Photo Post – Lisbon


In late March last year, my travel and photo friend Kathy and I spent ten days or so in Amsterdam.

That trip went so well, we decided to try it again, this time a week in Lisbon, Portugal.

We also had a great time in that very hilly city and on this page are just a few of the photos I made. More are in the friends and family gallery1 and I’ll probably post at least one more set of images in the near term. You really don’t want to see all 700 of them.

At the top is a shot of the iconic trams that run up and down the very steep hills in Lisbon. Both of these are on the legendary 28E route, although I found them much more fun to watch than ride.

Red Clock Tower

One of the must-see side trips in Lisbon is to the Pena Palace in Sintra. This is in the original monastery part of the estate, distinctively red as opposed to the extension which is bright yellow. If you go, I recommend arriving as early as possible (as we did with the guidance of a local photographer) since this place gets very crowded as the day goes along.

Belém Tower

Another iconic Lisbon attraction, the Belém Tower. Built in the 16th century as part of the city defenses, this is now a very well preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unfortunately, the tower was closed so we couldn’t go inside, but the exterior was still quite impressive.


My attempt at an Accidentally Wes Anderson shot. This is an old observatory on the grounds of the Jardim Botânico de Lisboa, a large and peaceful botanical garden in a less touristy part of the city. Again, I wish I could have explored inside.

Cello on the Street

Finally, I love random, odd shots found on the streets of every city, big or small, in the world. I have no idea if there’s a connection between these two people (probably not) but capturing them in the same frame just makes me smile.

1. Defined (by me) as the slide show that a sympathetic photographer can reasonably expect their friends and family to sit through without hating you.

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