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My story about a Lisbon Lookout..

My first day in Lisbon and my host says ¨you have to go to this secret lookout that I know which has the best views in Lisbon. You can´t beat local knowledge, so off I trot. I caught the right bus which took me on a half hour tiki-tour of Lisbon suburbs into the city. I eventually found the ferry building in the city and caught the number 3 ferry to the little town of Cacilhas. I found the walkway which ran for a couple of kilometers along the edge of the Tagus river. I even found the lift building which was going to take me up to the wonderful lookout. Unfortunately it was closed for repairs.. On my 2 kilometer walk back to Cacilhas I found Snoopy and a couple of posters for DONK (if you know what it means please let me know. All I could find was a that it is an old English word for moist). I also had a nice waterfront coffee and checked out the Portugese Navy circa 1845..

ferry across the Tagus river

ferry across the Tagus river


not a ferry

not a ferry


little town of Cacilhas

little town of Cacilhas


50 gun frigate built 1840

50 gun frigate built 1840


Portugal´s last sailing warship

Portugal´s last sailing warship


the lift to take me to a famous lookout

the lift to take me to a famous lookout


because I not a cliffclimber

because I not a cliffclimber


Lisbon´s suspension bridge ¨Ponte 25 de Abril¨

Lisbon´s suspension bridge ¨Ponte 25 de Abril¨


Distant shot of giant statue Christ the King

Distant shot of giant statue Christ the King


distant shot of cafe where I had a coffee..

distant shot of cafe where I had a coffee..


DONK...

DONK...


more DONK

more DONK


howdy

howdy


pardner

pardner


native wizard of Oz

native wizard of Oz


escaped from Hogwarts

escaped from Hogwarts


King Snoopy

King Snoopy


black and white

black and white

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Small town France and a bit of art...

I was told Aix en Provence was a lovely place to visit, some people even spend a few days there. I was expecting a quaint little village but what I got was a busy little university town of 150.000. It is full of quaint little lanes filled with shops and restaurants for the tourist trade. I think there might be one restaurant for every 100 people . There are streets absolutely full of empty restaurants ( it is the off season and cold ). I had a flask and bought a huge piece of amazing quiche for lunch. It was so so melt in the mouth good. I was surprised that it was really hard to find stuff to photograph but it seems most small towns look the same. I would struggle just the same if I had to find something special to photograph in Hamilton or Palmerston North in New Zealand. It was a good day though and the air was fresher than in Marseille, must be all the trees. I topped up this blog with photos I took on my last day in a great art gallery and a not so great museum in Marseille. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did...

biggest fountain in Aix en Provence

biggest fountain in Aix en Provence


striking statue in main square

striking statue in main square


3 french firemen to rescue a cat?

3 french firemen to rescue a cat?


no just taking the ladder for a joy ride

no just taking the ladder for a joy ride


setting up cabins for xmas markets in main street

setting up cabins for xmas markets in main street


this sidewalk cafe´s been here for over 220 years!

this sidewalk cafe´s been here for over 220 years!


daily local produce market

daily local produce market


town centre

town centre


a taste of europe

a taste of europe


old town with narrow streets

old town with narrow streets


and little squares

and little squares


always with a bar or restaurant

always with a bar or restaurant


and usually a fountain

and usually a fountain


fountains are everywhere

fountains are everywhere


gutters run down centre of every lane

gutters run down centre of every lane


cathedral on site of 6th century chapel

cathedral on site of 6th century chapel


built in 12th c. & having well needed renovation

built in 12th c. & having well needed renovation


Marseille modern art gallery

Marseille modern art gallery


three levels and a beautiful staircase

three levels and a beautiful staircase


Monsieur Picasso #1

Monsieur Picasso #1


#2

#2


amazing bust

amazing bust


Monsieur Dali #1

Monsieur Dali #1


and a tiny little Dali

and a tiny little Dali


The goldfishes revenge..love the title

The goldfishes revenge..love the title


Monsieur Rousseau

Monsieur Rousseau


Jean Miro from Barcelona

Jean Miro from Barcelona


a messy little Marc Chagall

a messy little Marc Chagall


A huge painting

A huge painting


and a colourful one

and a colourful one


a piece of antiquity from another museum

a piece of antiquity from another museum


and another

and another

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When a zoo is not a zoo?

What do you do on Sunday when it´s your birthday and you are in a strange city where you don´t know anyone. You don´t stay home and mope, and you don´t go to church. Instead you get out in the very fresh bracing air and go to visit a zoo with no animals. which just happens to be next to the world´s fanciest water tower. Marseille always struggled to get drinkable water and after a couple of droughts in the 1830s when the water had to be rationed to a liter per person per day, the Mayor of Marseille decided a solution was needed, whatever the cost. His hand was forced because 2500 people had recently died from a cholera epedemic blamed on polluted water and 30,000 people had gathered outside the city hall demanding something be done. The nearest river of any consequence was 80 kilometers away on the other side of a chain of mountains. No problem to 19th century engineers. It took them 15 years but they built a gravity fed 80 km canal over 18 bridges, a 400m long aquaduct over a valley, and through several kms of tunnel under the mountains. Until 1970 the Marseille Canal supplied all the water to Marseille and even today it supplies 2/3 of the cities needs. Such a great feat demanded a great commemorative sculpture but the architect got a little carried away with his plans and so the Longchamps Palace (as it became known) took twice as long to build as the engineering feat it commemorates. The 19th century zoo which was really too small to be practical and is in the same park was closed down until some bright spark had an idea. They reopened the zoo with realistic looking models of the animals that were once kept there. By 2013 when the city was named the european capital of culture the animals were looking shabby and covered in graffiti so they decided to paint them in bright colours. It works as an idea although they are again badly in need of some maintenance. The Sunday I was there the place was full of mums and dads and excited little kids.

