The architecture in the Barrio Alto is just so lovely. Old buildings, colorful, though the paint's often chipped and worn. But even white buildings are peppered with color - whether it's a colorful door, colorful shutters, or colorful clothing drying in the sun and light breeze.
Having a little cerveja before dinner at this cool little artist market called the LX Factory, under the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge.
This place is a dream for anyone who loved Belle growing up.
Lisbon's waterfront is dotted with beautifully colored buildings like this one. A simple admin building for the marina is transformed when color is added. Just behind this is a Street called Cais do Sodre, the old red light district turned hipster haven.
Lisbon's famous trams, which wind through the charming old streets of the Barrio Alto to help you up those steep hills.
Looking up in Lisbon.
Day 5, of 5. This was the last picture I took on the Landmannelauger Hike, with extension to Skogafoss. This is still a handful of kms from Skogafoss, but when I'd arrive I was too tired to take any photos. Here my clothing was damp - it had stopped raining so badly but a constant drizzle kept our clothes soaking and cold. Once we exited the snowcap the terrain changes entirely - lush greens, wildlife reappeared, and water flowed. We had walked from what felt like Mars to Pandora in a single day's time. The last day was treacherous and trying, but these views made it difficult to stay downtrodden too long. Though I'm not likely to put myself through this hike again, I'm so glad I did it once.
Day 5. This was taken at the most grueling moment of the day. Maybe about 1pm, still a km away from the safety hut. In these horrendous conditions - sleet/rain/hail, shivering cold and soaked to the bone, hiking boots drenched so each step squished in a pool of cold water in your socks - it took us about an hour to walk a single kilometer. Visibility was so poor we could not see the trail markers ahead of us. Winds howled so loudly we couldn't hear each other. We had to walk slowly, measured, in each other's footsteps so as not to lose each other. After a few close calls, a single picture, and the feeling that your extremities are so close they're beginning to warm, we finally got to the safety hut, where we warmed our bodies for an hour.
Day 5. Rounding out the last day of this difficult hike to make room for more pics of my current location (Portugal!). This 26km last day was a tough one. A super early rise begun with steep climbing and loose, volcanic ash before the weather turns sour about 2 hours in.
Day 4. They say you know you've arrived in Thorsmörk Valley when the terrain changes completely. Lush, green, verdant. Full of sights, smells, sounds.
Day 4. Most river crossings required a change to Chacos and unbearably cold water. But ever once in a while a river had a bridge. Peep the inclusion of the hiker's shadow on the bridge. Arteest.
Day 4. Some parts of the trek were harder than others. More technical. Slippery, wet, steep. Like this.
Day 4. The terrain began to change. It was no longer just volcanic rock. It got progressively wetter, and greener. The vegetation became more varied and the landscape slightly hillier as we approached Thorsmork Valley.
Day 4. Sunrise. This camp was easily the most crowded - we fit 22 people in a 10x15 hut. But this view tho.
Day 4. Crew rolls deep. This day was one marked but lots of sunshine (ended up hiking in my tee), pretty flat terrain, and our last river crossing.
Day 3. Most of the day was fairly flat, over some rivers and mostly volcanic ash and rocks.
Day 3. Exploring the Shire?
Day 3. Lake Alftavatn was my fave in Iceland.
Day 3. Each day we had a few light river crossings, and about 1-2 heavier duty crossings that required change of shoes into Chacos/Tevas. Tough to tell at this angle, but this one in Day 3 was the widest and deepest. PS THE RIVER WATER WAS FREEZING ❄️❄️❄️
Interesting rock formations that I recall little about. At this point a warm, relatively flat day had little wind and lots of sun and kept me sufficiently sweaty.