Lisbon, Portugal - The Colors of Alfama

Saturday, August 22, 2015

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Alfama is one of the old historic towns in Lisbon. Of all the places I visited abroad in May, this was one of my absolute favorites overall and definitely the most beautiful place I saw in Portugal.An interesting part of this area was riding the old trolley. They are hand operated by a driver at the front. Because I'm not from the area, I didn't anticipate the number of slopes and twists and turns on the cobblestone road. Add that to an seemingly unsafe speed for such a place, it seemed worse standing up in the ride for that than it was in all the times I've ridden the subway in Manhattan. The hills were almost comparable to San Francisco hills. Almost.

Many of the buildings are either painted a happy pastel color or tiled with unique painted tiles from top to bottom, which added variety and fun to what would otherwise be just another plain city in Europe. And that was what I loved most about Alfama. Although the colorful homes and doors were weathered and old, they seemed to hold stories, and being someone who loves color and design, this was a special place for me to visit. A quiet and peaceful place.



More to my travels through Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal - Belém
Lisbon, Portugal - Cabo da Roca

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  1. hahahaha that reminds me of riding the trolley to my interview in sf. i was confused and startled...

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