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The 25 de Abril Bridge in Lisbon, Portugal is often compared to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge because they are both suspension bridges painted the same color. However, the bridge’s “sister” bridge is actually the San Francisco Bay Bridge.  Crossing the Tagus River, the bridge’s upper deck has six lanes for vehicles and it’s lower deck […]

Portuguese architecture has been influenced by many different cultures over the years including the Romans, Visigoths, and Arabs.  Here are three of my favorite images of Portuguese architecture.  What do you think?  Do you have a favorite below? Portuguese Architecture Photo #1.  Azulejos are ceramic tiles found on both the interior and exterior of homes, […]

Behind this statue is Castelo de São Jorge, Castle of São Jorge, a Moorish, hilltop castle in Lisbon, Portual overlooking the Tagus River.  While I didn’t get a chance to get any closer to the medieval structure, it still looked impressive from this angle. On Today’s Date in the Past: Cactus and Contrast The Country Club […]

Rossio Square has been one of Lisbon, Portugal’s main squares since the Middle Ages. Over the years it has been the backdrop of revolts, celebrations, bullfights, and executions.  Today it is a lovely, open space frequented by locals and tourists. Here are three photos from Rossio Square.  What do you think?  Do you have a […]

My last day in Lisbon, Portugal, I had three hours to see as much of the city as I could before my flight.  I’m not sure what building this was or where I was in town, but this doorway it is a great example of the amazing architecture I saw during those three hours. On […]

Christo Rei, or Christ the King, is a colossal statute of Jesus inspired by Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It stands on a cliff that is is the highest point in Lisbon, Portugal.  While I didn’t get a chance to visit the Monument while I was in Lisbon, it was conveniently located […]