Lisbon's old center (or the districts of Alfama
and Bairro Alto) is mostly made up of narrow cobblestone alleys and pastel-colored houses. Many of those houses are now begging for a fresh coat of paint (unbelievably-low rent-controlled apartments mean landlords
can't afford or lack the incentive for the constant maintenance), but there's a certain decadent charm in that, as you will find out,
passing under their victorian lamps, wrought-iron balconies filled with flowerpots, the occasional dog or cat breathing
in the fresh air, or laundry flapping in the wind... Browse the shop windows,
sit at a cafe table, enjoy the aroma of coffee, watch the world go by...
That is the life and soul of Lisbon. These photos illustrate its incredible charm.
Click on the photos for larger views. (All photos by Mario Rui Fernandes -- (c) Copyright GoLisbon.com)