Friday, January 16, 2015

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

This is part 3 entry of Belém (Lisbon).

The fifty meter tall Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) that shaped like ship's prow, can be found on the northern bank of the Tagus River estuary. For sure, it represents a romanticized idealization of the Portuguese exploration!

That's where Vasco da Gama embarked on his voyage to india in 1497 and also where Christopher Columbus had to anchor his ships due to the storm on his way back to Spain after his triumphal discovery of the Americas. It's around 900 meter away from Belém Tower, BTW.

The monument was built in 1960 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Henry the Navigator's death. It should be noted that the monument we see today is the replica of original one that was built for the Portuguese World Fair opening in June 1940. The original monument was demolished after the exposition. 

Great people on western side
In total, there are 33 figures along two sides of the monument. That includes great people with variety of occupations and each idealized figures is designed to show movement towards the unknown sea.

This is The Weekend in Black and White entry, 16th January 2015. and Shadow Shot Sunday 2


Have a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Museu da Electricidade

Photos taken in Belém (Lisbon) continue...

The electricity Museum was established in 1990. After going through rehabilitation, buildings and interiors were renovated in 2006. Since then visitors can experience and enjoy various cultural and scientific exhibits as  part of museum's initiatives to make science more fun and exciting. The permanent exhibition shows original machinery and educational spaces with demonstrations can entertain visitors of all ages. 

When I got there, the museum was already closed, however, this was the first building that caught my attention while taking tram. It is located just in front of tram stop.

It's free of charge, opens from 10 AM to 6 PM (closed on Monday).

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Torre de Belém

Happy New Year!

The 1st entry of 2015 is from Lisbon. The photos were taken during my Christmas vacation in beloved country, Portugal!

Torre de Belém is located in the southwesternmost civil parish of Santa Maria de Beléin the municipality of Lisbon. Belém is derived from the Portuguese word for Bethlehem. 

Along with Jerónimous Monastery, Tower of Belém is registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The tower was built on a small island in the Tagus River near the Lisbon shore in the Age of Discoveries.

I enjoyed what parish of Belém has to offer. There are numerous architectures and places for shooting - Padrao dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries), Museu Nacional de Arqueologia (National Archaeology Museum), Museum da Marinha (Navy Museum), Centro Cultural de Belém (Cultural Centre of Belém), Museu da Electricidade (Electricity Museum) and so on...  

Image from Wiki

Pastel de nata (egg tart pastry) was very yummy,BTW! It is a MUST visit shop! 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Gare do Oriente

Instead of coming back to Japan I decided to head to Portugal for Christmas vacation this year. The view of the Oriente station , one of the main transport hubs in Lisbon, is just stunning and loved it!

Oriente Station is one of the world's largest stations which makes it as busy as Grand Central Terminal in NYC, according to Wiki, however when I took photo around 10 PM, it was almost empty...

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

St. John of Nepomuk

The Prague Castle (or Wiki site) is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records... This is also the official residence and office of the president of the Czech Republic. It took almost one day to explore the Castle. As I have zero knowledge about Christianity architectures (Gothic style? Renaissance style??), please visit links above...

This is the tomb of John of Nepomuk in St. Vitus Cathedral. You have to pay to see it... It's Prague, you know.

It caught my eyes as I like shiny metallic color.

You can also meet him in Charles Bridge. He is a national saint of the Czech Republic and is often portrayed with a halo of five stars, the palm of martyrs. He also carries s cross (crucified Jesus). This statue is the oldest on the bridge.

In 1393, he was thrown into the Vitava river at the site where his statue is currently standing.

Iron Forged Grid with St. John Nepomuk varving

The great majority of tourists come to touch him, anticipating to bring good fortune and to ensure to return to Prague soon.


Of course, I did not touch him.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Street Performance in Prague Part Two

This is part two entry of street performance in Prague... at night!
As you can see, it was a very slow shutter but he did not move. He was professional.

Happy Halloween!!!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Powder Tower At Night

I find it more interesting to ramble Prague downtown at night. It's still safe, lots of drunk tourists are there and light-ups are everywhere.

The 65 m tall Powder Tower is one of my favorite buildings in Prague.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Ostrava - Vitkovice

I visited the 3rd largest city in the Czech Republic, Ostrava, located in the north-eastern area that is close to Polish border. I was there just to take photos of the National cultural landmark, including Hlubina coral mine, coking plant, and blast furnaces. They are located in Vítkovice

Although it was only a night stay there, I visited twice - daytime and at night. When buildings were lit up after the sunset, they looked like Moon base. When I got off tram at Vítkovice vys. pece, I immediately fell in love with the area!!! The view was just breathtaking.

When I was there, there was a opera concert taking place. I am not sure if you can see an audience in the photo below. As I did not have a ticket I could not walk around during the concert... Well, I should not complain because I could take photos by listening to opera songs as BGM. It was free of charge.

Although I haven't explored Czech Republic yet, Vitkovice is by far my favorite place! I promised myself to visit there once again, expecting that there is no more events.

This is Our World Tuesday entry.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Statues On Charles Bridge

Oh Jesus!!!

It's been over 4 months since the last entry. Sorry for that.

Eventually I've had a chance for sightseeing the capital of Czech Republic, Prague! That was my first time to spend a free time in Prague during my 19 months stay in Czech!

As expected, I headed to Charles Bridge.

This is Our World Tuesday End Of June Edition entry.