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You may ask, where's the post Alfama (I)? It's Ricardo's Chatting is good for the soul. I even thought about title my post as Chatting is good for the soul (II), but I didn't because I don't know about Ricardo's plans. He posted the gas man. I post the policeman, in a similar chatting situation in Alfama, Lisbon. [I wasn't in Ricardo's team; my picture was a different day].
Alfama is the old core of Lisbon. But it is not just "Old Town Lisbon". It's a living community, a normal district. As a contrary example, Old Town San Diego, the birthplace of California, it is now the Old Town State Historic Park, a kind of museums compound, with some old houses (old by California standards). Even in Europe I recall Den Gamle By, the rhus Old Town (Denmark), that is an open air museum surrounded by nice gardens.
I think Alfama is not even like bidos; that Portuguese town is too pretty (every flower pot in the right place, every door nicely painted), becoming touristy kitsch.
Alfama is nothing like that; it's a real living comunity, like a village inside the city, with normal people whose ancestors have been living there for centuries.

Alfama (I) a foto do Ricardo Chatting is good for the soul.
Alfama o ncleo antigo de Lisboa. Mas no apenas a "Cidade Velha de Lisboa". uma comunidade viva, um bairro normal. Como exemplo contrrio temos a Old Town San Diego, bero da Califrnia, que agora a Old Town State Historic Park, uma espcie de conjunto de museus, com algumas casas antigas (antigas para os padres da Califrnia). Mesmo na Europa lembro-me de Den Gamle By, a Cidade Velha de rhus (Dinamarca), que um museu a cu aberto, rodeado por belos jardins.
Acho que Alfama nem como a demasiado bonita vila portuguesa de bidos (com cada flor no lugar certo, todas as portas bem pintadinhas, etc.), tornando-se kitsch turstico.
Alfama no isso, uma verdadeira comunidade viva, como uma aldeia dentro da cidade, com pessoas normais, cujos antepassados vivem l h sculos, onde o polcia interrompe o seu servio para conversar com os vizinhos.

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