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Photos of Lisbon in Lockdown

2020 Camino Guides

jungleboy

Nick
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Edit: Here is an article I wrote on Medium to go with these pictures. It's about sound, light and lockdown.

On my way to and from extended grocery shopping trips this week, I've been able to walk through and photograph the Baixa and Chiado areas of Lisbon. I thought it might be interesting for others to see the emptiness in the city at the moment. If you know Lisbon, you'll know that all these places usually throng with people, especially on gorgeous days like this.

Praça do Comércio / Terreiro do Paço

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Praça do Município

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Rossio / Praça de Dom Pedro IV

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Praça de Camões

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Rua do Carmo

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natefaith

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We were just in Lisbon in January and it was bustling, even though it was low season. So crazy the difference just a couple of months make and the contrast.

Can you get up to Sintra and take photos of the castle with no one there?? THAT would also be nice to see. 🤣 Stay healthy!
 

Jamie K

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Portuguese Camino (May and June 2018)
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WOW... I was there just about a year ago.... this is shocking. I mean... I understand what's happening in Spain but visually seeing the places that I visited a year ago... gives me a true reality.. I really hope this is not the end of human history. If it is, I'm more than grateful that I have walked the way through Spain which has become my second home in my heart. Pray for you people in Spain...
 

jungleboy

Nick
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Primitivo 2018
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Wow, and to think I was supposed to be getting there on Easter Sunday! Seems like a million years ago that I had that hope and expectation.
Indeed, I was looking forward to seeing you. Of course, I had to cancel my trip to Australia, which would have finished this weekend.

Can you get up to Sintra and take photos of the castle with no one there?? THAT would also be nice to see. 🤣 Stay healthy!
Hehe, nice idea! On a more realistic note, I'm hoping to get to Belém one day to take a picture of the tower with no people there. If I don't want to take transport, I can walk there from my house in about 1hr 15mins while practicing social distancing, so I don't think it would be that irresponsible, would it?
 
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jungleboy

Nick
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Kumano Kodo 2019
I'd forgotten the sky could be that colour!! (I live in Scotland 😂)
Yes, we still have magical light and colour in Lisbon! Travellers and writers have often waxed lyrical about the light here, e.g. Barry Hatton in his Lisbon biography Queen of the Sea:

‘The light in Lisbon is something to marvel at, even beneath winter clouds. It is not so much a feature of the city as a hallmark. It is a textured brightness, a creamy glow, at once vivid and silky.’
 

peregrina2000

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Indeed, I was looking forward to seeing you. Of course, I had to cancel my trip to Australia, which would have finished this weekend.

Hehe, nice idea! On a more realistic note, I'm hoping to get to Belém one day to take a picture of the tower with no people there. If I don't want to take transport, I can walk there from my house about 1hr 15mins while practicing social distancing, so I don't think it would be that irresponsible, would it?
Go for it! That would be a very nice walk without all the traffic. Will the pastry shop be open for pick-up? You could send us a full photoshoot of all those great spots in Belem!
 

tpmchugh

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Been to Lisbon a few times. Beautiful city and oh those custard tarts, pastel de nata I think is the name. My spelling could be wrong but if you have tasted them, you wont care. One of those photos is close to a little bakery and the most unusual shop I have ever seen. The sardine shop. Hopefully, all being well, I will be back there early October. Stay safe everyone and Buen Camino
 
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Camino de Santiago, St Jean to Santuago, 2015
Camino Portuguese, 2018
On my way to and from extended grocery shopping trips this week, I've been able to walk through and photograph the Baixa and Chiado areas of Lisbon. I thought it might be interesting for others to see the emptiness in the city at the moment. If you know Lisbon, you'll know that all these places usually throng with people, especially on gorgeous days like this.

