A little while ago, I did a series on Rotterdam. I enjoyed it, it gave me a new perspective on a city I’ve know for years, and helped me to stay in love with photography. It was so much fun, that I decided to do this more!
In the second week of June, my girlfriend and I needed a little break, away from our hectic lives in a chilly Netherlands. We went to Lisbon, what gave me another reason, to start a new series. So, for the next six weeks, I’ll take you to the streets of the wonderful capital of Portugal, starting in the old district: Bairro Alto.
Lisbon, or in Portuguese, Lisboa, is the capital of Portugal. It is the largest city of Portugal, home to over half a million people. Like any city, Lisboa is divided in districts. One of them is Bairro Alto, meaning “Upper District“. The name is not because it is an upper-class district, but because it’s positioned high above Lisboa.
This beautiful district is full of steep slopes, bringing you up and down the city through wonderful small alleys. Although the scenery is very idyllic, the smell is not! Somehow it is very acceptable that the streets smile like pee.
Bairro Alto ends at Praça de D. Pedro IV, or the Rossio Square, in the district of Baixa Pombalina. From this square, you have a great view on Bairro Alto above you, looking at the church called “Igreja do Carmo”.
Rossio square, is a wonderful place, but for the male tourist there is a catch: Many people will approach you to sell drugs: weed, hashish, or cocaine. Very annoying, yet harmless men. I think it is not real drugs, so don’t be surprised if you end up smoking oregano! I was asked to buy drugs by 10 guys in 10 minutes, and that is without exaggerating! These men somehow at least have the decency to leave the ladies alone, except for an occasional creepy smile, or maybe a “you look beautiful” towards the blondes coming from the more northern parts of Europe.
But the beauty of the square isn’t completely destroyed by those annoying lads.
From Rossio square, you can walk down the street Rua Augusta, through the gates, to the wonderful river Tajo.
One tip: Do not go to a restaurant for diner on Rua Augusta, it’s pricey, and bad! Instead, for diner, wander the streets of Bairro Alto around 8 in the evening and enjoy it there! Or take the tram, and get out at a random place you seem to like…