A blog with pictures and memories from life in Lisbon. Um blogue de recordações de Milan Perveze...

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Aguas Livres Aqueduct, Lisbon.

Aguas Livres Aqueduct, Lisbon.

Pictures from the Aguas Livres aqueduct, built from 1732 onwards. It supplied water to the city, and it's main arch had the biggest opening in the world at the time. With its secondary aqueducts, it spans a distance of 58 km.

The old Lisnave communications tower, in Almada. As a kid, I dreamt of entering such a place in a rainy winter day, and watch those huge ships from all over the world entering the harbour. It is one of the few things that remains from one of the world's biggest shipyards, which was closed in the early 90's.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

An old windmill in the hill, which was transformed into a parking area for commuters leaving to Lisbon by ferry, in Almada.

My former apartment block in Almada.

View from the car.

My car!

When I was kid we've lived in that building in Almada for a while. The views were terrific, although the quality of life in this suburb of Lisbon was nothing special in the 70's.

Trees in the hill, overlooking the Tagus in Almada.

View to Cacilhas, a small village, with Lisbon on the other side of the Tagus.

View to the river from Almada.

It was a cold morning today, when I took these pictures from a hill in Almada, near Lisbon. The tower you can see near the river lies abandoned, after the huge Lisnave shipyard closed some years ago.

Bairro Alto at night, a very hilly place, where most of the capital's night life is located.

The narrow street near the Parliament, in Lisbon. Most of the buildings have been recently restored.

Went to pick up J. last night. The office is near the Portuguese Parliament, the Assembleia da República. I have finally decided to start taking pictures at night. The results were, obviously, very bad! So here I am again with some more pictures :)

Friday, December 10, 2004

Nopes, not Venice. A palace in the main square in Principe Real, Lisbon.

The doors to the Venetian style palace in Principe Real.

Nice late 19th century buildings in the Principe Real, Lisbon, most of them restored these days.

One of the fountains in the Santa Catarina viewpoint, with Lisbon in the back - unfortunately, over-exposed in this picture.

Heading to Principe Real in a sunny winter day, in the hilly old part of town.

Uh, I haven't updated my blog these days... So many things to worry about and so little time and inspiration to take pictures! I think my next step will be photographing trees and the countryside using an infrared filter - I have to find a way to adapt it to my Casio QV-5700. The results, at least in the magazines, seem quite awesome... Until than, some more attempts with sepia toning, as with this picture, my all time favourite view to the city, near the Bairro Alto.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Back to Sao Paulo... In life, we fall in love with people, with places... With all its contradictions, such a beautiful country, and with such warm and welcoming people, will not disappoint anyone. I wish I could only leave Europe behind for a while and be a Brazilian for some time. Well, as a popular saying here states, we live in hope...

Final pictures before we left. The clowds came back, and the rain...

Security is such a problem in Brazil, even here. All the fancy buildings are heavily guarded and protected against theft, as we can see in this picture. We have none of that, yet, in Lisbon. Fortunately.

Pavement in Florianópolis.

More pavement pictures with the "Calçada Portuguesa"

Old part of town once again. Portuguese colonial style in the façades very visible again.

A street in the old part of town, with the old colonial influences in its architecture.

This is the view from our room, in a three stars hotel in Canasvieiras (where we paid 15 dollars for the night!) . It was around nine in the morning when I took it. It was also our last day there (and the one when we could finally swim a bit).

Now that's me taking pictures with the Casio camera. J. took this one using the low resolution Aiptek. I can swear this picture was not edited in any way! This is exactly how the camera took it, and I'm still trying to find out how the clowds can look like that with no image editing. Lovely chinese Aiptek indeed.

View from the boat. These two bridges connect the island to the Brazilian mainland.

It was a clowdy day once again. I wonder how the whole place would look like in a sunny day...

View to the docking area, Floripa.

Docking area in Floripa. We took a tour by boat from here while we were there. It shows you the bay and the islands nearby, and they charged us less than a dollar per person!

Docking area in Floripa.

Another picture for K. This is the pavement in front of those buildings in the previous picture. Even nicer than in some parts of Lisbon.

The city of Florianopolis, with its beautiful - and expensive - apartment blocks. The standard of living there and the quality of life is better than anything I've seen in the Spanish mediterranean coast, which has the most visited beaches in the world. I hope it remains that way and that massive tourism will not reach Floripa that soon.

Another beach, near Canasvieiras.

This was one of the "wild" beaches in the island, where surfers go. The sea was quite rough there.

That small car in the center is a Fiat Palio we were renting. I have never seen that model (quite basic) in Europe. Brands like Wolkswagen and Fiat (as well as Chevrolet) have models specifically made for the Brazilian market.

A small village in the island, which was colonised by Portuguese from the islands of Azores. This 17th century church could be anywhere in Portugal.

The weather was rainy most of the time during our stay. Don't believe anyone that tells you that this is a tropical country. It was a fresh as Portugal (around 17, 18 º C), and we were lucky to get one or two sunny days and go to the beach. It's early spring in the southern hemisphere.

A beach in Canasvieiras, Florianópolis.

This is a map of the island of Santa Catarina, where Florianopolis is located. You can see the lakes where I took some of the pictures. The mountains that you can see in the beach photos are located in the mainland, which is clearly visible from the other side. The beaches can look completely different from each other in the island (everything changes, the sand, the waves).

Here's a map of Brazil (in Portuguese, we write it with an "s", Brasil) A small dot shows Sao Paulo, and a bit further to the south (another 12 hours journey by bus), is Florianopolis. Blumenau is not visible, but its only a bit to the west fo Floripa, as it is known locally. It's amazing, but the borders of modern Brazil were already established in the 16th century or so. I still can't figure it out how this was done that long ago, as it is a huge country.

In case any of you, my blogger friends, needs a better idea of the geography of my trip to Brazil, I'm posting two maps here - as suggested by Mr. "Bingo" :) I have never travelled so far, and it was a 12 hours journey, in an Iberia jet. I have finally discovered what a jetlag is! (Well, Brazil is only two hours behind Lisbon). Gee, even New York and Toronto are not so far away as Sao Paulo.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Lagoa da Conceição, Santa Catarina island.

Tree near the lake, island of Santa Catarina, Brasil.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

But nothing had prepared us for what we saw a few days later... The island of Santa Catarina, and Florianópolis, with its beaches, lakes and pristine nature... More on that later...


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