5 Jan 2012

The Lures of Lisbon (and fame with National Geographic - well, their Traveler magazine anyway...)

Got my first photograph in the National Geographic Traveler Magazine this month - rather pleased with that!

Check out my photo in National Geographic Traveler here!

It was taken in the Rossio Station in Lisbon, Portugal, in November 2009, where my (now) husband and I went for a long weekend for his birthday - we decided on a little side-trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre of Sintra. Lisbon is a great city to wander around, and Sintra makes a really interesting day out (about an hour on the train from Rossio Station in central Lisbon).

I'm lucky enough to have a good Portuguese friend, Nuno, who gave me some tips on what to see in the centre of Lisbon. Here are some photos from around the city (sadly only on a point-and-shoot - for some reason unknown to me now, I didn't take my DSLR with me):
The Castle...
Crenellations of Casteo de Jorge
.... and the wonderful views it affords:
Lisbon Clouds Lisbon City View
The old Azulejo tiles dotted around in the old bits of town:
Azulejo, Lisbon 2
A view in the hilly bit - Bairro Alto:
Bairro Alto Archway
.... and museums/monuments galore in Belem:
Windows & Shadows Belem Tower CrenellationsLooking Out
There are some great things for the taste buds too: cherry brandy in the smallest bar in the world (probably not literally) in Alfama (no photo), pasteis de nata (custard tarts) in Belem...
Pasteis de Nata
.... and the most amazing grilled octopus and lemongrass creme brulee in John Malkovich's restaurant, Bico de Sapato, down on the waterfront (no decent photos, but oh, the taste is still with me!).
In the grottier parts of the city there's some interesting graffiti, some of it quite artistic (some of it not so pretty):
Fawlty Towers Stencil Art, LisbonRecuperarteColourful Graffiti, Lisbon
And so to Sintra - a couple of views of the place, where the weather was very variable:
Sintra Chimney & CloudsCobbled Road, SintraSintra Lamppost
View Above Sintra
Spiral Staircase
Sintra Fountain
Back in the city... there's some great modern architecture, especially around the Parque Nacoes:
Parque Nacoes Building, LisbonGare do Oriente 3
Not to mention the awesome Vasco da Gama bridge:
Vasco da Gama Bridge, Lisbon
Must try and persuade the hubby to go back - great city (and of course I'll take the DSLR this time...)!

For more photos, please have a look at my sets on Flickr - Lisbon and Sintra

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