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Lisbon District

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  • Day1

    Startprobleme

    December 7, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Um 6 Uhr sollte unser Flieger abheben, aber nachdem wir eine Weile rückwärts gefahren und 50 Minuten irgendwo auf dem Rollfeld parkten, verkündete unser Kapitän mit einer Stimme wie Gilbert Becaud, dass wir „unfortunately ... äh ... (er wendete die Kartoffel in seinem Mund) ... back to the Gate“.

    Wir sahen schon unsere Reise platzen, aber nach knapp zwei Stunden war alles repariert, die Lenkung funzte wieder, und ab ging's nach Lissabon.

    Nach dem Einchecken im Hotel fuhren wir mit der Metro erst einmal runter zum Tejo. Die Sonne kam langsam raus, und der Triumphbogen sah schon sehr beindruckend aus unter dem dunklen Himmel. Oben waren wir auch und genossen den ersten Blick über Lissabon.

    In der Stadt geht es ständig auf und ab, aber die Ausblicke lohnen. Wie vom berühmten Elevador Santa Justa. Da die Schlange für die Auffahrt sehr lang war, gingen wir hoch zur Ruine des alten Klosters (ein Besuch des Museums ist sehr zu empfehlen) und fuhren nach dem Genuss der Aussicht vom Fahrstuhl ohne Wartezeit hinunter.

    Wenn dann abends überall die Lichter angehen, kommen bei 18° zwar immer noch keine Weihnachtsgefühle auf, aber der Glühwein schmeckt trotzdem.
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  • Day2

    Auf den Spuren der Entdecker

    December 8, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    Nach dem Frühstück fuhren wir mit Metro und Tram nach Belem, wobei die 15 Minuten Tramfahrt ganz furchtbar waren. Ich glaube, ganz Lissabon samt Touris hatte die gleiche Idee. So schwitzten wir eingepfercht wie die Ölsardinen vor uns hin.

    In Belem besichtigten wir das riesige Kloster Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, was wirklich beeindruckend ist. Dank der Lisbon Card brauchten wir nicht anstehen, sondern wurden aus der Schlange herausgefischt. Die Karten sind zwar recht teuer, aber in solchen Momenten sind wir doch dankbar, sie angeschafft zu haben.

    Dann schlenderten wir weiter zum Padrao dos Descobrimentos, wo die ganzen Entdecker geehrt werden und wo man die portugiesische Version der „Golden Gate Bridge“ sehr schön sehen kann.

    Auf dem Weg weiter zum Torre de Belem sitzen die Menschen an der Promenade am Tejo, trinken Kaffee und essen Eis. Man fährt hier elektrische Fahrräder, Tretroller und Segways, auf denen man sitzen kann. Weihnachliche Gefühle ... hier nicht. 😁

    Dem Aufstieg auf den Turm überließen wir Britta und Frank. Jürgen und ich setzten uns auf eine Mauer am Fluß und schauten den Menschen beim Posen für die Selfies „Ich und der Turm“ zu. War auch schön und ... psst ... wir haben auch eins gemacht.

    Dann ließen wir uns mit einem Taxi zum Time Out Market bringen. Den brauche ich nicht nochmal, das war rappelvoll und machte keinen Spaß.

    Also nichts wie zurück zum Weihnachtsmarkt am Rossio, dann noch ein paar Höhenmeter im Bairro Alto gemacht und ordentlich Sangria in einem netten Lokal getankt.

    Man kann schon einiges entdecken in Lissabon. 😍
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  • Day3

    Vila Franca de Xira

    April 3 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    It was a good walk today except for the initial setback (dogs) and we covered the 20kms in 5 1/2 hours. It is always good to reach your destination this been Vila Franca de Xira.
    The town is linked with the English crusaders who landed here enroute to the Holy Land naming it Cornogoga after Cronwall!
    We checked into our accommodation, the DP hostel. Then after our normal routine of shower followed by doing our washing. It was time to explore the town which is known for its bull breeding and bullfighting.
    The Portuguese don't kill the bull but deftly outmaneuvere it unlike in Spain where it continues until the matador kills the bull.
    We only had to walk next door to see the Mercado (market) Municipal with its tile facade. The 1856 train station had tiles inside and along the platforms.
    Then we wandered along the riverfront and through the grounds.

    "Not all who wander are lost"
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  • Day4

    Azambuja

    April 4 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Today's route passed five train stations so we knew the walk was going to be flat except for having to climb up and down the steps at each station to get over the tracks. Another 21kms in 5hr 35mins. Great day weather wise. We arrived at Albergue in Azambuja at 1pm. Now lining up with other pilgrims for a bed when it opens at 3pm. There 12 beds and we are 6 & 7 in line.

    The walk was different today with walking alongside the trains tracks for long stretches beside wheat fields and seeing noone else. This is what the pilgrimage is all about Solitude and thoughts.

