For those of you who follow my blog regularly, you know that it’s rare when I take an extended break from posting.   The last break (see here) happened unintentionally due to my computer getting fried in Copenhagen. This time around, fortunately, there was no frying (unless you count the amount of sun I got); only more overseas travel and a planned break from the internet for both my husband and me.

And just where did we go?  To my homeland – Portugal!

Now that I’m back, I invite you to pull up a chair…

chairs in Lisbon

And come for a ride through the streets of Lisbon!

Elevador de Bica in Lisbon

Built on a series of steep hills, there are ample opportunities for a bird’s eye view…

Looking toward the Tagus

Castelo de Sao Jorge

Lisbon as seen from Alfama

Although, just as beautiful are the views from the ground up.

vivid yellow and blues in Lisbon

blue and yellow tiles

window with tree in Lisbon

lantern against pink house in Lisbon

yellow building in Lisbon in the late afternoon

It’s my hometown and I’m always happy to be back!

shadow on the cobblestones

(Like this post?  Come back tomorrow for more pictures from our visit to the Palace of Queluz.)



    • Joana says:

      Hi Ed,

      So nice to hear from you! Yes, Lisbon is pretty special. We also took day trips to Sintra (one of my favorite places on earth) and Obidos…and did a trip within a trip by flying to the island of Madeira. I’ll be posting pictures of all of those places. I also took pictures of some of the food we ate; it’s too bad I can’t offer taste-a-vision on my blog.

      Now we’re settling back into the routine of work – and missing our long days spent outside walking and then stopping for a pastry.

      All best wishes to you and Beth – Joana

      On Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 5:56 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


  1. ma says:

    Look at those Portuguese blue skies! Gorgeous photos – I recognize the views from Principe Real…
    xoxo mm

    • Joana says:

      Hi Ma,

      Those blue skies were from the first morning we arrived. The weather was really pretty spectacular, although it did get hot that afternoon. Actually, we really lucked out with the weather since it cooled down on the day we left for Madeira…which made having to be out walking around Lisbon all day before the evening flight perfectly do-able.

      I hope you have gorgeous weather when you’re there, too!

      Lurve, J

      On Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 9:26 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


    • Joana says:

      Thanks, Helen!

      Can you believe, I actually took over 1000 pictures on our 10 day trip?! Of course, I’ve deleted quite a few of those pix (and deleted some pix on my camera even before I downloaded them to the computer.) But since I seem to only get to Portugal once every seven years or so, I guess I’m justified in taking so many photos.

      Has the MSO season started up again? Are you having the same hot weather we just had here?

      Ciao Dearie, Joana

      On Sat, Sep 6, 2014 at 11:57 AM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


  2. Helen Reich says:

    Hi Joana,

    These days, 1,000 pix is certainly not too many. Any wise photographer knows to take advantage of the freedom digital camera gives us!

    MSO season has indeed started with semi-staged version of Don Giovanni, conducted by Edo. After playing for a week, I have just been reduced from the orchestra, which everyone knew was way too big! I can’t complain, because you know me, my back hurts. Maybe I will attend a performance. The singers are awesome, and it was really nice to play Mozart with Edo. Big contrast to the other guy we usually have for opera! Also, two weeks of rehearsals!!!

    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen,

      Thanks so much for the nice email! I’ve actually never played Don Giovanni, although I know (and love) the musicl. I guess you actually got the best of both worlds – getting to rehearse and hear the singers and then also getting “reduced” so that you can relax a bit!

      I’m back at work and this week’s task is the ballet *Alice in Wonderland* with the Canadian Ballet at Lincoln Center. The score is by Joby Talbot and the choreographer is Chris Wheeldon. We had most of our rehearsals already, but still have one more dress before the opening show tomorrow night. I’m enjoying a day off today to continue to catch up and maybe even try to get ahead a bit.

      Ciao for now… Joana

      On Sun, Sep 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


  3. Pamela Frame says:

    Wonderful photos! I love them! Do you want me to try to restore that wonderful photo of your family? If you don’t do that sort of thing I’m happy to give it a go. Just send me the file.

    • Joana says:

      Hi Pam,

      Thanks so much! Yes, I’d be very happy to have you restore the photo, if you’re able and willing. I don’t know much about photo restoring (other than tweaking color levels and sharpness, etc.) so I’d be curious to see what a pro does with the photo.

      I’ll send it to you in a “real” email shortly.

      A big hug, Joana

      On Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 9:46 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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