'Tomar Streets and Alleys' Category

Rua Marquês de Pombal in Tomar is my favourite street

One day in 1954 I was born in a house at Rua Marquês de Pombal and that naturally makes this street, my favourite one. Also, my grand parents Manuel Fidalgo and Lucília Fidalgo, used to live across the house I was born and when they died my parents lived there too. I got married and since the house was big enough and divided into two areas, I also lived at this street. When I was a kid, came from Angola in Africa and lived in Tomar for a couple of years, and during that time I remember the grocery shop that my grand parents owned at this same street. Furthermore I also saw my wife for the first time at Rua Marquês de Pombal, more exactly at Santa Iria Coffee Shop (Café Santa Iria). So I have good memories of this street and I am forever connected to it.

Rua Marquês de Pombal near Santa iria Coffee Shop in tomar

This the street Rua Marquês de Pombal in Tomar, Portugal. On the right is Café Santa Iria, a coffee shop which opened in the mid 70's


Rua Marquês de Pombal around Tomar old bridge

Another perspective of Rua Marquês de Pombal. At some distance is the old bridge of Tomar, which crosses Nabão River to the other side of the town


Rua Marquês de Pombal in Tomar, around Alameda Primeiro de Março

This photo of Rua Marquês de Pombal, shows the transition from the old City of Tomar to the new one, represented by Alameda Primeiro de Março and those relatively new buildings

Good memories of Rua Alexandre Herculano in Tomar

Rua Alexandre Herculano in the City of Tomar in Portugal brings me back to the memory lane when I met my wife and started dating her. She used to work there in a dressmakers shop before she became a child care educator. I first saw her at a coffee shop called Santa Iria in Rua Marquês de Pombal, and after some investigation, I learned where she worked and started walking through the street Rua Alexandre Herculano a tad more often than I used to 🙂 Anyway, once I asked her out and we started dating in a more serious way, which led us to get married in 1981, I walked through this street many, many times. The dressmakers shop is still open in this street, and now two of my wife’s sisters work there. In fact they own the shop. These photos below were shot in 2010, that is 30 years after I started walking this street more often than usual.

Rua Alexandre Herculano in Tomar, Portugal

Rua Alexandre Herculano near the shop where my wife used to work. In the distance you can see the Castle of the Knights Templar in Tomar


Rua Alexandre Herculano facing Nabão River

Rua Alexandre Herculano in Tomar, Portugal. In the distance is Mouchão Park and Nabão River


Rua Alexandre Herculano near the Post Office of Tomar

This is the beginning of Rua Alexandre Herculano, near Beira Rio Restaurant on the left and the Post Office of Tomar on the right