Baixa is the neighborhood you'd classify as "downtown Lisbon", literally so because it's the lowest elevation. "Baixa" means "lower". Bairro Alto (uptown!) is where one goes for entertainment, and you have to climb between one neighborhood and the other, or take some form of vertical transportation

Click for a larger version Alley

Lisbon is a charming place, and streets like this are common. The buildings are fronted with small tile in pale blues, yellows and green. Tiling, called azuleo in Portuguese, is a recognized art, and there's actually a museum of tiling in Lisbon.

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These  musicians visiting from Romania added to the atmosphere. Elsewhere in the city there were local folk musicians, much younger, but also dressed in black.

Click for a larger version Central Station

An interesting bit of architecture. It was being refurbished inside.

Click for a larger version Projectionists at the dirty movie house

Bored out of their minds as the ooohs and aaahs come pouring from the screen, they hang out the back window to have a cigarette. They couldn't wait for the couple to light theirs.

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From 1511 till the earthquake of 1755, the site of the royal palace.

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Across from the Praça do Comércio