of days in Lisbon. Here at the city centre,
i've got a great view facing Praça
De Figueira from my
window. Snooping on the other tourists walking around the
square became my hobby since. :)
|Lisbon - A quiet scene of Praça De
Figueira in the
evening.. no confused tourists on the street, boring!
|Sintra - If you squeeze your eyes slightly, you could probably see the lighthouse 5500km across the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. This is Cabo da Roca (Rock Cape), the most western part of continental europe. .. yeap, i can see someone's waving from New York!|
|Sintra - It was my
afternoon strolling along Caiscais liveliest
seaside resort in
Sintra, coastline west of Lisbon.
|Porto - When i
arrived at São
Bento train station in
Porto, i was greeted by some amazing
handpainted dramatic tileworks also known as Azulejos by Jorge Colaço
(1930) depicting scenes ranging from daily life to historic battles.
|Porto - A friendly old
man offered me some historical facts of the painting on the blue tiles
at the train station. He then guided me around the city of Porto and i
am now know a lot more about Portugese history than Malaysian history
if you ask me!
|Porto - Another church
covered in blue tiles, Capela das
Almas. Five 18th- century
panels by Vital Rifaro decorate the Gothic cloisters of the cathedral.
| Porto - Over the
decorated altar inside Igreja dos
|Porto - The largest and
the most complicated blue tiles or azulejos is
illustrated on the outer wall of Igreja Do Carmo.
|With a picturesque
view like all of the above pictures, no wonder the Ribeira riverside
area is listed under Unesco World
Heritage Zone, where any new development is prohibited.
|Porto - View
bridge, Ponte de Dom Lois I in
| Finally, i've got someone to take a
picture of me with a view of Ribeira
|Porto - It was
magical like feeling, looking at such a tranquality scene like this in
|Me and my faithful
companion, Mr Linux Penguiny
who's slightly unfortunate cos had to put up with my nonsense most of
time during our travel in Portugal. He's a
very attentive listener tho..
|Goodbye Porto! My
last picture of Porto from the train as it
left for Lisbon.
|On my last day in
Lisbon, i went up on furnicular, Elavador
De Santa Jasta, a huge wrought-iron lift and took my last
panoramic view of Lisbon City.
|This is the view on top of Elevador Santa De Jasta where you can see Rossio or formally known as Dom Pedro IV square on my left hand side. I was on my tiptoes while taking this picture as the metal bar is level to my face!|
|This is the middle
view from the tower where you can see the
square, Praça De
Figueira, in the middle
of the city. (I can spot my room at the guesthouse from up here)
|On my right hand
the main street, Rua Aurea straight to the riverfront area of the river, Rio
had a wonderful time in Portugal and there's no doubt that i'd visit
this beautiful country again in future. If you have any comments and
suggestion on where i should travel next, feel free to email me. The
list of countries that i have in mind are Romania, North Korea, Mexico, Cuba,
Liechtenstein and Finland.
All pictures and other media are Copyright ©2005 Mayang Adnin.