This beautiful bridge, which spans the Ria Douro, was designed by Théophile Seyrig, a disciple of Gustave Eiffel. It has multiple levels, and is open to Metro, foot and automobile traffic.
Gustave Eiffel is most famous for the Eiffel Tower in Paris. His mark, through his work and those of his students, can be felt throughout Portugal. Besides the Dom Luis I Bridge, the Maria Pia Bridge in Porto is an Eiffel work, as is the Eiffel Bridge in Viana do Castelo. The Santa Justa Lift in Lisbon was designed by Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard, a student of Eiffel’s.
Known as “the backbreaker,” Rua Quebra Costa is a steep lane, really more a staircase, that winds its way from Torre de Almedina to the the old city and the University of Coimbra. along the way, you pass Fado ao Centro, the Cathedral and the Machado de Castro National Museum before reaching the university at the top. Rua Quebra Costa is quite photogenic. I especially love the Tricana de Coimbra sculpture that sits on a wall near the bottom of the lane.
Rua Quebra Costa is not a road to take if you’re in a hurry. Take your time and enjoy the sights.
It was raining when we visited Ponte de Lima, Portugal. While rain can put a damper on a tourist’s visit, we decided we wouldn’t let the weather stop us. Ponte de Lima is a beautiful little town in the north of the country and is a popular tourist destination.
This photo is across the River Lima. I love the way the gold blades of the windmill stand out in an otherwise monochromatic scene.
I took this photo of the Brooklyn Bridge while taking a Circle Line tour of Manhattan in 2004. The tour allowed for unusual perspectives. In this case, it’s a view of the bridge from below, with the Manhattan skyline in the background.
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Emma Lazarus, 1849-1887
This stone hall is in the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza in Guimarães, Portugal. I love the texture of the stone and the way the light “bends” as it goes from the floor to the wall opposite the doorway. I also like the austerity of the hall. Much of the Dukes of Braganza is given over to extravagance. This simple hall appeals to me more than the palace’s many large rooms full of treasures.
The venerable University of Coimbra is not the oldest school in the city. The Mosteiro de Santa Cruz predates the university by over a century. The monastery was a highly respected school during medieval times.
Saint Theotonius was the monastery’s first prior and Saint Anthony of Padua studied theology and Latin at the monastery. The first two kings of Portugal, Afonso Henriques and Sancho I, are buried in the church.
Because of its historical importance, the Mosteiro de Santa Cruz is a Portuguese National Landmark.
I really like photographing street scenes and cityscapes. This photograph was taken from near the Porto Cathedral. I love the colors of Porto, with the azulejos of various colors. Another thing that I find fascinating is the juxtaposition of the old and new. The modernity of the cars and satellite dishes and graffiti don’t really seem out of place against the buildings, some of which are hundreds of years old.
This old lock is at the Duke Homestead in Durham, North Carolina. Duke Homestead was the home of Washington Duke, the philanthropist who brought Trinity College, now Duke University, to Durham. The black and white image brings the focus on the lock rather than on the wooden door. I like the how the texture of the wood and, to a lesser extent, the hasp, contrast with the smooth surface and hard edges of the lock.
There’s art of all sizes and styles in Portugal. These little sculptures are on the wall at the fortaleza. They’re simple and colorful and a bit whimsical and perfect for a view of the beach from the fort.