Last Tour Days

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I thought I'd spend one last day as a tourist here in Lisbon, Portugal. So if you want to catch a glimpse of Lisbon, then tune right in.

These are the famous streetcars, notably filled with tourists.

 

And the route uphill to the famous castle.

 

With its commanding views of Lisboa (its real name).

 

 

 

 

 

And this is what the castle looks like when you're in the city.

 

 

 

And some folks on the street in some kind of rally (apparently led by some guy and his dog).

 

But like many people and places, Portugal also has its dirty laundry. And also like those other people and places, that laundry sometimes gets aired in public.

Part of that dark history starts with this guy.

This is the mausoleum of Vasco da Gama, the famous explorer who in 1498 discovered the sea route around Africa to India. Some say it was the beginning of multiculturalism and international trade, which it was. But it was also the start of colonization and exploitation.
Angola, along with Mozambique and Brazil, were amongst Portugal's most prosperous colonies. Brazil was the last country in the world to abolish the slave trade (in 1888). Eventually, the truth will out.

Written several times on a wall in Lisbon was this in English: “Real Eyes Realize Real Lies.”

 









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"This website is dedicated to the many people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who have suffered and died."

 

The writer was a journalist, prosecutor, and Canadian soldier who is now trying to help the people who live in the DR Congo.

 

The photographs and the commentary here are solely those of the writer and his pet dog named "Bark." The United Nations and MONUSCO have nothing to do with this website.

Similarly, the township of Puskokum in eastern Tennessee is equally not interested.