Praça do Comércio / Terreiro do Paço

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Praça do Município

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Rossio / Praça de Dom Pedro IV

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Praça de Camões

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Rua do Carmo

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AJGuillaume

Pèlerin du monde
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A friend who lives in Lisbon sent me this:
Beautiful words...
 

jsalt

Jill
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Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
Can you get up to Sintra and take photos of the castle with no one there?? THAT would also be nice to see.
Montserrate Palace on 7 Feb this year - only 3 others there when I visited.
REALLY enjoyed my day trip to Sintra. Visited Montserrate and Quinta da Regaleira.
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peregrina2000

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Beautiful writing, with such great historical touches. And those pictures are hard for me to look at without experiencing my own profound attack of saudade. Nick, now that the walk to Belem is probably on hold, your next photographic contribution could be to shoot some of those same places in the rain. I for one, would love to see some of those, and I see that weather.com predicts rain for all of next week. So if your camera can withstand the rain, how about some gloomy pictures on your forays to the food shops!
 

peregrina2000

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I don’t mean to derail this thread, but it is worth noting the huge difference in death toll between Portugal and the rest of Europe. Some say it was the early lockdown, others say it’s because the government announced full health coverage for all foreigners who have applied for immigration legalization, some say it’s because all political parties united behind the government’s announcement and avoided the infighting we see in so many places. I’m sure it’s impossible to identify a reason, and I’m sure there are many more contributing factors, but the difference is quite striking (Most recent total I have seen is 435 deaths, 15,000 cases more or less). This recent article is pretty interesting.

Hoping that Lisbon on lockdown photos continue.....
 

Tom Leonard

Boston Strong
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Montserrate Palace on 7 Feb this year - only 3 others there when I visited.
REALLY enjoyed my day trip to Sintra. Visited Montserrate and Quinta da Regaleira.
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My wife and I were there on this same day . We were spending February in Cascais and then left for 3 weeks going north and onward to PORTO after a few stops . While in COIMBRA I saw that yellow shell for the Camino . It reminded me of my Camino in 2015 and how it instantly reminded me of my journey and desire to do the Portuguese Camino . We left on March 16th back to Boston and just in time . Portugal ( we have spent two winters ) is beautiful along with the people ! I pray they stay safe and wish to return next winter . Buena Camino Amigos !!
 

jungleboy

Nick
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Can you get up to Sintra and take photos of the castle with no one there?? THAT would also be nice to see. 🤣 Stay healthy!
I finally managed to get to Sintra today as Portugal's recovery is on track and museums/palaces etc reopened on Monday. I didn't make it to the castle but I spent nearly an hour at the Pena Palace as the only visitor there. It was amazing!

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I finally managed to get to Sintra today as Portugal's recovery is on track and museums/palaces etc reopened on Monday. I didn't make it to the castle but I spent nearly an hour at the Pena Palace as the only visitor there. It was amazing!

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I've spent a lot of time in Sintra. Sintra is incredible and the Pena Palace is like Disneyland on acid! What a beautiful, crazy place. If you have time, be sure to see the Museum of the Coaches in Lisbon. It is one of my favorite museums!
 

natefaith

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I finally managed to get to Sintra today as Portugal's recovery is on track and museums/palaces etc reopened on Monday. I didn't make it to the castle but I spent nearly an hour at the Pena Palace as the only visitor there. It was amazing!

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Totally jealous that you had it all to yourself!!!! :) :) Thanks for the picture!
 
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To do: C Primitivo June 202x :(
I was there with my wife in October last year and then there were more than 6 people 🤪
Even difficult to walk on the small walls, people in both directions.
It seems that you had the place fore yourself👍😉
Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures in this 'strange times', makes me like I'm there in vacation again 🙂
Stay safe.
 

natefaith

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Done! It was amazing up there today!

(Although unfortunately there were six other people there which completely ruined it.) 🤣
SHOOT!! I made you go to extra effort, when actually I mistakenly was calling the Pena Palace the "castle". We actually haven't gone to the actual castle yet, but your photos are great. You had gorgeous weather! Thanks again! :) :)
 

jungleboy

Nick
Camino(s) past & future
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SHOOT!! I made you go to extra effort, when actually I mistakenly was calling the Pena Palace the "castle". We actually haven't gone to the actual castle yet, but your photos are great. You had gorgeous weather! Thanks again! :) :)
Haha, I would have gone anyway! Actually I even went back to the Pena Palace today for the second time in a week because it’s so spectacular in this light and with no crowds.

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natefaith

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SO beautiful!! Thanks for sharing. It was one of our favorite places when we visited and it's strange now to see it so empty. What a treat for you!
 

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