One of the first things I tell tour members when guiding a Rick Steves Spain tour is “España es diferente“. Nowhere is this more easy to observe than in period travel posters.
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Let’s continue our exploration of the Metro in the heart of the city. This was the first completely new line added to the existing Metro system, completed in 1998 to whisk visitors to & from the World Expo. A compass pointing east symbolizes the red line, at one time alternatively named the Linha do Oriente. The original section of the line—Alameda to Oriente—has been extended in both directions, & is an easy way to get from the airport to the city center…
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Let’s continue our exploration of the Metro in the city center. Maybe check out the end of the aqueduct nearby or first have lunch at the fabulous, non-touristy Cervejaria Real Fábrica? Your choice. A sunflower symbolizes the yellow line, at one time alternatively named the Linha Girassol. Not many tourist sites are near this route—with the exception of the worthwhile Museu da Cidade in Campo Grande—so cars are more filled with locals & university students…
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Let’s continue our exploration of the Metro back at the waterfront. A seagull symbolizes the blue line, at one time alternatively named the Linha Gaivota. It is the longest of all four lines with 13.7 km of track & 18 stations. That’s a lot to cover! In my opinion, some of the best Metro tile work can be found here…
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Let’s start our exploration of the Metro at the waterfront. A ship symbolizes the green line, at one time alternatively named the Linha Caravela. Although I can’t confirm this theory, I believe Metro officials adopted dual names as a navigation aid for the 1998 World Expo: four lines, four colors, four symbols. Text references to these navigation aids have been abandoned, but their symbols still decorate signage…
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Almost every Lisbon guidebook calls the subway system “an underground museum.” Sounds a bit cliché, but Metro stations contain so many different tile panels that the phrase holds true. However, the original network design neglected any type of decoration. Here’s how Lisboa’s Metro became a vibrant gallery space & a perfect thing to visit on a rainy day.
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Pretty much everything about this year has been unexpected, including major health problems for my aunt & uncle… at the same time. We’re a family of three people, so I went in February to Cedar Rapids to help however I could. Almost 25 years had passed since I’d last visited!
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Who doesn’t remember the first time they saw those stunning visuals of Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty”? I was lucky enough to be born in 1970, so I saw most early Disney releases in the movie theater instead of on the home screen. What a difference. Nothing conveys that depth of field—wandering through a deep, dark forest—or fighting a dragon against all odds.
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As a tour guide, I’m often interested in how destinations market themselves. How do cities or nations identify themselves to potential visitors? The golden age of travel may be long gone, but its memory persists in the guise of travel posters. Interestingly, Argentina portrayed itself as a nature destination & stressed the gaucho & beef… nothing about tango (at least in the posters I found) & only one hyping Buenos Aires. How times have changed.
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No denying it: I have a certain fondness for this piece of sculpture. Columbus was the subject of some of my first digital photos in 2002, he often wowed tourists when I began guiding locally ten years ago, & Plaza Colón was one of the few places my mom wanted to see during her first & only visit overseas (that’s a tiny her below!).
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