As you turn the corner of a street in Lisbon, you might suddenly face a magnificient bougainvillea tree whose vivid colors will grab your attention. It was therefore quite tempting to play a bit on the theme of purple. (click on pictures for high res)
Two days before we go to Paris, I slowly feel the wind of glamour start to blow. (click on pictures for high res).
Portraying Lisbon would not complete without a post on its famous trams. They cruise all over the city at the sound of cracking wood and whistling steel. Going downhill, you almost feel they’ll never come to a stop. But they do, and suddenly you’ll see someone running after it in an attempt to jump on the trams’ stair steps. They are the free riders, putting their life at risk for a few cents under the impressed eyes of the passengers. (click on pictures for high res).
Note that I am especially proud of the last shot since I almost got my head banged when sticking it out of the tramway. I also add to withstand a series of “F..k Y..” with a wonderful portuguese accent ;)
At sunset, men, dogs, lovers, lonely souls all head to the Tejo River to take advantage of the last rays of sun that barely pass over the hills. (click on pictures for high res).
Lisbon is the best kept secret in Europe. Indeed, many tour operators usually propose destinations such as Paris, London, Rome or Praga on top of their offering and Lisbon is therefore a little less known. Nevertheless, this city is beautiful and a wonderful place for street photography.
Lisbon is often called the city of the seven hills since due to its steepy landscape. Unless you move by tramway or car, your legs will definitely be put at work. And once you get to the top, a long contemplation of the great cityscape with a little rest is always a must. (click on pictures to enlarge)
In the middle of Portugal stands the all white city of Evora. Indeed, all houses are painted in white to withstand the pounding sun typical of this region. It even looks like some people added an extra protection from the rays by positioning dozens umbrellas over a court. And when the owner of the house throws the keys out of the window, the fight for it is a tough one. (click on pictures of high res).
Decades ago, Nazaré was a small and humble fishermen town of the Atlantic Coast. Nowadays it has becomes one of the main beach resort of Portugal. Be it in the tiny streets by the beach, or on the neighbourhood located over the cliffs, it will be tough to spot a fisherman. And don’t be fooled by the net on the third picture, the only catch it might get is a football. (click on pictures for high res).
Note that the last shot was taken with a marvellous 50mm F2 Nikkor-H from 1951, such a great lens for a sunny day. It was lent to me today by Miguel and Gina, our wonderful hosts during these days in Central Portugal.