I’ve realised I haven’t posted any city pictures since January and decided that it’s about time I do it again. This time I’ll show you my last visit to Bilbao.
The love boat in Bilbao.
The river flows through the city and next to the city hall and the Guggenheim museum and other interesting sights. I spent many afternoons walking by the riverside.
Typical school in Bilbao.
I noticed something amazing about schools in Bilbao. Do you see this palace? That was a school and there are lots of them like this. By the way, don’t you think that this building, the red line on the road and the grey sky look like London?
The old town.
The centre of the city is like a small village: streets without cars and small shops, bars and houses. All big cities should have a place like this.
Tavern with barrel.
Many taverns have barrels outside. People use them as tables and drink in the street. I loved it because I prefer being in the street seeing people walking by and talking to the friends that pass by rather than sitting in a tiny noisy room. There’s nobody in the picture because it rained that day. It’s not always raining there; I had eight sunny days and two rainy ones. I used the sunny days to do things and left the camera for the days I could do nothing.
Crossed zebra crossings.
I’ve seen them in American films and Japanese cartoons, but there’s no need to travel that far to see them! I changed my route to cross diagonally, of course.
Views from my suite.
The first and last thing of the city I saw everyday was this. But there’s a special detail. Can you see the scaffolding on the left? That week they were still doing building works in my street, but it seems I moved them to Bilbao. That week they left my street in Barcelona and I’ve heard that they are still working there in Bilbao.
Porto was one of the first cities I visited on my trip around the North. I took many pictures of the city because it is actually big, but I had to choose just six of them for the post.
São Bento station.
In fact this is the street at the side and it was the first thing I saw there. It was funny to see the typical portugoenglish phone box there.
It could be seen in the previous picture at the end of the street. There’s also the tram and the Christmas decorations; but the decorations aren’t there all the time, I went there in November.
A part of the city.
Porto is just like this, a city on a mountain, there are no horizontal streets. I did like this, but it was tiring to walk around the city. I got nice legs after that.
I’m showing this picture because everybody already saw the sunset one.
The river Douro.
To be an important capital in Portugal, cities must prove there’s a river crossing them.
I went to mass here.
I don’t know the name of this church. I just chose this picture because I was curious and went to mass in Portuguese there, although I’m not a believer.
Porto - Portugal Virtual
Municipal Council of Porto
It is my pleasure to introduce the city of Lisbon as seen by my camera in six pictures. There are many other things there, but the camara didn’t see all what I saw.
I lived in the upper part of the city, the newest one. I think is has nothing to do with what tourists see, but it was home to me.
Dom Pedro IV Square.
National Theatre Dona Maria II at the back. Dom Pedro IV Square was the first thing of the historic centre that I saw. In this square I bought my Portuguese telephone card and the book Os Maias by Eça de Queirós. That day some university students were demonstrating. Youngsters, always making noise.
Trams downtown. There are some modern models, but I preferred to show the romantic part.
Belém Tower is a surveillance post on the coast next to the Jerónimos Monastery. Next to it you can eat pastéis de Belém, some great pastries you need to eat before leaving Lisbon.
Marquis of Pombal Square.
There’s a monument in the Marquis of Pombal Square to the marquis who rebuilt the centre of the city after the earthquake in 1755. The Square is at one end of the Liberdade Avenue, where I saw F1 cars once.
Café in Lisbon.
I can’t remember the exact location of this café, but it shows the essence of what Lisbon made me feel.
Lisbon – Turismo de Portugal
Revelar LX (available in English soon)
Câmara Municipal de Lisboa (in Portuguese)
Always looking for this.
People, this it coming to its end!
The trip to the north was great. I took lots of pictures for the ones who ask for them, but are not really interested in them. Maybe the best of all is the one I took watching the sunset alone. It was good to travel alone because I ran through cities in a couple of hours. In fact, I arrived to Lisbon one day before I had planned. I saved time and money ― for I’m Catalan.
But the trip to the south will be just a sprint. I had thought to visit Fare and Évora and spend one day in each place, but I’m so fast that I will do Faro-Beja-Évora in twenty-four hours. The trip to Faro will take four hours. I will take the bus at night to be there at sunrise time. I will sleep in the bus and will make the most of the day light time. I’m a genius.
I think I can open a travel agency. “Visit half Portugal in four days for only 60 euros, full board” will be my first offer.
There’s only one thing left to do. I invite you to Barcelona’s airport next Sunday 23rd at 12.10 p.m., terminal C, flight VY5113, if you want to welcome ― with banners showing your love, red carpet and limousine ― a young, attractive, nice, intelligent guy arriving from Lisbon. By the way, I will be in the same plane.