Belem District

June 10, 2015  •  9 Comments

20140921_Ecuador_000120140921_Ecuador_0001 We spent some time wandering around the Belem District.  Wherever you go in Portugal you find the beautiful Azulejos tiles.

20140921_Ecuador_005420140921_Ecuador_0054 When visiting the district,  the Pasteis do Belem is a "must"stop.  The cafe was built in 1837 and is visited by both locals and tourists.  The place had about 75 tables and was packed.  We were lucky to find a place to sit and try these wonderful and famous Portuguese tarts.  Most of our hotels always had them at breakfast but they were not nearly as good as the ones in this cafe.  

20140921_Ecuador_005520140921_Ecuador_0055 Leaving the cafe we found ourselves in the middle of a parade which was lots of fun to watch.  It also made it difficult to leave the area not that we were in a rush to.

The parade lasted for a long time.  

20140921_Ecuador_005720140921_Ecuador_0057 Even horses got into the act.  

20140921_Ecuador_005820140921_Ecuador_0058 Pups were enjoying the show as well.

20140921_Ecuador_006020140921_Ecuador_0060 We finally got through the parade and made our way to the National Coach Museum in Belem.  The museum has one of the finest collections of historical carriages in the world and is one of the most visited museums.  The museum is housed in the old Horse Riding Arena of the Belem Palace, formerly a Royal Palace which is now the official residence of the President of Portugal.  

20140921_Ecuador_005920140921_Ecuador_0059 This is the Landau of the Regicide which belonged to King Carlos 1 of Portugal.  On February 1st, 1908, the royal family were riding in the open landau  pictured above when an assassin stepped out and shot at the king.  Carlos was hit in the neck and killed immediately.   A second assassin climbed onto the carriage step and continued to shoot at the king while the queen attempted to push the gunman back by hitting him with a bouquet of flowers.   Prince Luis Filipe (Carlos's son and heir)  stood up and shot at the second assassin with a concealed revolver.  The prince was then shot  through the skull.    Both assassins and a third innocent passer-by, mistaken for an assassin, were shot and killed by the police.    The second son, Manuel who was shot in the arm was declared Manuel 11 and reigned for less than two years before the October 1910 revolution which permanently ousted  the monarchy after 250 years.   You can see two bullet holes above the royal crest.  

20140921_Ecuador_006120140921_Ecuador_0061 One of the windows in the museum.  

20140921_Ecuador_006220140921_Ecuador_0062 A statue of Afonso de Albuquerque located  in the Afonso de Albuquerque Square.  This square is located in front of Belem Palace, an early 18th century palace that now serves as  the residence for the President of Portugal.  The square is named after the second governor of Portuguese India, Afonso de Albuquerque and offers the best views of the palace.  

20140921_Ecuador_006320140921_Ecuador_0063 We found ourselves walking back to our hotel along the water.  

20140921_Ecuador_006420140921_Ecuador_0064 Colourful apartments beside the river.  

20140921_Ecuador_006520140921_Ecuador_0065 I came across this little boy who was fishing with his family.  He was very happy to have his photo taken and quite excited about the fish he had caught.

20140921_Ecuador_006620140921_Ecuador_0066 Taking advantage of the beautiful day.  

20140921_Ecuador_006820140921_Ecuador_0068 Sam and Chris keeping their distance.  While they rested, Gretchen and I walked and took photos.

20140921_Ecuador_006920140921_Ecuador_0069 The 25 de Abril Bridge is a suspension bridge connecting the city of Lisbon to the municipality of Almada on the left bank of the Tejo river.  It was inaugurated  on August 6th, 1966 and a train platform was added in 1999.  This bridge is often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.  

20140921_Ecuador_007020140921_Ecuador_0070 With a total length of 2,277 m, it is the 27th largest suspension bridge in the world.  The upper deck carries six care lanes, while the lower deck carries two train tracks.  The bridge was built by the American Bridge Company which constructed the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, but not the Golden Gate.  

20140921_Ecuador_007420140921_Ecuador_0074 We ended up  walking to  a local marina  before taking a cab back to the hotel.

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20140921_Ecuador_007620140921_Ecuador_0076 Some locals posing for me at the marina.

20140921_Ecuador_000120140921_Ecuador_0001 In the evening we headed out to the Bairro Alto.  This is a picturesque working class quarter dating from the 16th century that has traditionally been the city's bohemian district of artists and writers.

 

20140921_Ecuador_000120140921_Ecuador_0001 We were waiting for the  dinner and Fado concert  to start so I took a few photos in the area.  

20140921_Ecuador_008120140921_Ecuador_0081 The Fado is a music genre which can be traced to the 1820's in Portugal but probably had much earlier origins.  The songs can be about anything but they must follow a traditional  structure.  Usually the songs are characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or life of the poor.  I didn't understand a word but it was an interesting evening.  The musicians certainly showed a great deal of passion during the songs.

 


Comments

Doris(non-registered)
Fabulous photos -loved especially the young boy proud of his fish and the man sitting by the bridge! The pastries look delicious!
Beth(non-registered)
Loved the photo of the window panes in the museum. Did you, can you work it?
Wendy(non-registered)
Portugal looks great. The picture of the narrow alley towards the latter pictures is beautiful. I like the way that the light hits the stones and also the way my eye is drawn into the pictures. My favourite, of course, is the picture of the tarts on the table.
Jane Jamison(non-registered)
Interesting, Marsha. You always have good dog shots, and I loved the bridge and little fisherman.
Lovely reminders(non-registered)
Marsha

Those are lovely reminders of traveling with you. Come to Rwanda and see what you can find here.

Your images really are lovely.
Shelly
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