August 29, 2013

Cable Car, Lisbon

Photograph by Volkmar K. Wentzel, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

A jam-packed cable car clacks over steep cobbled streets, bringing Lisboans downtown from Bairro Alto, the High Quarter, in 1965. The quarter's multistoried 17th-century buildings were once the city's tallest. The small vintage trams still operate today, navigating tight turns past markets, restaurants, and churches, sometimes getting caught in traffic jams.


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26 comments
Boris Kalejcev
Boris Kalejcev

...Трамвајчево е измислено за нас.Радишани, се пентарам секој ден по тоа ридот...

Nuno Valinhas
Nuno Valinhas

This is actually Bica Cable Car, not Bairro Alto. This particular one travels from Bica all the way down to Cais do Sodré and Mercado da Ribeira.

Danni Schanmier
Danni Schanmier

LOVE perspective in architecture. Also captures the hussle and bussle and crowdedness...Hang on kids!

pawan kumar
pawan kumar

childern adding something extra in picture. Hope it may be same vintage at present

Helena Santos
Helena Santos

In the seventies I was one of that children enjoying the ride. The cable car is still there, working as usual, but kids do not get fun in the streets anymore. Education is different, the practice of radical sports has its proper place, with a better evaluation of the risk and under supervision. But, at the end, the main different is that we were radical for free. Now we have to pay a lot.

Miriam Moore
Miriam Moore

Want to travel in that cable car (inside)

Once again
Once again

I bit the children are not going any where and just enjoying the ride :)

the naughty one in the back looks like a relative of mine

Ricardo Jorge
Ricardo Jorge

It still looks the same nowadays, wonderful shot.

Omar Attabou
Omar Attabou

nice photo, but very dangerous for these unconscious children,they must be secured

Sylvie Beaudoin
Sylvie Beaudoin

@Omar Attabou 

In 1965, children were not overpampered like they are today. At the same time, their daredevilness did not have the same implications then as vehicles were not traveling as fast as today's. You have to look at that picture with your 1965 eyes, Omar. Or were you even born then? Perhaps not. Then you missed a carefree sort of world. Sad for you. 

Frank Baird
Frank Baird

@Omar Attabou Those who know what's best for us, must rise and save us from ourselves. Or shall we be free?

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