Sunday, May 13, 2012

Lisbon and Surrounds

Today I thought I'd share some photos from my recent trip abroad. I'll keep the explanations brief and mostly let the images speak for themselves.

The first stop was Lisbon:
 This is the Rossio train station; my hostel was located inside the station

 Commercial Square

 A few examples of the beautiful tile work that can be seen all over the city.

 The view of the Tagus river from the Alfama district

 The Castle of São Jorge on the top of the hill

 Inside the castle grounds

Overlooking the city center from atop the Santa Justa lift, shown below:
Which, incidentally, gave me terrible vertigo.

While in Portugal, I took a day trip to Sintra and Cascais:

While in Sintra I toured the Quinta da Regaleira estate:

 The whole place is amazing, but to me the best part was the acres and acres of lush garden filled with tunnels, grottoes, towers, statues, and all sorts of other surprises. Climb a tower and it leads to a hidden path; go down a dark tunnel and come up behind a waterfall; the whole property is designed to keep you exploring one place and then the next without retracing your steps.

 One of the few pictures I had someone take of me. This was out at the coast near Cascais.

I also spent about half a day in the Belém area, which is a short train ride from the Lisbon center:

The Padrão dos Descobrimentos on the left, and Torre de Belém on the right. And yes, that is a bride posing for photos in front of the monument and a mini Golden Gate Bridge spanning the river.

A few views of the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Monastery of the Hieronymites):

 And with that I will leave off, since that's a lot of photo posting for one day. I'll share a few from the France part of the trip in my next post.


Sheila said...

It looks incredible! I love all the little grottoes.

phantasnight said...

oh my...I'm heading to beautiful Portugal for the Optimus Alive rock-fest near Lisbon, on the ocean shore, and am counting down the days till it starts... and seeing these pics, it's like I'm already there :D:D , can't wait ...

Megan G said...

Beautiful photos. The architecture is so rich and artistic. I bet it was amazing to see in person. I'd want to linger there all day. Can't wait to see your next update.

Kristian said...

Beautiful. Thank you for sharing these.

Blog said...

Perhaps you'd like to add on that photo of yourself on the coast between Cascais and Sintra that it is actually Europe's Westernmost point. It's called Cabo da Roca (Cape of Roca) and that's as close to America as you'll get in Europe :-)
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Rose said...

Lovely! thank you for sharing! :)