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Fun Photo Friday — 54 Days at Sea, Lisbon favorites 2


King John I

Fun Photo Friday Lisbon favorite #2 of three:

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54 Days at Sea — Lisbon; Façades and Fado


Lisbon, Portugal

Ursula and I spend much of our first day in Lisbon just hoofing it through the streets and soaking in the views.

Lisbon, Portugal

There’s much to see and do here, so be well rested and have a good pair of walking shoes!

Lisbon, Portugal

Fortunately, we had a relaxing evening planned, which I’ll get to in a moment. Until then, let’s take a look first at the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha (Lady of the Old Conception):

Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha

The really neat view in this church is the overhead plaster relief in the nave, which depicts Mary, an angel slaying a dragon with a spear, and, rather surprisingly, a depiction of God. All are surrounded by cherubs:

Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha

Back into the sun for a little trek back to the ship in order to prepare for the evening’s festivities:

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

We had a date with some fellow passengers for the Lisbon tradition called Fado. Fado traces its origins back nearly 200 years. Fados consist of a very specific musical genre, and they are conducted in restaurants. The music is schmaltzy; usually about life, especially the poor; and melancholic. The person who put together our visit to fado this night chose Taverna d’el Rey (Tavern of the King) in the ancient Alfama Quarter of Lisbon. It is this section of Lisbon most famous for fado bars and cafés.

Taverna d’el Rey

Looking at the reviews for Taverna d’el Rey, it appears not very popular with visitors. I don’t know why, as we had a blast. But, then, it could be because we were in a large group. Nevertheless, if you’re experiencing Lisbon then you should experience the culture, which includes fado:

Warming up for the Fado

Following this week’s Fun Photo Friday, I’ll be rerunning some of my Christmas Season articles, including two humor pieces, how to photograph Christmas lights (three-part series), and some Christmas light photo series. Look for a return to the 54 Days at Sea series on December 31, when we’ll begin the transatlantic crossover back to the U.S. with a stop in the Azores.

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54 Days at Sea — Lisbon; Tiles on roofs & tiles on walls


Tiled wall, Lisbon

So, you thought Cádiz had tile work? Well, guess what . . . Lisbon buildings are covered in it.

Tiled wall, Lisbon

Tiles cover walls:

Laundry and tile

Tiles cover roofs:

Tiled roofs, Lisbon

Tile is nearly everywhere:

Tiled wall, Lisbon

But not all buildings in Lisbon are so adorned. Some have paint:

Fruit stand

Some are stone:

Stone façade

Now let’s just look at some streets in Lisbon:

Lisbon street scene

Narrow street

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