Queuing at the Elevador de Santa Justa

This is our entry in Manja Mexi Moving’s Friendly Friday bricks and tiles.

The Elevador de Santa Justa in Lisbon, Portugal, carries passengers (mostly tourists) from the Baixa district below to the Bairro Alto district above.  The observation deck on top of the elevator gives excellent views of the Baixa district as well as the line of tourists queuing to enter the elevator.  From 45 meters up, the people in the queue seem to copy the pattern in the tile beside them.

For a photo of the Elevador de Santa Justa itself, from which we took the above photo, see our post Elevador de Santa Justa — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter E.  For another view from the top showing tiled rooftops, see our other post at View from Elevador de Santa Justa — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Week 1 Photo – geometry, bushes, window, brick, etc.

38 Seconds Over Paris

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge — Tower.

The Montparnasse Tower juts above the Paris skyline. Its elevators are the fastest in Europe: 38 seconds between the ground floor and the 56th.  A countdown clock in the elevator — where you would expect to see floor numbers — flashes rapidly as the elevator ascends or descends.  38 seconds of elevator plus three more flights of stairs takes you to the 210 meter high Observation Deck hovering above Paris. It provides a 360 degree panoramic view extending 40 km in all directions (on a clear day), including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, Montmartre, Sacre Coeur, the Pantheon, the Invalides, the Arc de Triomphe — in fact, everything but Montparnasse Tower.  The photo below shows the one view you can’t see from the Observation Deck.

 

This photo was taken on April 24, 2019, with a Canon 200D.