Barcelona, a photo a day

Portugal

Mami, he’s gonna melt!!!

The golden man in front of A casa Portuguesa, in Carrer Verdi, Gracia. I think it is Fernando Pessoa, one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest poets in the Portuguese language, an amazing poet and writer.
Well, the little girl seems to like him a lot, and might be afraid of him melting, with the summer-in-Dubai kind of temperatures we’re having here right now.

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Monday doorways

Yet another photo from our archives, a door, Sanctuary of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal.

More magnificent doors here.


Out of Barcelona, a bridge on sunday

One more archive photo, from an earlier trip to Lisbon, Portugal. The bridge leading to the Torre de Belem, an old watchtower on the Tagus river. Wanna see more bridges? Check out Louis La Vache’s San Francisco blog, right here!


Mousteiro dos Jeronimos

As promised, here are some more pictures of the beautiful St Jerome’s Monastery aka Jeronimos Monastery, aka Hieronymites Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal, starting with the entrance to Santa Maria Church above.

 Detail in the monk’s refectory.

 The pulpit.

 The fantastic ceiling. And of course, the beautiful cloister.

Vasco de Gama‘s tomb.


Watery Wednesday

The fountain on Rossio Square in Lisbon.
Some of you asked for more photos from the Mousteiro dos Jeronimos, St Jerome’s monastery. We’ll show you more soon, most probably this weekend.

This, meanwhile, is for one of our favorite memes, Watery Wednesday. Please click here as usual to see more.


Portugal

We went to Portugal for 5 days, and here are a few of the almost 1100 photos we took… Above, the Rossio square by night. Below, a train station, the Gare do Oriente, built by the Valencian architect Diego Calatrava. Both in Lisbon.

The catholic sanctuary in Fatima.

The entrance to the presidential palace, in Belem. No, we weren’t invited in.

Detail of the cloister in St Jerome’s monastery, Lisbon.

The magnificent church, in the same monastery.

The Belem Tower.

Typical tramway in the upper town of Lisbon.

Lisbon seen from above.

Welcome to Lisbon city hall!

The Marco Polo, underneath the 25th of April Bridge.


Sunday Bridges

Well, is it or is it not the Golden Gate Bridge???
No, it is not. This is the Ponte 25 de Abril, formerly known as Salazar Bridge. This is the bridge between the municipalities of Almada and Lisbon, in Portugal. Just spent a few days there.
Well, it looks a lot like San Francisco, wouldn’t you say? This bridge was built by the same company (American Bridge Company) that constructed the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and not the Golden Gate, also explaining its similarity in design. With a total length of 2,277 m, it is the 20th largest suspension bridge in the world. The upper platform carries six car lanes, the lower platform two train tracks. Thank you, Wikipedia.

This, of course is for our man in Frisco, Monsieur Louis la Vache himself, and for his Sunday Bridges meme. Click here to see more fantastic bridge photos. Maybe we’ll be enough people to play a game of bridge…

And this below is the Golden Gate Bridge. A certain similarity, did you say?