    Wayne still trying to work out how to order a large coffee!

    Every pilgrim we have met is new. Today another 2 Aussies, 1 Asian, 4 Italians and 1 Austrian.

    "Walking clears the mind, enriches the soul, takes away stress and opens up your eyes to a whole new world".
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  • Feb27

    The Pena (Feather) Palace

    February 27 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Pena sits high above Sintra on a plateau that is about 450m/1,476’ above sea level. Originally, we were going to walk up to the palace (a hard hike up!) but I felt that it was going to be too time consuming and tiring, so we hopped on the convenient bus #434 which took us on a winding, narrow ride up to the top. We passed the Moorish Castle which was built between the 8th and 9th Centuries but didn’t stop in. We have seen so many castles so far and from what we read, it is just a shell but with great lookouts. The Palace is situated a lot higher and more interesting so we decided to just go to it.

    Originally a chapel sat where the palace is now. In the early 16th Century, a King ordered a monastery for the Jeronimos monks (hermits) to be built on the site. Only eighteen monks lived there.

    In the mid 1800’s, Fernando II, a romantic German-born prince, hired a German architect to build a fantasy castle for him with Gothic towers, Renaissance domes, Moorish minarets, Manueline carvings and a Disneyland-like playfulness.

    As we walked up the road leading to the palace, we were once again slack-jawed by what we saw. The palace is so well-preserved that except for all the tourists, it feels like it is the day after the royal family fled to Brazil in 1910.

    We went through a tunnel and entered the courtyard of the magical world of Pena.

    As the palace was originally a monastery, the old section still had several small rooms on two levels around the cloister. We joined a line of people and walked though a dining room with a long table set with lovely dishes. Then on to King Carlos‘ workshop where he painted in the Art Nouveau style.

    In the King’s bedroom and bathroom, there was an English shower and tub and a telephone. The whole room was filled with furniture and lots of knickknacks.

    The handrail going up the stairs to the Queen’s bedroom was in the shape of a slithering snake. Queen Amelie’s life in the early 1900s was not an easy one. In 1908, her husband and eldest son were assassinated. Her youngest son became the King but in 1910 but had to escape to Brazil during the 1910 revolution. Her last night was spent in the Pena Palace.

    We noticed for the first time that this palace had flush toilets, bath tubs and even a telephone room.

    The Queen’s Terrace had wonderful views.

    Outside there was another patio and a lovely private chapel with pretty stained glass windows. We met a Canadian teacher here from Montreal who with his wife and 11 year daughter, were on a 1 year sabbatical travelling around Europe. They were into their 7th month and their daughter was looking forward to meeting up with a friend of hers, during the March break, in Spain. We continued on the narrow Wall Walk, ramparts, to see the 360 degree views.

    Now, the palace is split up into different sections. What we had seen was the modified old monastery section. The new wing had the apartments of the last king which included a smoking room and a Great Hall. We went down some stairs and went into a Stag Room with mounted deer heads and even a moose. Once again down some stairs to the Kitchen with 2 of its 3 original ovens and all sorts of kitchen ware. It was a huge room and there was a lot to see.

    Whew.

    The palace has extensive, lush gardens with meandering walkways all the way down to where we had to take our bus back to Sintra.

    Once again, a wonderful day for us.

    P.S. We came home and watched Michael Cohen’s Testimony/Interrogation by the Senate...
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  • Mar26

    Off to Lisbon

    March 26 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Our week in Pico da Pedra with Rui and Guadino was wonderful. What kind hosts with big hearts and lots of good information about the island. They have put a lot of effort into creating a welcoming and peaceful BnB/home and you couldn’t ask for a better location to explore the island. The time we spent on the island was fabulous. There are 9 islands in the Azores so if we return, we will want to explore the other ones, starting with three that are close together - Pico, Faial and Sao Jorge.

    We met an interesting young couple from Germany, Silvia and Tadeh who shared many of the same interests as we did. Every morning at breakfast, Rui and the four of us had great discussions about what we had done the day before, previous trips we had taken and what was happening in the world today (i.e. Brexit and Trump). It made breakfasts a pleasure.

    On the day that we left, we packed up our bags and drove 20 minutes to the airport. Loved that! A man from Autocunha Car Rental was there to meet us at 6 a.m. and the return went very smoothly.

    We proceeded to the SATA checkin area and were told that the plane was going to be 7 hours late!!! The big storm that the island had had 2 days ago had affected all the flights so there was a backlog. Seven hours. Ugh. But, the Portuguese attendant came to our rescue. She removed us from the Sata flight and put us on a TAP flight leaving in 20 minutes. Excellent!!!!

    After a 2 hour flight, we arrived in Lisbon at 10 and did a little planning with a coffee in the airport lounge.
    Our apartment wouldn’t be ready until 3 pm but the owner said that we were welcome to leave our bags with her. The taxi ride to the Graça area was €11 and it was glorious warm, spring day.

