Last week the New York Times had an article on the art scene in Lisbon, illustrated with several luscious photos of the older sections of town.
When I saw this photo I thought it looked pleasantly familiar -- in a very brief visit to Lisbon in 2007, an afternoon ashore from a cruise ship, we had strolled through a seedy (no, I mean picturesque) old part of town with very similar buildings.
Then I happened to be looking through my pictures from that trip and what did I find....
Sure, his picture is better. He probably waited around all afternoon for the cars to leave -- or maybe he paid them to clear out. And he crouched down a bit so the lamp ended up higher.
But what fun to see that nobody has bothered to paint the building in the last five years! And to realize that I was there first.