Thursday, July 29, 2010

This was a very interesting park area on the bay at Lisbon. The colorful plastic bubble like objects served as a bench, a flower pot and held a tree. Nestled on concrete next to the water people were enjoying the breeze and ocean view while resting.

Rest Park Area in Lisbon

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Do to limited time we only got off the bus at the bay area in Lisbon. We toured this old monastery. Jeronimos Monastery was one of the few very old buildings not totally damaged in the Earth Quake of 1755. That is why most of Lisbon looks so modern.

Monastary near the Lisbon Bay Area

Courtyard of Monastary

They were setting up for a concert.

Tile Murals in Monastary

Close Up View of Tile Mural in Monastary

The Church Inside the Monastary

Cool Car in Lisbon

It seems as though the cars were larger as a rule in Portugal than in other parts of Europe.

Cool Car in Lisbon

It seemed as though the cars were larger as a rule in Portugal compared to some of the other countries in Europe.

Memorial Overlooking City of Lisbon

The photo does not show the beauty and the dept of this area overlooking the city.

Sculpture Near Memorial Over Looking City of Lisbon

Tiled Sculpture in Lisbon

Tiled Fountain in Bvld. Park Area

Homeless in Lisbon

This was the only person I saw without a home but it was one too many. It makes you wonder what happens to a little old lady that could result with her life ending in such poverty. It is so sad!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sex in the City, the City of Lisbon Too

Round About in Lisbon Surrounded by Lilac Trees

The purple in the lilac trees grabbed our attention but not as much as the wonderful fragrance.

Hard Rock Cafe, Lisbon Portugal

Hard Rock is everywhere. I love the color and sculptures on the building.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Bob and I boarded a train from Cascais to Lisbon. We were also accompanied by the wife of one of Jane's co-workers. We spend much of the day touring Lisbon via the top of the double Decker bus. It was designed to stop in several areas of interest and one could get off and re board after touring the area. Due to limited time we only stopped in one area. Most of the photos of Lisbon you have seen and more to come were taken from top of the bus. (except for a few minutes that it rained) I think you could spend at least three or four days doing that tour to see everything.

Double Decker Tour Bus in Lisbon

Castle Like Memorial at Bay in Lisbon

Marina at the Bay in Lisbon, Portugal

Sculpture at the Bay in Lisbon

Sculpture and Memorial at the Bay in Lisbon

You Know You Are In Another Country When:

The titles on the box cars are in another language. Above it is a shot of part of the suspended bridge.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Below are more images of Lisbon and many more to come in the next few days. The architecture is grand and the tile work is amazing. I also love the color.

Lisbon Building with Sculptures and Tile

Building in Lisbon, Palm Trees Growing Inside

Lisbon, City buildings and Memorial

Dress Shops in Lisbon

Part of a City Center in Lisbon

Pastry Shop in Lisbon

Note the tile on the side of the building.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Little Bit of Charm in the City of Lisbon

We noticed that the street lights all had little carvings of ships hanging from the top of the light poles.

Close Up View

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Within the next few days I plan to post pictures of Lisbon Portugal. It was an amazing city and made me think of San Fransisco in many ways. The city was very hilly, with trolley cars, on the water and they even have a suspended bridge.

Lisbon Portugal

Friday, July 16, 2010

On our return trip to Cascais from Sintra I noticed this cute little house with a very pretty gate but unusual. There was a decorative sign with no text located on the outside of the fence. I'm not sure if this was part of the house or something the city displayed.

A house near Sintra

Monday, July 12, 2010

Jane had to work and be with her group three of the days that we were in Portugal. One of those days Bob and I took a bus to Sintra to see Pena Palace. We chose to take the bus so we could see some of the countryside even though it took us longer because of stops. This proved to be a good decision. The countryside was very nice, clean and beautiful. Sintra was a very quaint town and there were several palaces. We only toured one because any more would have been too physically challenging for me.

Trolley Car to Pena Palace

Queen's gardens at Pena Palace

Flowering bush at Pena Palace

Palm trees on the side of Pena Palace

Entry of Pena Palace, Sintra Portugal

First Level of Pena Palace

Bob on his way up to Pena Palace

Pena Palace with view of clock tower

Bob on the ledge of Pena Palace

Looking down from the top of Pena Palace

The palace is several stories tall in some areas. Knowing the height of Palm trees one can see how much higher we were looking from the veranda at the top of Pena Palace.

This was over the entry way of Pena Palace

Me at the top of Pena Palace

You can not see the depth distinctly but we were very high. The Palace in on the top of a mountain overlooking Sintra.

Bob on the veranda at the top of Pena Palace

He was still excited about his birthday present. (the I-Pad) Note the tile work on the steeple.

Bob Exploring Pena Palace

I think Bob looks pretty cute in that hat.

Tiled area of Pena Palace

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The photos of the rock formations by the Cascais shore were some of my favorites taken in Portugal. They were only a couple of block from our hotel.

Cascais, Cave Like Rock Formations

Cascais, Bridged Rock Formation by the Shore

Cascais, Rocky, Cliff Shores

Cascais, Light House in Background

Monday, July 5, 2010

In the next eight photos I have posted some evening shots of Cascais. Some of which you saw in the daylight. Below is Jane with her colleague and friend Teresa. Teresa accompanied Jane, Bob and me to dinner in Cascais one evening. After we left Portugal Bob and I went home while Jane continued on with Teresa to Barcelona Spain. Teresa's Aunt lives by the Mediterranean Sea in Barcelona and invited them to stay for a few days. I was so excited for Jane because she had never been to Spain. I am very anxious to see pictures of her visit to Spain.

Teresa and Jane, Cascais Portugal Evening