Plus one excited big kid who enjoyed his day at the zoo which was not a zoo...

No need to say any more..

No need to say any more..


A really fancy water tower

A really fancy water tower


another view of it

another view of it


and another from the side

and another from the side


a look at the central sculptural group

a look at the central sculptural group


represents the river being carried by 4 bulls

represents the river being carried by 4 bulls


wind too cold for sunbathing

wind too cold for sunbathing


but he makes a nice silouette

but he makes a nice silouette


looking back from the park behind

looking back from the park behind


would love to bring this one home

would love to bring this one home


when it´s a funny zoo

when it´s a funny zoo


with wild bulls

with wild bulls


camels

camels


deer

deer


and the odd wild pig

and the odd wild pig


a lone zebra

a lone zebra


and a couple of tattered brahma bulls

and a couple of tattered brahma bulls


original oriental style giraffe house

original oriental style giraffe house


eagles cage

eagles cage


and parakeets

and parakeets


a grumpy gorilla

a grumpy gorilla


who is scaring the chimps

who is scaring the chimps


two species of bears (green and lilac)

two species of bears (green and lilac)


polar bears always seem sad and lonely

polar bears always seem sad and lonely


rhinos ready for a new paint job

rhinos ready for a new paint job


so that´s wot a pink elephant looks like

so that´s wot a pink elephant looks like


original oriental elephant house

original oriental elephant house


holding some young ones

holding some young ones


someone had a good idea

someone had a good idea


how to make some money on the weekend

how to make some money on the weekend

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More from Marseille

I walked down to the Cathedral the other day and passed the spectacular Musem site on the way. Couldnt resist taking more photos. Got to the Cathedral further up the road, which is equally as spectacular, and it was bloody closed for repairs and renovations, I wish God had told me he wasnt going to be home for a while, it would have saved me a longish walk,, The next day I went looking for Him at his other place on the top of the hill overlooking Marseille, the Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde It was a very big hill so I took a bus from a bus stop half way up the hill ( you think they could have put one at the bottom). It is a small miracle that any of the outdoor photos were not blurred because on the top of the hill it was blowing a gale force wind, and a cold one too. It was however a very amazing place which was dedicated to looking after the fishermen of Marseille. A church has been here doing the same job since the 12th century, but this version was built in 1864. It is a small church, but It was nice to find Him at home. I needed his help getting back down the hill.....

MUSEM museum from the front

MUSEM museum from the front


the back

the back


the fort side

the fort side


the other side

the other side


The Main Cathedral of Marseilles

The Main Cathedral of Marseilles


Closed while renovations taking place

Closed while renovations taking place


Taken from the Fort

Taken from the Fort


View #1 from Notre-Dame de la Garde

View #1 from Notre-Dame de la Garde


View #2

View #2


View #3

View #3


View #4

View #4


#5 old port at bottom-working port above

#5 old port at bottom-working port above


Basilica Notre-Dame de la Guarde

Basilica Notre-Dame de la Guarde


Moving sculpture

Moving sculpture


another view

another view


the ceiling

the ceiling


looking down to the nave

looking down to the nave


a closer look

a closer look


above the altar

above the altar

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Magical Marseille

I didn´t know what to expect from Marseille, the second largest city in France, which has had a reputation for being rundown and a little bit seedy. I have to admit that I have been pleasantly surprised by the ambience of the place and the amenities that the city has to offer. Over the first 2 days that I have been here it reminds me a lot of Wellington because it is pedestrian friendly with the ability to walk everywhere, even though it is a larger city. It shares Wellington´s strong cold winds too, as well as a really vibrant waterfront area where hundreds of people walk or sit in the wintery sunshine admiring the views. Like Wellington too there are a few hilly streets to climb once you leave the large flat walkways surrounding the old Port area ( which serves as the centre of the city ) The oldest part of the city is called the Panier and is a warren of narrow streets which wind their hilly way up the northern side of the old port. it was there that I wandered around and took a few photos of some graffiti art....

view down my street

view down my street


The fountain and monument at Castellane Square

The fountain and monument at Castellane Square


The Fountain at Estrangin square 1890

The Fountain at Estrangin square 1890


in a square built to commemorate plague of 1722

in a square built to commemorate plague of 1722


The Opera House first opened in 1787

The Opera House first opened in 1787


Home of the Marseille ballet company

Home of the Marseille ballet company


At the old port

At the old port


with views up to Notre-Dame de la Garde

with views up to Notre-Dame de la Garde


a view of the old port from Fort Saint-Jean

a view of the old port from Fort Saint-Jean


another view

another view


and another

and another


bridge to Fort Saint-Jean

bridge to Fort Saint-Jean


view from bridge

view from bridge


looking back from fort

looking back from fort


entering the fort

entering the fort


watched over by these beauties

watched over by these beauties


another view

another view


The Beacon tower 1644

The Beacon tower 1644


growing herbs and vegetables for onsite restaurant

growing herbs and vegetables for onsite restaurant


bridge from Fort to MUSEM new museum complex

bridge from Fort to MUSEM new museum complex


another view

another view


and another

and another


Street art #1

Street art #1


#2

#2


#3

#3


#4

#4


#5

#5


#6

#6


#7

#7


#8

#8

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