Avenida Liberdade
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The Unique Portuguese Sidewalks
When I arrive in Lisbon, I can hardly wait to amble down the Avenida Liberdade gazing at the unusual tiled sidewalks.These sidewalks are maintained all over Lisbon and Portugal. The labor is time consuming and is a daily job, but the beauty of these sidewalks is so unique. The designs are varied. Some depict animals, others geometric designs. The sidewalks of Lisbon are so pretty, but... be careful! Those tiles can be very slippery. I marvel at the Portuguese women who quickly navigate these sidewalks in their leather heels and don't slip and fall. Women, young and old, rush here and there. I walk very carefully in rubber bottom shoes and just hope I don't fall and break my neck. I can't figure out how they do it. When I ask, the women usually say, "What? Oh. we're used to it"! I guess....
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