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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Lisbon: another day of sun – discover Tapada das Necessidades

 Building@Tapada das Necessidades

Curiously the Tapada das Necessidades came up in conversation over dinner last night only for me to stumble upon it today while out walking. A second consecutive day of sunshine in Lisbon persuaded me that a lengthy walk would be more enjoyable than going to the local gym – very good though the Ginásio Clube Português is, it was the sun that won out after days of rain!

I first read about this park some five or six years ago and tried to find it but failing to take a map with me I missed it. Tapada das Necessidadesis a rather abondoned park not far at its nothern end from Campo d'Ourique and close to the Cemitéiro dos Prazeres. Apparently a brief visit here by Edouard Manet in 1859 inspired his 'Le déjeuner sur l'herbe' painting. 

The northern entrance to the park is on the Rua do Borja, which I reached by walking down the Rua Patrocínio past the now sadly closed Tasquinha d'Adelaide restaurant.     

The northern entrance on Rua do Borja

 One of a number of abandoned buildings in the park

 Although it is peaceful in the park, there is a constant background 
roar from traffic on the April 25th Bridge across the Tagus

Group in the lower part of the park
The upper part was empty on Sunday 

Reflections in a pool

 Shut off formal garden area 

 Entry here is a crime!

 Southern entrance to gardens by Largo das Necessidades

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