Our last afternoon in Lisbon was spent exploring more of the city and getting caught in a rainstorm.
We made our way back to the downtown section after spending the morning in the Alfama neighbourhood. We walked around looking for a cafe to stop and have lunch.
There were no shortage of cafes in the area.
I was just taking a photo of the door when it opened.
We had barely finished lunch when the rain started and just didn't stop. People were going for cover in the shops and hotels. The city drains could not handle the amount of rain that was falling. Some of the manholes actually were blown off and there were huge gushers of water.
We found some cover during part of the storm and ended up going into a shop and getting bags to cover our cameras.
Our plan had been to walk back to the hotel but the rain kept on getting worse so four of us grabbed a cab to go back to the hotel.
This shot was taken from inside the cab through the window.
Another shot of the water on the cab window. The driver did an excellent job of maneuvering the cab through the water and traffic to get us back to the hotel safely. It was no easy task.
Well the rain finally let up and I went for a walk around the streets near the hotel.
I ended up taking a few reflection and panning shots.
We went for a night walk and I got a shot of the city at night. We took a tram to a spot overlooking the city and then walked back to the hotel.
I went back to the same spot for sunrise but it was a very foggy morning.
The Santa Casa da Miserlcordia is a Portuguese charity founded in Lisbon in 1498 by the Queen Leonar of Portugal.
This is a photograph of one of Lisbon's major cinema/theatre buildings. It opened in 1931 and was designed by architects Casino Branco and Carlo Florencio Dias. Across the top of the huge facade is a stone frieze depicting stylized actors performing before a film crew and cameras. The cinema closed in 1989 and was unused for many years until it was converted into a 134 room apartment hotel known as the Orion Eden Hotel. The facade was modified by removing the two huge film advertising posters and providing an atrium. Apparently the rooms are pie-shaped to fit inside the former auditorium space.
The pavement in Rossio square is composed of the unique Portuguese tiles and the design is very unusual. The impression given is of an uneven, wavy area. Of course when you are walking the pavement is perfectly even so the effect is very impressive.