The Rua Da Academia das Ciências in Lisbon is a narrow lane 100m from our family’s abode. Cars that turn into it have to slow down to navigate the sharp turn and pedestrians hug the wall to let the cars pass. The arch and the bridge a bit further on used to connect a convent and a church many centuries ago. It is rumoured that the priests secretly used the bridge at night to visit the nuns.
A simple tribute to the people who live or lived in this simple narrow alley in Mouraria, Lisbon…in the words of the artist, Camilla Watson who moved to Lisbon in 2007:
"The photographs on these walls are a tribute to the elderly who live here. They walk this beco daily and their spirit makes this corner of Mouraria special."
The tribute is a simple one and the process of getting the photographs on the wall isn’t. She sets up a mobile darkroom in the area she’s going to be working in. Click on the link above if you’d like to read more about her process. In the meantime, enjoy the gallery below this photo.
The gallery below shows these wonderful people, subject of this simple photographic tribute, in the places where they live, love and work.
Click on any image to enlarge the photo and scroll through the gallery.
It’s said that Lisbon is built on seven hills. Indeed it’s a city that has many stairs and elevators to help pedestrians easily navigate the steeply cobbled roads.
If you want to avoid working your leg muscles it’s easy to take a tram, bus, taxi or metro. Me, I prefer walking.
Many years ago my sister and I walked down Calçada do Combro in our high-heels and were surprised when people looked at us strangely. It’s not easy to navigate those cobbles in stilettos, as we discovered soon enough.
There is a system of internal elevators that take you up (or down) from the city centre to Alfama, situated on the slopes of the nearby hill. It’s a lot of fun because you hopscotch your way up from one elevator to another, each elevator in a different residential building that has opened it’s doors and elevators for the elderly residents of the district to use, although anybody can use them. It’s like doing the Tarzan thing, elevator-to-elevator and terrace-to-terrace, until you get to the top – you’ve go to go and experience it yourself!
There are countless stairs throughout the city. I came across the Beco Do Quebra Costas, otherwise translated as “Break Back Alley” – it sounds much better in Portuguese, more colourful and descriptive – whilst walking about the Alfama district of the city.
Hello all, I’m on holiday and my intention is to blog as often as possible. I’m taking lots of pics and some of them will make it onto these pages.
I’m in Portugal and what’s playing havoc with my internal clock is the fact that the sun sets well after 20h30. Even in summer it is dark at this time in South Africa, so when it gets dark where I am now, I realise how late it is already.
I will post as often as I can – I did the WordPress Weekly Challenge – you can find it here. Hope you enjoy it.