Rio de Janeiro? Nope: Lisbon.

When you see the photo below, I bet you think of Rio de Janeiro, but no, this one is in Portugal, across the Tagus River. Lisbon was born and grew at the Tagus river sides and up against those infamous seven hills, where you’ll find ‘miradouros’ , viewpoints, usually with benches (like the one I showed you in an earlier post) and people just sitting there and taking in the lovely view. There’s a saying in Lisbon that most people prefer to look at their city from above, instead of working in it.
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The Ponte sobre o Tejo is the longest suspended bridge in Europe (2278 meters) and when you cross it, you are at a height of 70 metres.When you stand on this bridge, even the immense harbour of the so unique city looks beautiful.

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Back to the bridge: it used to be the ‘Salazar’ bridge, but after the spectacular Carnation Revolution against the dictator (when the army put red carnations in their rifles, instead of bullets … and won). That took place on 25th April 1974 and the bridge has now become the Bridge of 25th April. Much better name and toodle-oo to Salazar. Good riddance.

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Yep, He is also there. That’s the connection with Rio de Janeiro. Coming from the north He faces you, a statue erected in 1959 to commemorate Portugal’s not being forced to take part in the Second World War. He is 28 metres tall and stands on a pedestal of 82 metres, with lifts to take you way up to the top, to a terrace from which you have a spectacular view of the city. I did go up there, but rather took the 486 steps up and same down. I’m a coward in lifts.

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No, neither the bridge, nor the statue are mentioned in The Sleeping Madonna. Remember? That’s the higly sensual, terribly romantic novel I will sign and dedicate just for you and you and you and you, after you push that Buy Now button and actually buy the book. 

Next post I’ll maybe put on another excerpt and for those who don’t give a tralala about my info about Portugal … tant pis, as we say in French. And yes, this is the second time I am posting this info. For those who missed it the first time around.

Oh, and by the way:

YOU ARE ALLOWED TO COMMENT , YOU KNOW. 🙂

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4 Comments to “Rio de Janeiro? Nope: Lisbon.”

  1. Great photo of this bridge; I really like the angle.

  2. I didn’t take it, Ilana-Davita (I’m sad to say). It’s yet another gem from Dreamstime.com.
    Nice to see you here. Hope you are well.

  3. Allowed to comment? Try to stop me!
    For anyone who hasn’t read the Sleeping Madonna – why haven’t you?
    I thought it might not be for me, being that it is in the words of the author, “a highly sensual, terribly romantic” novel, not my usual fare, but the quality of the writing means it transcends any specific genre.
    Joe

  4. I didn’t even try to stop you, chaver. Toda raba;

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