During my walk yesterday I noticed an impressive colonnade that I needed to photograph. I got up early this morning while the streets were still quiet. There were a few people walking through on their way to work but patience won out as I was able to get the shot I wanted (below).
Only steps away from the colonnade is the Praça do Comércio, known to locals as the Terreiro do Paço (Palace Square), where the statue of King José I towers over those that visit here. The square was once the site of the royal palace for 400 years. To the north is the Arco da Rua Augusta, an impressive archway leading to the main shops and restaurants of the area.
After spending some time at the square I walked back to the Alfama region to see Sé. This gorgeous cathedral was built back in 1150 for the first bishop of Lisbon, the English Crusader Gilbert of Hastings. Sé is short for Sede Episcopal, the seat of the bishop. I was lucky to get here at a time when the sun was in the prefect position to add some interest to my photo.
As I walked aimlessly through the meandering streets of Alfama I came across a fun sight. Turning a corner I noticed this balcony where its residents had recycled their old jeans to use as planters. Something a little different that I wouldn’t expect to see here. Or really anywhere.
As my stomach rumbled and it started to get hot out it was time to head back to the apartment and see what my friends were up to.