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    • Day 56

      Lissabon - Stadtbesichtigung

      May 22, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Wir nehmen den Bus vom Campingplatz in die Stadt. In der Stadt angekommen setzen wir uns in den Hop on Hop off Bus und erleben eine schöne zweistündige Rundfahrt mit vielen Sehenswürdigkeiten.
      Einige Highlights erkunden wir zu Fuß. Mit der nostalgischen Straßenbahn Carros entdecken wir die Gassen, die der Bus nicht erreichen kann. In der überfüllten Straßenbahn fühlten wir uns wie in einer Sardinenbüchse. Tatsächlich entdecken wir auf unserem weiten Weg zu Fuß ein Sardinenfachgeschäft. Am Pier gibt es noch ein Glas Rotwein und wir warten den Regenguss ab, bevor wir uns auf den Weg nach Benfica, außerhalb der Touristenzone begeben, wo wir wieder ein Einheimischen Lokal für das Abendessen finden.
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    • Day 33–37


      March 17 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      3 volle Tage in Lissabon reichen gerade, um sich einen Überblick zu verschaffen. 2 Bustouren (altes und modernes ! Lissabon), eine Strassenbahnfahrt, eine Bootstour und unzählige Schritte zu Fuss. Aber das Allerbeste sind die unzähligen Pastelerias. Das sind Cafés mit teils langer Tradition, in denen man süsse Köstlichkeiten zu sich nehmen kann 😊Read more

    • Day 9

      National Palace of Ajuda

      April 30, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Doug wanted to be out the door at 8 but we left at 8: 30, a rather long wait for the bus to take us the 30 min out to Jeronimos Monastery. He feared there would be a long line and indeed there was. Confusing to figure out where to get tickets, long line and then nothing there but two digital ticket machines but there was a helper who advised we could enter directly by just showing the Lisbon card (other places have required we show it, get a ticket and then present it. Debated about the 45 minute estimated wait time and decided to come back, so hopped on a bus up to this more recently built palace and home to the last reigning King who was assassinated along with his eldest son in 1908. The younger son King Manuel II was 20 when he assumed the title but was exiled along with his mother Amelia in 1910 when the Republic was formed and they were offered a place to stay by a relative royal in Italy; Amelia lived until 1951. Conclusions: Portuguese history is confusing and not helped by many of the people bearing very similar names, especially all the Marias! This was built post quake as a new Royal Residence but seems most did not want to live here full time (maybe too big?). Seemed to largely be a show place of opulence and fine art. Those that did make it their home moved into ever smaller rooms rooms as they aged. It is the usual sudden end to monarchies in Europe due to the great divide between nobility and the average guy. Well worth the visit.

      Built in 1795, this was Portugal’s last royal palace. When the royal residence in what is now Praça do Comércio on the waterfront was completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1755, the king decided that it was safer to live up on a hill. The chosen location was Ajuda, just above Belém, which had been less affected by the disaster.

      It was meant to be one of the largest palaces in Europe and the world, with gardens cascading down to the river, but only about one fifth of the original project was completed. When Napoleon’s army invaded Portugal in 1807, the royal family fled to Brazil (and actually reigned from the colony for several years), so the construction was interrupted. By the time the royals returned, many prefered that the country become a republic, which ended up happening in 1910. That meant that the royal palace was no longer royal, so the neoclassical building was turned into a museum. It also occasionally hosts official ceremonies, but is generally open to the public.

      It has quite a sumptuous interior, with an ostentatious décor in several magnificent rooms. The highlights are the Audience Room (decorated with pieces from the 15th to the early 20th centuries), the Throne Room (with a ceiling painted in 1825 representing a temple opening to Heaven), the Banquet Room (where official dinners are still often held), and the King João IV Room (completely covered with paintings added in 1823, including a ceiling by Domingos Sequeira, one of Portugal’s leading artists of that period).
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    • Day 42

      Ab nach Lissabon

      November 9, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

      Wir sind noch ein kurzes Stück an der Küste entlang, haben uns dann aber entschlossen, eine Stunde nach Lissabon weiter zu fahren und hier die nächsten Tage zu verbringen. Der Campingplatz ist sehr schön angelegt, viel Platz für die Womos , mit Pool ( mal schauen, ob man den zu dieser Jahreszeit auch nutzen kann)und wir haben einen Platz im momentan nicht genutzten Teil bekommen. Voll gut.Read more

    • Day 41

      The Ajuda National Palace Lisboa

      September 21, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      The Ajuda National Palace is a neoclassical building from the first half of the 19th century.

      It became a royal residence on king Luís I accession to the throne and it remained as such until the end of the Monarchy (1910).

      It still holds its decorative artworks in place in a lively and truthful to its origins display.

      On the ground floor, from the Music Room onwards, the private apartments can be found, while State Rooms occupy the upper floor.

      As a museum, it gathers important collections of decorative arts from the 18th and 19th centuries: gold and silver works, textiles, furniture and ceramics as well as paintings, sculptures and photographs.

      The most important State ceremonies held by the President of the Republic still take place here
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    • Day 46


      August 30, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      One month of lisbon... One half of my days I spent in a classroom learning how to write in portuguese, but the other half I had time to enjoy lisbon not even counting the weekends. So I tried to experience as much of lisbon as I could. I had the opportunity to get to know lisbon from a completely different perspective, as I spent my everyday life here and saw places that I otherwise wouldn't even have know of. By far the biggest difference to Germany is that I could get a good coffee not only in the subway station of marquês de pombal (in the subway for good sake) but anywhere you went, really. I fell in love with the portuguese lifestyle and will absolutely miss Portugal.Read more

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    Caramão, Caramao

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