Fernando Pessoa and the End of Lockdown in Lisbon

‘For the traveller who comes in from the sea, Lisbon, even from afar, rises like a fair vision in a dream, clear-cut against a bright blue sky, which the sun gladdens with its gold’ — Fernando Pessoa.

Lisbon ‘rises like a fair vision in a dream’. Photo: Nick Leonard.
The statue of Fernando Pessoa in Chiado on 20 April with Lisbon in lockdown. Photo: Nick Leonard.

‘Anyone new to Lisbon is at once struck by the unparalleled beauty of the Tagus basin, one of the views that may be had from the top of its seven hills, of its gardens and monuments, of its old streets and latest arteries’ — Fernando Pessoa.

The famous Lisbon neighbourhood of Alfama, seen from the Portas do Sol lookout point. Photo: Nick Leonard.
Life in Lisbon on Thursday, 21 May, four days into the second phase of reopening. Photo: Nick Leonard.

Compulsive traveller, Camino de Santiago pilgrim, Olympic journalist and light-chasing photographer.