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Category: Lisbon

Night in Lisbon

Night = Magic

The poetry of light is dramatic in the night, especially in the gloaming hour. These photos were taken around Lisbon, I will be adding more as they appear to me . My camera often has a mind of it’s own, I help to facilitate the drama.

Trip to Praia Portinho da Arrabida

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Today we drove 90 minutes south of Lisbon across the Vasco da Gama Bridge (the longest bridge in Europe) to the Arrabida coast, high mountains line the water making for dramatic views. We went to a beach side restaurant for lunch and relaxed on the beach collecting rocks. Something we do a lot on Whidbey Island… It is such a different experience here.

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Lisbon Transit

Waiting at the bus stop Boa Hora, Ajuda, Lisbon PT…. Through a rainy window.

It rained on my first day here, I was riding the 18E Tram home. Our house is far up a very large hill, I prefer to take the tram up as opposed to walking.

People waiting for a bus or tram to Belem, Lisbon PT

The weather had changed and so had the type of people waiting for the bus. This was near the Cais Sodre transportation hub and across from the Time Out Market. Cais Sodre services many bus routes, tram lines train lines and ferry crossings. It is a very busy place.

Gentrification Lisboa

Having come to Lisbon every few years, I have been able to track the modernization and gentrification taking place. BElow is a set of photos the older one is 2017 the new 2019. The building was a wreck and ready to be replaced. In the heart of the Boa Hora Neighborhood.

Photo by tsparks 2017

This is the replacement.

 

photo by tsparks 2019

The problem here is the same as in Columbia City, Seattle, Vancouver B.C. and most thriving cities where demand is strong for new housing. Underclass people loose cheap rental property to the wrecking ball, no way can they complete with the new capital looking for a place to invest. Housing as a chip in the real estate game. Housing is a safe place to invest. Many houses are either built by speculators or investors looking to rent to the new young tech worker or entrepreneur. Out with the old in with the new. This story is not new, Lisbon is in heat of it now.

Parks of Lisbon

Jardim de Santos

Lisbon is a city with a multitude of parks. This  one is close to the river at the foot of a hill west of the  the Baixa, it is also know as Jardim Nuno Alvares. You can walk from here to the Lapa district or the Santos  neigborhood. The tram №18  goes past with Alto Ajuda at one end and the Praça do Comércio at the other. In the spring the Jacaranda tress are in full display and eventually leave a lavendar snow of blossoms on the ground.

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