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João Manuel Serra - Lisboa, Portugal
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RuiJSDuarte
N 38° 44.008 W 009° 08.720
29S E 487368 N 4287209
Quick Description: João Manuel Serra, "The Man that says goodbye" or "The Saldanha Man", was a gentle and kind man that spent many hours saying goodbye to those driving by Saldanha plaza.
Location: Lisboa, Portugal
Date Posted: 1/26/2017 6:12:44 AM
Waymark Code: WMTZ0M
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NCDaywalker
Views: 1

Long Description:
"Usually, he come to this famous Lisbon Square, just to say goodbye to everyone that pass by in the street. Some thought he was a crazy man but, after a short talk, everyone could know how humble and wise person João was.

A rich but lonely man, he created this habit of being there, in Saldanha Square, every single night, just to wave and say goodbye, bringing a smile to the ones passing by.

[There were two geocaches in this area, that made the Geocachers contact with João. The first was a traditional one, [O Homem que diz Adeus] and afterwards there was a Mystery one [O Homem que diz Adeus v2] where it was necessary to take a picture with João to log it. Everyone that found it, have nothing to regret about it. Not only he was everytime available to take pictures, but also to talk a bit."]

João physically said goodbye to city of Lisbon for the last time at the age of 79, in 2010.

(adapted from (visit link)

Now, with the renewal of the plaza, the city decided to honor João with this plaque, alluding to the spot where he used to be, always with a smile!
Website with more information on either the memorial or the person(s) it is dedicated to: [Web Link]

Location: Praça do Saldanha

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