Monday Washing Lines – Lisbon in Portugal


Welcome to my latest theme. Monday Washing Lines.

In Lisbon we stayed in an apartment and outside the bathroom window was one of those washing lines with a pulley system and the washing hangs out over the street. I have always wanted one of those so washed some clothes just for the sake of it and used it.

We had selected a studio apartment for our four night stay and it turned out to be most satisfactory. The Travel and Tales rooms were situated in a domestic block of apartments so we were going to spend our time in Lisbon rubbing shoulders with real locals with real washing lines and we were happy about that.

We were allocated the Fernando Pessoa apartment who according to Wikipedia turns out to be… “a Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher, described as one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest poets in the Portuguese language”.

I apologise immediately for my ignorance in this matter but I have to confess that I had never before heard of him.

It is a Challenge. Do feel free to join in…

40 responses to “Monday Washing Lines – Lisbon in Portugal

  1. I love that you just wanted to hang out some washing


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  3. You are providing a useful service in letting us know what day of the week it is. Good photo, too.


  4. I’ve never heard of Fernando Pessoa either. On a training day for Modern Language teachers, I signed up for an hour’s lecture on “Portuguese, a world language”. When I got there, there was a sign sellotaped to the door “Cancelled due to lack of interest”.


  5. Never heard of Pessoa, Andrew! Tssk! I’ve sat on his knee in Lisbon. Well, the sculpture, anyway 🙂 Happy wash day!

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  8. I love Lisbon, so I’m very much enjoying this washing picture.
    As for my own washing, I’ve gone sailing today.


  9. i want to go back to Lisbon; lots of fond memories there. my contribution this week:


  10. My hairdresser is Portuguese and her son is bi-lingual as you would expect. However, he’s having a problem finding a teacher to help him with the ‘A’ level standard he needs as his Portuguese is colloquial and he needs some grammar training. Strange if he failed in a language in which he’s proficient because his ‘knowing the parts’ isn’t up to standard.


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  13. What, no photos of your own laundry efforts? I would like to have marked them out of 10.


  14. And yet another way of hanging out the shirts – this time by the shoulders!


  15. I haven’t heard of the poet either, Andrew.
    I was glancing at a photo I posted today of me in the 50s on my blog and what did I see: the family laundry hanging outside. I thought of you. My feet tended to dominate the photo, however. 🙂 –Curt


  16. Washing lines – that’s one of the first thing I noticed when visiting China. Then I remembered, there are very few washing lines one sees in the USA. And if they have then they hide it in the back yard, or in the house, but certainly not at a balcony, lol.


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