I highly recommend a visit to Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation located at Avenida de Berna 45, Lisbon.
We went by foot from our rented apartment as it was a beautiful sunny day!
Arriving there we had a nice surprise: On Sundays the entrance is free of charge! 🙂 Better yet, he?
The Foundation is located in a beautiful garden.
The house where the collection is displayed is beautiful and was constructed following a project that was the winner on an Architectural Competition.
This is great! Portugal is clever enough to have an Architectural competition to choose the best project for a public building! On the other hand, in Brazil we had a French Architect hired to design “Cidade da Música” (in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro) an awful building that cost a fortune and no one who lives there likes!
If there were a competition there, I am sure Brazilian architects would have had much better ideas for “Cidade da Musica”. Anyway… time to enjoy Portugal and not think about the idiocies Brazilian politicians do for money…
Calouste Gulbenkian collection is organized in a very clever way and we had a great time there.
To know more about Gulbenkian’s life please Google it and you will read about this man who started collecting art since he was a boy (he was also a savvy person, he controlled every single piece of meat that was bought into his house!!!). For sure I wouldn’t have enjoyed being his wife! 🙂
We were enchanted by the beauty of the gardens! @ Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
There are no pictures taken inside the building as cameras are not permitted.
After visiting the wonderful collection we went to visit the temporary exhibition where two Brazilian artists were on display: Beatriz Milhazes and Rosangela Rennó. The paintings of Beatriz are astonishingly beautiful and it was an enormous pleasure to be “side by side” with them.
After visiting Calouste Gulbenkian we walked to the upper part of Park Eduardo VII. The views from there are great and I highly recommend you walk along this park when you visit Lisbon.
The day was agreeable, with pleasant temperatures and sunny skies. There were many people enjoying the sun laying on the grass.
After enjoying the beautiful views of Park Eduardo VII we took the metro at Rossio Station and went to Chiado.
Chiado is very live and as it was Sunday it was crowded with locals and tourists.
We visited a “Chiado Institution” called “A Brasileira” . It is cool to sit outside, drink a beer or sip wine while we do people-watching.
As we never stop…… after “A Brasileira” we still had energy to go to one of Lisbon’s viewpoints!
After this busy day we returned (by metro) to our rented flat. We have an excellent view of Lisbon from our apartment. One of the sites we see is “Castelo de São Jorge” .
During the night , I took the picture you see below. It was taken with a tripod and my 300mm Nikon lenses.