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Weekly Photo Challenge: Roy G. Biv

alfama district
Location: Alfama District, Lisbon, Portugal
This picture was taken in Lisbon’s Alfama district as it prepared for St. Anthony’s Day. Streamers in a rainbow of colors were being hung all around to add gaiety to the celebration.

Sitting on a slope of a hill, Alfama is the city’s oldest neighborhood that survived the Great Earthquake of 1755. It was the Moors that gave its character. Its name was derived from the Arabic word, al-hammah, which means thermal bath, attributed to the hot springs in the area.

It’s a must see for hikers and tourists alike. Aside from providing some of the best views of Lisbon, it offers a step back in time with its castle, 17th century churches, tiny squares, and old fashioned residential charms. It’s also a place to easily get lost in because of its intricate maze of medieval alleys and narrow streets. With that being said, it isn’t that totally bad as it often leads to further discovery.

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June 19, 2015 at 1:49 pm 7 comments

wordless wednesday: all-seeing eyes

all-seeing eyes
location: avenida da liberdade, lisbon, portugal

February 17, 2015 at 9:11 am 13 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

faia sign
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
When I travel, I bring a cheap camera only. My reasoning is that if it’s stolen or broken by accident, it won’t be a big deal. If there’s a drawback, it’s taking pictures in low light conditions. It can be quite a challenge. It can be a hit or miss, mostly the latter being the result.

Take the case of the above picture taken outside o Faia Restaurant in Lisbon where we went for dinner and enjoyed listening to Fado music. Among the pictures that I took that night, it was the only one worth keeping. The others taken inside the restaurant were too bad to save for posterity.

By the way, you can’t go to Portugal without experiencing a Fado performance in one of the establishments there. Fado, which translates to ‘fate’ in English, is the traditional folk music of Portugal. Its melody and lyrics remind me of the Filipino Kundiman that is full of love and sadness and longing for something lost or unattainable.

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September 26, 2014 at 11:31 pm 11 comments

weekly photo challenge: one

street artist

could you figure out where this picture was taken? did you say south america? not a bad guess, but thousands of miles off. actually, i spotted him performing near the monument to the discoveries located on the estuary of the tagus river in lisbon, portugal. he was playing the traditional andean panpipe dating back to the inca empire called zampoƱa. he looked so alone in a world full of strangers.

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December 20, 2013 at 11:14 am 30 comments

wordless wednesday: busted!

blocked vehicle

location: lisbon, portugal

December 11, 2013 at 9:19 am 2 comments

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