Wednesday, April 29, 2009


(Photo by Sailor Girl of a typical view from the Tagus River, with the «Sé de Lisboa», a cathedral built after 1147 over the remnants of the mosque of the Islamic period)
«O» is for «Olissiponense», a person born or residing in Lisbon, also known as «Alfacinha» (literally, Small Letuce). The word derives from the Greek "Olissipo" and "Olissipona", a name they thought was derived from Ulysses. According to an Ancient Greek myth, the hero founded the city after he left Troy, and departed to the Atlantic to escape the Greek coalition. The presence of Phoenicians (even if occasional) is thought to predate any Greek presence in the area, though. A contribution to ABC Wednesday.


Small City Scenes said...

Interesting view. Very pretty area. Great info too. MB

Sherrie said...

That's a great Open Letter! Love that photo, the buildings look very lovely and colorful! Have a great day. Good luck on your internet service.


Granny Smith said...

That Open Letter should apply not only to Europe but to the rest of the world as well. The internet and our access to it are vital to democracy and to free speech from any source, democratic or not.

The photo of the Se de Lisboa reminds me of how much Otto and I enjoyed Lisboa (and the rest of Portugal) on one lengthy visit there. Please excuse the lack of accent on "Se". I haven't mastered that on blogger comments.

JM said...

Esta perspectiva da Sé é fantástica!

Leif Hagen said...

Love the old world photo - it transports me to Europe. I'm a new CDP guy. Regards from EAGAN, Minnesota, USA!