Lens-Artists Challenge #53 – Imagination with Friends in Lisboa

Congrats to the Lens-Artists Challenge for a great first year!  I’ve been participating since last November and have really enjoyed it.  We have a special topic this week in honor of the anniversary, bloggers’ choice.  See below to check out what the founders of the challenge picked.

 

I tried to incorporate all their themes in my collection of photos.  During university, I studied abroad in Spain for a semester with a group of about a dozen others.  There were eight of us girls that often took weekend trips, including one to the beautiful capital of Portugal, Lisboa.

I wonder what she is imagining?

We were able to see several parts of the city, including Belém and the Park of Nations area that was created for the ’98 World Expo.

The Expo theme was The Oceans

There was so much beautiful architecture, great food, and wonderful outdoor spaces in the city.  Though we went not knowing a word of Portuguese, we managed to muddle through with a mix of English and Spanish.  We found the people to be very friendly, speaking of making connections. 😀

 

I would love to travel to Lisboa again someday!  I also haven’t seen these friends in many years now, so it was wonderful to look back at these happy memories.  Here’s to another year of great photos!

 

Friendship (Tina)

 A Country That’s Special to You (Ann-Christine)

 Imagination (Patti)

Connected (Amy)

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #27: My Travels

I’ve been lucky enough to travel on three continents; I’ve been to Europe three times and saw new and special things each time.  I can’t wait to go back, but for now I will just have to enjoy looking at the memories of my travels.

Ireland, 2015

I took a tour around the country with my mom, and this was a quick shot on a hike that turned out to be one of my favorites.  It encompasses so much about the beautiful country.

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Venice, 2012

We took a cruise in the Mediterranean, and coming into Venice in the morning was one of the highlights.  It’s an incredible way to see a beautiful city.

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Sicily, 2012

We didn’t just see big cities in Europe, though.  We were able to get out into the countryside in a few countries like Croatia and also Italy.  Here we traveled up a mountain to see the sanctuary and Roman ruins at Tindari, giving us these incredible views.

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Lisboa, 2007

While studying in Spain, a group of friends and I made a memorable weekend trip to Portugal, where we got along with a smattering of English and Spanish.  (And we learned a few words by the time we left.)  Lisboa is a beautiful city and one of the first on my list to return to some day.  The Belém Tower is one of several historical sites we were able to see.

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Salamanca, 2007

Of all the places I’ve been to in Europe, my heart truly belongs to Salamanca.  This is the iconic Plaza Mayor, where many friends were met with and many drinks were had.  It is a wonderful city for young people, and I learned so much during my months there.  I hope to take my family there someday so they can see the place where I grew so much.  It is precious not only for its people and sites, but for the memories now attached to them.

You can find more travels at the original Lens-Artist challenge.