Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Looking back at Lisbon

As I pack away my summer clothes for another year and as I wait patiently (OK, not so patiently - I'm practically lying in wait for the postman each day) for the photo book of our trip to arrive I thought I'd share a few photo collages to give you a taste of the city of Lisbon.
The city is hilly - those roads are STEEP!  There are steps up from one level to another as you can see in the top right picture, thank goodness that the steepest ones have the old funicular railways to get you from top to bottom.  The other old form of transport is the tram as you can see in the centre photo on the left.  I thought maybe having my photo taken next to a statue of a lottery vendor might bring me luck in the National Lottery that night; it didn't work.  Being a total Brit, after all that walking it was time for a reviving, refreshing cuppa in a pretty sun lit square! 
The views from the tower in the top left column were amazing and well worth the trip up there.  The rest of the photos in this collage were taken in the Belem district, which is where the famous Pastel de Nata originated.  Of course we had to try one while we were there.  Actually, we tried them in all manner of places during that weekend, but the ones we had here in a cafĂ© overlooking the river were the best of the bunch!  The main monument there is to commemorate the explorers that left Portugal to find foreign lands.  Next to it is a memorial to all the soldiers that have died in wars.  The triangular brickwork in the centre has a flame burning all the time.  It was a very touching, and beautiful memorial. 
 
I just love a good sunset picture when we go on holiday, and this top left one is one of my favourite pictures of the trip.  As you can see there is much street art, fountains and fiesta decorations - every street has something to look at.
 
So I guess that is the last time I shall be seeing blue skies or feeling the sun on my skin until next year!  It was a brilliant end to the summer and I can't wait for that book to arrive so I can browse through the pages whenever I want.  Although it's good to have all your photos stored on your computer, you don't browse through them like you do a photo album and I always have this terrible 'what would we do if the computer lost them all?' thoughts - hence the need to make a photo book on our return from holidays!  Does anyone else out there make photo books?  If so, which company do you use?  We've always used Photobox which I'm pleased with but I'm always open to suggestions of better places to try!

7 comments:

Sian said...

I've never yet made a photobook, even though I keep saying I'm going to. Now I'm on IG maybe I'll start with one of those little cute ones? It certainly sounds like the perfect way to enjoy all your gorgeous holiday pictures

Sandra said...

We made a photo book as a gift for Simons Nan when she turned 100 but that's the only time. I can understand your eagerness though, you've got some great photos

Susanne said...

Oooo, enjoyed the snaps!

Patio Postcards said...

Thanks for the tour of Lisbon. Some very lovely buildings. Yours is going to be a great book to keep on the coffee table for all to see. It makes me want to try a photo book.

alexa said...

Your photobook is really going to showcase Lisbon ... These are super. I am making my first photobooks this year with Blurb, so I'll let you know :). I am putting them together for the same reason as you: what if!

Julie Kirk said...

It looks so beautiful, I can see why you'd want to keep the memories safe. I've never made a book but I do like the idea [my home printer is depressingly fickle!!]

Gail said...

Your glimpses of Lisbon were wonderful - will definitely have to put it on the must see list.