Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My Travels ~ My Mother's Visit to Portugal: Part IV

This is the train station coming from Sintra, Portugal, into Lisbon. There are homes built over the tunnel.

The station which connects to Sintra is the Rossio Station. If the above picture is the same station, it has been rebuilt and modernized since my mother saw it.

Image by Jaime Silva

Image by Jaime Silva

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One of the most stunning modern sights in Lisbon is the Oriente Train Station. It was built by master architect Santiago Calatrava with a roof of glass and steel made to look like a row of trees. The Oriente Station is one of the world's largest stations, with 75 million passengers per year which makes it as busy as Grand Central Terminal in New York.

Image by Feliciano Guimarães from Guimarães, Portugal

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Sintra is a major tourist attraction, about 50 minutes by train from Lisbon. My mother visited this beach below Sintra.

More beaches at Sintra.

Image by Fr Antunes

The waves make an interesting fan shape.
Image by Fr Antunes

Image by Jeroen Bosman

A sunset is a good way to say goodbye to the pictures from my mother's trip to Portugal.

Image by vanessa lollipop

We can put a picture from the Portugal in Giraffe #233.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

My Travels ~ My Mother's Visit to Portugal: Part III

Santa Justa Lift is an elevator/lift in the civil parish of Santa Justa, Lisbon, Portugal. It connects the lower streets of the Baixa with the higher Largo do Carmo (Carmo Square.) Santa Justa Lift has become a tourist attraction for Lisbon as it is the only remaining vertical lift in Lisbon.

From the view in my mother's picture, it looks as thought the elevator rises alone to look over the city. From this side, one can see the terrace and walkway.

Image by David Sim from London, United Kingdom

Inside the bridge one can admire the ironwork and shadows it creates.

Image by Pedro Presilha

From beneath the elevator.

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This photo shows the advantages of an elevator in light of the hike one would have getting from bottom to top, especially in the heat of the day.  

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The engines that run the elevator.

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San Justa Elevator, lit up at night.

Image by I.Jimeno

The Alfama is the oldest district in Lisbon. 

I love finding interesting streets when I travel. My mother's picture set me looking for photos of other streets in the district.

Image by Ken & Nyetta

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Laundry is routinely hung out of windows. These pajamas seem to be pointing down the street to the amazing view of the water.

Image by Awersowy

Perhaps Giraffe #232 can help us get up and down the steep streets of Lisbon. 

The original card is a yellowish color. I had fun changing it. Which color do you like best?

Friday, April 26, 2013

My Travels ~ My Mother's Visit to Portugal: Part II

Have you seen San Francisco's famous Golden Gate Bridge?

Image by Bernt Rostad

Did you know that Lisbon, Portugal, also has a Golden Gate Bridge?

It is called "Ponte 25 de Abril" (25th of April Bridge). The lower deck carries two train tracks.

Image by Vitor Oliveira

Jeronimo's Monastery, with fancy spires.

A close up of the same view in my mother's photo.

Image by Siyad Ma

An artistic shot of arches.

Image by RiseHowl

Belém Tower is a fortified tower built in the early 16th century on a small island in the Tagus River near the Lisbon shore. It was built from Lioz Limestone, an historical Portuguese natural stone.

Forcing of the Tagus by the French squadron under Rear admiral Roussin on 11 July 1831. The ships sail before Belém Tower.

Combat du Tage

Image by Alvesgaspar

Torre de Belém (Belém Tower) was included in the registry of the Seven Wonders of Portugal in 2007.

Image by Daniel Feliciano

More artistic arches highlight canon niches in the interior.

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A view from the second floor loggia shows a beautifully carved railing.

Image by Georges Jansoone

With all that water around, we might need Giraffe #231's ark.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

My Travels ~ My Mother's Visit to Portugal: Part I

I have traveled quite a bit in my young life and I'm going to be posting about places I've seen. Some of my trips were with my wonderful mother. To honor her, I'm going to begin with pictures she took of Portugal.

The first picture is captioned "Portugal: Water Viaduct."

This is the Aqueduct of the Free Waters in Lisbon, Portugal.

Image by User:Juntas

This 15th century aqueduct is called Aqueduto de Amoreira (Mulberry Aqueduct).

Image by Hunda

Entering Lisbon, Portugal.


Other views overlooking Lisbon. I've always loved tiled roofs.

Image by Erik Cleves Kristensen

Overlooking the main square.

Image by Erik Cleves Kristensen

Image by Huguys

Isn't this an awesome view?

Image by Huguys

I'm not sure what building in Lisbon this is from, but it's interesting.

If we get near those aqueducts, Giraffe sponge #230 might come in handy.