June 23, 2010

Rua Augusta Lisbon


Rua Augusta, in the Baixa area of Lisbon, is the city’s main pedestrian and shopping street. Closed to traffic, it runs all the way from the Praça do Comércio up to the Praça de Dom Pedro IV (AKA “Rossio”), a length of 550 meters.

Being a walkway, it is also a route where pedestrians are constantly being offered things – especially round the arch joining it to Praça do Comércio. Craftsmen peddle African wooden carvings or South American leatherwork or Middle Eastern metalwork, scarves, and jewelry; stalls stock souvenir T-shirts, cheap sunglasses, paintings, hot chestnuts, flowers; and street artists, musicians, and anyone else with anything to try and charm you with do their best to attract you and your coins.

At 89 Rua Augusta is the famous Travellers House Lisbon, one of the city’s best hostels with its modernity, cleanliness, spaciousness and sociability.

Just a little further along, at no. 110 Rua Augusta, on the corner of Rua Augusta and Rua de Sao Nicolau, is the Sao Nicolau Cafeteria (see photo) where there are some delicious pastries to be had.

Rua Augusta is the most accessible of Lisbon grand boulevards, and is where you can interact with the people of the city, view a thousand different products from the tawdry to the ritzy, and a lot of splendid architecture – all at your own pace.

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1 comment:

Mike Kraus said...

see you in 5 days...

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