Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lisbon Portugal Part II

From Sao Jorge Castle
 There are plenty of must-sees in Lisbon during the week we spent in that fine city. We managed to see quite a lot and I am pretty certain that we hit all the main touristy spots.

We even managed to sample the food and thanks to www.tripadvisor.com we were able to find a few out of the way restaurants that we were glad we discovered.
Sao Jorge Castle
 I all, I took 2300 photos thanks to my recently acquired Panasonic G6 and older 14-45 lens. The camera was a joy to use, very light to carry and quite usable on the fly. I took three lens with me, my 45mm, my 40-150 and of course my 14-45. I ended up using the kit lens the most as the other two lens are not stabilized. My biggest challenge was selecting the right ISO setting for the interior shots, many of which are ISO 3200 and ISO 6400, though I tried to stay away from the much higher ISO settings. In the churches and museums you simply cannot use a flash. I shoot aperture priority and I like having some control over what I am shooting. I am pleased to say that there were very few dud shots. I did not take as many videos shots as I could or should have but the few that I took were of very high quality.
Sao Roque church
 Seen here are shots of Sao Jorge Castle, Sao Roque Church and St Jeronimos Monastery.

Personally the jewel of them all was Sao Roque church. The interior was absolutely stunning. I have just one shot here of the six chapels, each one as awe inspiring as the next. Next to Sao Roque church is a fine ecclesiastical museum which is a gem in itself. It depicts the political and cultural significance of the catholic church during the 12th through to the 19th century.
Jeronimos Monastery
 The Monastery is a solemn place with few artifacts but evokes a time when the church was at its most influential.
Jeronimos Monastery courtyard
I will post some shots of Fatima, our most memorable side trip, in the next day or so.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lisbon Portugal Adventure

Belem Tower
 A city that has always been on my list of places to see is Lisbon, Portugal. Now I know that a week is not a very long time to visit a city which is such a distance form our home in Canada but we managed to see just about everything we wanted to see during our brief stay.

Monument to the Discoveries
I look over 2300 photos but I thought I would post only a few photos which represent some of the iconic views / attractions of the city. The first two are of the monument and tower in Belem which in itself is worth a visit. We paid the extra to go to the top of the Monument to the Discoveries and enjoyed a spectacular view of the city.

Jerome Chapel
 Next is the Saint Jerome Monastery and chapel. The monastery side is now a natural history museum which really did not interest at all but the church / chapel was well worth seeing. Of course, I took dozens of photos.
Parliament Building
 The parliament building is impressive but too many steps up to bother exploring the interior which we learned later on was by appointment only.
Iconic Arch
 The next shot is probably what most folks would recall when visiting Lisbon. It is located near a very large commercial square on the waterfront and defines the gateway into the city itself and to its most important tourist district.
Castle
One of many beautiful churches
 No visit to Lisbon would be complete without a visit to the castle. We learned that the castle is actually an amalgam of structures over the last 1000 years but it offers probably the best view of the city itself.

There are churches aplenty and we took hundreds of photos of the interiors of a number of churches.