Thursday, October 2, 2014

Streets of Lisbon

As with a lot of cities, exploring Lisbon, Portugal will never be complete with just a ride on a tour bus (previous post: Lazy in Lisbon).

In this beautiful summer weather, a stroll on the streets.. or a walk anywhere, is a must. 

So let us start by arriving at the Gare do Oriente.

Gare Do Oriente, Lisboa

Or Lisbon Orient Station in English.. one of the largest stations in the world, and as busy as the Grand Central Terminal of New York.

Gare Do Oriente, Lisboa

A Street in Lisbon

Now on the streets of the Bairro Alto district..

A Street in Lisbon

Where you see graffitis during the day.. and party life at night!

A Pink House in Lisbon

Just a random pink house.. in the neighbourhood..

Bica Funicular Lisbon, Portugal

Elevador da Bica

Bica Funicular Lisbon, Portugal

Or Bica Funicular in English.. constructed in 1892, climbs the 245 meter steep road of Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo from Rua S. Paulo, and allows the riders to see both how the locals live their daily lives as it passes through the narrow alleys, and the spectacular views of the Tagus River.

On the left where a man is standing by the doorway, is Casa Liege, a restaurant. We had our first Portuguese lunch there, and I just want to say.. you can find better ones ;)

Tagus River and Ponte 25 de Abril, Lisbon, Portugal

Tagus River and 25 de Abril Bridge as seen from.. somewhere in the neighborhood.. hehe! Isn't it fun to get lost?! :P

Travel Adventures in Lisbon, Portugal

On the way to Rossio Square.. I shamelessly asked the policeman on a segway if I could take a picture with him. He made me ride on the segway instead.. haha!! :D

Rossio Square, Lisbon, Portugal

Praca Dom Pedro IV.. popularly known as the Rossio Square

That statue on top of the column is of Pedro IV, a king of Portugal, and the first emperor of Brazil.

Behind is the Teatro Nacional Doña Maria II, or National Theatre Doña Maria II.

Rossio Square, Lisbon, Portugal

Rossio Square, Lisbon, Portugal

With shops and cafes all around, this is the liveliest square in the city - where people meet, socialise, and relax.

Rossio Square, Lisbon, Portugal

I really like it here! :)

Hard Rock Cafe, Lisbon

Hard Rock Cafe.. Because friends wanted those souvenir shirts and shot glasses..

GoCar Talking Tour Car, Lisbon, Portugal

Tourists in a GoCar.. a 2-seater, GPS-guided, cute little talking tour car :)

Elevador de Santa Justa, Lisbon, Portugal

Now let's go up!

Elevador de Santa Justa

Or Santa Justa Lift in English.. and also called the Carmo Elevator, connects the lower situated Baixa District to the Bairro Alto, the higher part of the city.

This landmark was built by Engineer Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard, a student of Gustave Eiffel.. which explains the similarities of the structure to the Eiffel Tower of Paris.

Carmo Convent, Lisbon, Portugal

Convento da Ordem do Carmo

Or Carmo Convent in English.. used to be the largest church building in Lisbon until the great earthquake of 1755 destroyed most of it. 

What's left of the church building is now used as an archaeological museum, and the convent building is now used by the Republican Guard.

Lisbon from the Santa Justa Lift

Why you really have to take that Santa Justa Lift to come up..

The view..

Castle of Sao Jorge, Lisbon, Portugal

And this.. the Castle of Sao Jorge..

View from Santa Justa Lift, Lisbon

And this.. just a street, but doesn't it look amazing?!

Rossio Square, Lisbon, Portugal

And of course, this beauty.. which sums up my memories of Lisbon! :)


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