Weird Lisbon

All cities have their number of oddities and weirdness, so of course Lisbon is no exception. Here are just some examples of strange things in the Portuguese capital:

LisbonThe Garden of Limp Dicks
A small terrace halfway down an Alfama street has for decades been a meeting place for old men to spend their entire days watching life go by or play some cards. This simple place didn’t have a name until young kids started referring to it as “The Garden of Limp Dicks”… The name obviously caught on, and unbelievably, it’s been made official with a street sign that even uses the more vulgar word for the male anatomy. The picture on the right shows it in all its splendor. The old men standing below it every day see the humor in it and don’t seem to mind.

The Man with no Face
Is it a mask? Is that really a face? People stare to make sure it’s real – A man with huge tumors all over his face sits in a corner of Rossio Square looking like something out of “Ripley’s Believe it or Not.” The poor man has become known as “the man with no face” and there is no treatment for his rare condition. He’s become something of a celebrity, having even been featured in The Discovery Channel’s “My Shocking Story” series.

Use your hands only!
If you want to take photos of Lisbon, be sure to hold your camera with your hands only! That’s because a recent (ridiculous) law has prohibited the use of tripods to take pictures in the city’s public spaces, unless you get a permit first. If caught taking a photo using a tripod without a permit, be prepared to pay a fine.

The Cemetery of Pleasures
There is a neighborhood in Lisbon called Prazeres which means Pleasures in English. The city’s largest cemetery was built there, so naturally it became known as “Cemiterio dos Prazeres” or “The Cemetery of Pleasures”. It’s the last stop of the famous tram 28, which displays “Prazeres” in the front, so if you ride it until the end of its journey, don’t be fooled that you’ll end up in some fun theme park or in a naughty red light district…

The Little Lettuces
If New York is called “The Big Apple,” Lisbon could be called “The Big Lettuce.” That’s because at one time there was a significant migration from rural areas into the big capital city and those new residents brought their country habits with them. They were known to plant crops in their backyards, especially large spaces of lettuce. Lisboans then became known as “alfacinhas” which translates to “little lettuces,” today an endearing term used to refer to anyone born in the Portuguese capital.

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