Posts Tagged ‘lisbon’

Regaleira

I’ve been there and done that.

Well, i did all of that now that I put my Indiana Jones hat on and lit a torch to enter the caves of Regaleira. I tried several times before with my phone’s light but it didn’t quite work. This time it did, but I got way too scared when I had to decide right or left at the end of the cave…1000 dollars answer? None of those, GO BACK! And so we did, me and Mariana 🙂

There’s not much to say about this place in Sintra (outskirts of Lisbon) ’cause I feel like I’ve visited it a 1000 times. Yes, there’s a lot to know about it but it’s just too complicated. Ok, I’ll try a sumary: masonry, occult, masonry.

Done! 😀

Anywho, go there if you ever have the chance but PLEASE don’t ignore its history and don’t think of it as just another monument because it’s not just another one. It’s THE monument.

Pics below 😀

Pictures: top to bottom – Palace, caves, initiation well, entrance to the caves (no, it’s not grass – water :P)

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Irish culture in Portugal

Just a quick post about the so beautiful and interesting Irish culture. As you know, I’ve been in Ireland once and unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to see some tapdancing or anything typically Irish. Truth is, I’ve seen and experienced more Irish culture in Portugal than in Ireland, as weird as it might seem 😛

I’ve watched Lord of the Dance some years ago in Pavilhão Atlântico and I’ve listened to some guys that usually play in an Irish bar near Cais do Sodré now and then, and yes, I really love it.

This month we had Celtic Legends stopping by Lisbon’s Casino to please the Portuguese folks one more time with the always mega entertaining Irish tapdance 🙂 I’ve watched the show in the front row (which was awesome) and god, it was worth it! Honestly I prefer LOTD a thousand times but this amazing group of artists was also very good and always very communicative with the audience. Had a great time 🙂

Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures this time ’cause the bad guys didn’t let me 😦 But you can still watch some clips I found in youtube 😛 Enjoy!

P.S – I really hope I can see some kind of Irish music next time I stop in Ireland!

The city of the seven hills

Well, as you might have already noticed this is the city where I was born, 21 years ago. It’s difficult for me to write a post about Lisbon because there’s so many things and want you to see. ‘Hmmm’ – I thought, if I climb São Jorge’s Castle I can show everybody all those beautiful things so characteristic of Lisbon.

São Jorge’s Castle dates back to VI BC, probably occupied by Celtic and Iberian tribes. It was later occupied by other tribes until it was finally taken by the Moors. It was in 1147 that the castle was finally conquered by D. Afonso Henriques (the 1st king of Portugal)  in what is called The Siege of Lisbon. When Lisbon became the capital of Portugal, in 1255, the castle was taken by the King as the Royal Palace. From then on many famous play writers, navigators and all kinds of V.I.P’s (such as Vasco da Gama) stopped here to have some fun with the king and the ladiesss, I guess?

After the Great Earthquake in 1755 the Castle was severely damaged and from then on it started to decay. It still is decaying today. Bad government!

Interesting legends about the castle? It is said that Martim Moniz, a knight, sacrificed his own body preventing the castle gate from closing, allowing the army to enter the castle and tacking it for good! Bad Moors!

From the Tower of Ulysses (former Torre do Tombo (where the Nation Archive was)) you can have a 360º view of the city. Try to spot the most important places among the buildings: 1) Praça do Comércio, 2) Ruinas do Carmo, 3) Elevador de Santa Justa, 4) Ponte 25 de Abril and 5) Cristo Rei.

After that we went down the hill (very slippery floors people! G. knows it) looking for Lisbon Cathedral, also known as, Sé de Lisboa. It’s the oldest church in the city, survived many earthquakes and it’s a mix of architectonic styles. Good stuff if you’re into churches and stuff.

If you ever have the chance to visit Lisbon make sure you climb the hill on foot. There’s plenty of stuff to see on the way to the castle. No, trying to park in tiny tiny streets is not a good idea 🙂 .

Another great day with my friend G. and hopefully, many more to come. As for the rest of my holidays you know, I’ll be traveling around Portugal! 🙂

P.S – Note that the city was totally rebuilt after the earthquake by Marquês de Pombal, a visionary gentleman 🙂


 

Pictures (from top to bottom): castle, random, Christ statue (left) and 25 Abril bridge (right), Praça do Comércio, Santa Justa elevator (front) and Carmo ruins (behind), some boat, Lisbon Cathedral’s door, a window in the castle. See more

 

 

 

 

So 60’s of me!

This is my first picture taken with the Diana camera! It’s gorgeous and if you think it’s kak (afrikaans for ‘shit’) you’re wrong! If you’re Mr. Photographer know it all the only thing I have to say is ‘You wish you had money to buy one of these!’ 🙂

Picture location – Praça D. Pedro IV, Lisbon

Back to Kansas

Finally, at home.

Not much has been happening, besides saving the world from the Necris (p.j), but I did something interesting today. I took my pijama off (oh thank god), and I went to Sobralinho (can this get any worse?) to watch the fantastic play The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. The play was developed by Inestética, a theatre company from Vila Franca de Xira (I’m having an overdose of horrible portuguese names), where I live, or used to. Anyway, it’s 100% worth the money. It’s absolutely astonishing and every single adjective you can find to say good things about something. The actors, some of them from some bad and cheap soap operas, amazed me with their overwhelming performance. Too bad tomorrow is the last day of the play. I hope there’s much more to come from Inestética. Keep up the good work!

As for the rest of my holidays, who knows what might happen! You never know if there is some bad guy ready to fire a Rocket Launcher in your head!