    Our hostess pointed the way to a traditional Portuguese lunch restaurant where there was a set lunch and lots of noisy neighbours eating lunch with their friends and families. The waiter was pretty funny and we had a good time.

    Just down the street was a barber shop, so Chris got a nice haircut. From there, we wandered - looking at all the graffiti, checking out the shops and restaurants, watching the trolley car as it made its way up the hill, taking in the wonderful views from a city park,and finally we ended up at the gates to the castle. The castle will be on tomorrow’s agenda.

    We have had a full day but still needed to see our apartment and do a quick food shopping.

    Where we are staying is in a perfect neighbourhood for exploring and as a bonus, it is full of character!
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  • Day2

    Tea to England

    April 2 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    We are back on the Camino after catching the train directly from Sintra to Parques des Nacoes. It was a commuter train, packed like sardines but at €2.75 for a 45 minute trip. Value for money.
    We continued through the expo development, pass the sail-shaped Vasco da Gama Tower before coming across the bronze statue of Queen Catarina de Braganca, who left Lisbon in 1662 to marry Charles II of England. Her dowry included the city of Bombay, India, and tea so it was Catarina and her court who introduced tea to England.

    Just passed by a Camino cyclist from Sydney. He doing 50kms a day on his electric bike.

    I have fudge the previous footprint tags to read 'Day 1' so today's tag will be 'Day 2' which is the stage 2 of our Camino so the countdown is on to Day 33. Hopefully that's the day we'll reach Santiago de Compostela.

    "Every journey starts with one step"
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  • Day2

    Lisbon, Portugal

    April 6 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Lisbon was the center of Europe's longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal's imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator's 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a local guide featured a drive through the Baixa quarter's main squares and a walk along the cobblestone alleys of quaint Alfama, the popular quarter of the seaman and Fado singers. Continued with a drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade to Pombal Square with a stop for pictures of Belem Tower guarding the mouth of the Tagus and the Monument to the Discoveries.

    The Tower of Belem was built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon's harbor and was the starting point for many of the voyages of discovery and for the sailors it was the last sight of their homeland. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the nearby Jerónimos Monastery) because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries. The tower was commissioned by King John II to be part of a defence system at the mouth of the Tagus river and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.

    Tour of Jeronimos Monastery with the tomb of Vasco da Gama who was a Portuguese explorer and the first European to reach India by sea. His initial voyage to India (1497–1499) was the first to link Europe and Asia by an ocean route, connecting the Atlantic and the Indian oceans and therefore, the West and the Orient. He died December 24, 1524 around the age of 60.

    The Jerónimos Monastery or Hieronymites Monastery is a former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome near the Tagus river. The monastery is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon. It was classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the nearby Tower of Belém, in 1983. The construction of the monastery and church began on January 6, 1501 and was completed 100 years later. King Manuel originally funded the project with moneys obtained from the Vintena da Pimenta, a 5 percent tax on commerce from Africa and the Orient, equivalent to 70kg of gold per year with the exception of those taxes collected on the importation of pepper, cinnamon and cloves which went directly to the Crown. With the influx of such riches, the architects were not limited to small-scale plans, and resources already prescribed for the Monastery of Batalha, including the Aviz pantheon, were redirected to the project in Belém. Manuel I selected the religious order of Hieronymite monks to occupy the monastery whose role it was to pray for the King's eternal soul and to provide spiritual assistance to navigators and sailors who departed from the port of Restelo to discover lands around the world. The monks did this for over four centuries until 1833 when the religious orders were dissolved and the monastery was abandoned.
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  • Day3

    Breakfast, gym, and a long walk

    April 22 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Lisbon sits on many hills, so there are lots of “miradouros” (scenic look-out plazas is my awkward translation). We decided to head for two located on hills near the castle— these are not the most popular but the views are great—Nossa Senhora da Monte and Graca. Lunch in a little pastelaria where we sat outside in old Lisbon and had a homemade lunch for 9 € for the two of us!

    Back to the hotel for a total of 19,752 steps according to my phone. While Joe rested, I went on my first oil-scouting expedition. Making good headway!

    Tomorrow it’s down to work for two days. Then Thursday is The national holiday commemorating the Carnation Revolution-saying goodbye to fascism without firing a shot.
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  • Apr3

    Alfama, Lisbon

    April 3 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Today we woke up full of energy to go out and start exploring on our first full day of this trip. We found a funny little local cafe and had a coffee and a chicken toastie for breakfast and then headed towards Alfama, a famous old district in Lisbon.
    Alfama is beautiful and we happily spent hours just wandering around the winding cobbled streets and up and down all of the many many hills. We found some lookout view points, a convent, a castle, lots of cool murals and hundreds of little bars and cafes to go back to if we can remember where any of them are, the whole area is like a maze.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

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