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Amazing photo of “Ponte Vasco da Gama” in Lisbon! via BlogTwistedSifter.
THE LONGEST BRIDGE IN EUROPE
The Vasco da Gama Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge flanked by viaducts and rangeviews that spans the Tagus River in Parque das Nações in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. It is the longest bridge in Europe (including viaducts), with a total length of 17.2 km (10.7 mi), including 0.829 km (0.5 mi) for the main bridge, 11.5 km (7.1 mi) in viaducts, and 4.8 km (3.0 mi) in dedicated access roads. Its purpose is to alleviate the congestion on Lisbon’s other bridge (25 de Abril Bridge), and to join previously unconnected motorways radiating from Lisbon.
Construction began on February 1995; the bridge was opened to traffic on 29 March 1998, just in time for Expo 98, the World’s Fair that celebrated the 500th anniversary of the discovery by Vasco da Gama of the sea route from Europe to…
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A senhora e o seu engraçado cão, descansam na pequena varanda, depois das tarefas domésticas, num dos bairros mais típicos do centro histórico da capital.
Between the “Rua da Bica”, where the famous “Bica” Elevator passes for more than a century (it’s a National Monument since 2002) and the magnificent viewpoint known as “Miradouro do Adamastor”, a mythical sea monster from the epic Portuguese poem “Os Lusiadas”, by our beloved poet Luís de Camões. Nearby the brilliant building of Pharmacy Museum, “5000 years of history”.
Entre a Rua da Bica, onde há mais de um século passa o famoso Elevador, que é Monumento Nacional, desde 2002 e o Miradouro do Adamastor, o monstro mítico de “Os Lusíadas”, do nosso amado poeta Luís de Camões. Perto, o Museu da Farmácia, “5000 anos de história”.
“Adamastor” and the sudden ball or “mith vs life”!?!
O Adamastor e a súbita bola ou “mito vs vida”!?!
PS: Permission of lady to publish / Autorização da senhora para a publicação.
With plenty of sunshine, blue sky and calm sea everything is possible…
Find more about the “Santo Amaro / Areeiro” Fort at: http://www.getportugal.com/en/poi-forte-do-areeiro-ou-de-santo-amaro-805
Spanish tenor Jose Carreras was in Lisbon for a concert last June.
The young Portuguese “Fado” singer “Carminho” was a special guest.
O tenor José Carreras esteve em lisboa para um concerto comemorativo dos 75 anos da Rádio Renascença, em Junho passado.
Carminho foi a sua convidada especial.
Saint Anthony of Lisbon
IN Portugal, Saint Anthony is much beloved and venerated in the city. Today, June 13th, is His municipal holiday.
The festivities in honor of Saint Anthony begun yesterday, on day 12, with the popular marches, “Marchas de Lisboa”, allegorical parade down Avenida da Liberdade. A large firework ends the show.
The boys buy basil in a small pot, called “Manjerico” to offer girlfriends, which bring little flags with a popular proverb. The party lasts all night, and a bit all over the city, there are popular folk festivals, places of entertainment and typical food like grilled sardines, pork leg “febras”, “caldo verde” (a soup made with kale, cut into lint, which gives it a greenish color) and red wine. Listen to music and dancing until dawn, especially in old and very emblematic “Alfama” district.
“Santo Antonio de Lisboa” is also the matchmaker Saint, for the Portuguese people, so the Lisbon City Council organize, in the Patriarchal Cathedral, the marriage of several young couples of modest origin, every year on June 13. They are known as ‘St. Anthony Grooms’.
“Santo António de Lisboa” has born the 15th August, 1191 in Lisbon and died the 13th June, 1231, in Pádua.