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Twenty Four Hours with the LiveWires

We arrived last night just in time to say good night, walked J&T to school this morning and after a quiet day collected them These are our favourite times with the youngsters! We took them for a treat at a small French cafe and after some special time with them and their Mum, have just been dropped off at the station to catch the sleeper home.





Design for the Christmas card competition.

Leaf on the walk home.

 
 

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Breakfast, Butterfly and Arrival

A delicious last breakfast in Lisbon, more street art on the way to the airport and Terminal Two at Heathrow looking rather smart.


 
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Posted by on October 17, 2017 in art, Beauty, environment, Food

 

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Fishy Street Art in Sesimbra

A drive out of Lisbon today took us to Sesimbra in the Parque National Serra de Arriba where street art was in abundance and almost all had a fishing theme. 

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And for more fun, some gnomes we spotted from the coach window as we came into the town.

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2017 in art, Beauty, ceramics, environment

 

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Station Art, Belem and Fondue

Two pieces of pleasing tile art from the stations, a gleeful Devil and some Ghost dancers, as we went on our journey to visit Belem, the Tower, the Padrao dos Descobrimentos, (Monument to the Discoveries)and the Berarda Art Museum returning home in time for another jacuzzi and a G&T before a splendid supper at a Fondue restaurant.






The oven where our Crostini were toasted.

The delightful sign on the Ladies’ loo.

Looking up into the sky light at the Berarda Museum, reminiscent of the James Turrell piece in the Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens in Cornwall.
Fabulous photographs by Lu Nan of life in Tibet. I found these very moving.

Wonderful meal!

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2017 in architecture, art, Beauty, environment, History

 

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Free Day in Lisbon

We escaped the tour today to do our own thing –  visit The Gulbenkian Museum and Modern Art Gallery, have a picnic lunch, walk in the Eduardo VII Parque and finish with a jacuzzi!


Madame Claude Monet by Renoir

The Stocking by Mary Cassat, one of my favourite artists.

Beautifully worn Library steps

Delightfully naughty little Cherubs in the tapestry from Mantua dated 1540

Gorgeous grasses in the gardens, only 6″ high.

More to add after dinner! And here I am, back again!

Seed pods found in the Parque.

View from the fountain in the park right down to the sea.

Mother’s elegant toes followed by baby’s chubby toes.


A Fig tree growing inside an Olive tree.

 

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´╗┐Sightseeing in Lisbon

What a lot of walking and what a lot of lovely things to see. Join us on our stomp!

Pavement designs of city emblem.


A superb example of Manueline  architecture.


Discombobulating design that makes one feel that the earth is moving, reminiscent of the earthquake.

Children on a school trip.

Colourful market produce in Mercado de Ribeiro.

After the funicular ride.

Making the best of a hole in the wall!

Fatima’s hands.

A fabulous shop full of things I could buy! All I bought was a scarf but that might change if we return tomorrow…..

I love the detail in the cloth  of this young newspaper boy.



Lamps on three corners.

Pasteis de natal which we had at the end of the afternoon in a small cafe near our hotel.

 

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Breakfast, Nazares and Lisbon

Bucks Fizz has been on offer each morning in our Porto Hotel and this morning, being our last, some of our party indulged!

Our long journey was broken half way through by a visit to Nazares, a lovely old town on the coast.


A stroll around the streets near our hotel in Lisbon revealed some more street art. Both here and in Porto, in between the glorious architecture, there seem to be very many abandoned buildings left to deteriorate. At least here they have been painted with some humour and imagination.

The streets were pretty in the dappled sunlight.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2017 in art, Beauty, environment

 

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