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Graça

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  • Mar30

    Saturday- from Graça to a Flea Market

    March 30 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    We are staying in a very old neighbourhood called Arroios, near Mouraria and the hilltop area of Graça.

    The streets are narrow and the sidewalks even narrower with barely enough space for one person to walk.
    When a car goes by, you have to stop and flatten yourself against the wall in some places. Laundry hangs high up from narrow balconies and graffiti decorates almost every free wall. Parking a car is tricky as the streets are extremely inclined.

    Today, we went for a walk up to the top of the hill across the street from our apartment. We headed for the highest point in Lisbon - the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. It is a pretty viewpoint with a wonderful view of the Tejo River, as well as most of the city. There are places to sit, big shade trees, and a musician playing the guitar. Nice.

    We wandered through Graça checking out the giant murals and enjoying the ambiance of this part of the city. Of course, we had to stop to get an expresso and a nata. We sat in an outdoor cafe and people watched. It is a busy little area with people moving with a purpose - Saturday food shopping, kids going to birthday parties, dogs being taken for their walks and people meeting friends.

    We continued walking down the winding streets and staircases and ended up at the National Pantheon and the Igreja (Church) de São Vicente. This is also where we accidentally came upon the bustling Feira da Ladra, an immense, outdoor flea market that takes place every Saturday. It was full of antique or traditional items, as well as clothes, jewellery, toys, books and food. A market of this type is thought to have been in place in Lisbon since the 12th Century, and the name "Feira da Ladra" was first mentioned in the 17th Century.

    All this walking up and down steep hills made us thirsty so we stopped for lunch and a refreshing and delicious sangria before heading home to hang our laundry.

    Boy, will I miss Sangria, unless I learn to make them! Uh, red wine, sprite, a cinnamon stick, apple pieces, orange slices, brandy?, rum?, and ... I’ll have to do a google search.
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  • Day2

    Kloster São Vicente - Nadine die Heldin!

    October 1 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Als eines der letzten großen Ziele für heute hatten wir noch das Kloster São Vicente de Fora auf dem Plan. Vom Castelo ging es dann direkt dort hin. Das erste Kloster an dieser Stelle wurde 1147 als Augustinerkloster außerhalb der Stadtmauern gegründet. Im Kloster ist die wichtigste Grablege der portugiesischen Königsfamilie und auch die Patriarchen von Lissabon sind hier beigesetzt. Das Innere des Klosters haben wir ein wenig erkundet und Nadine hat dann hier ein wenig Platz genommen. Der Grund hierfür war, dass ich eine gute Position für ein Foto von außen gesucht habe. In dieser Zeit hat Nadine eine Heldentat vollbracht! Nadine hat in dem Kloster einen Diebstahl (Sonnenbrille aus dem Rucksack) beobachtet und den Dieb beim Verlassen des Klosters zur Rede gestellt. Dieser hat nach kurzer Ausrede die Sonnenbrille rausgerückt und Nadine konnte sie der Dame zurückgeben, welche noch nichts von ihrem Glück wusste. Ein Passant der Nadine beobachtet hatte, hat sie anschließend für ihr tolles Vorgehen gelobt. Erst als ich zurückgekommen bin habe ich davon erfahren; ich war und bin natürlich sehr stolz! Vom Kloster ging es dann durch einen kleinen Flohmarkt zum letzten Sightseeingziel für heute, der Igreja de Santa Engrácia.Read more

  • Day2

    Igreja de Santa Engrácia

    October 1 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    An der Igreja de Santa Engrácia angekommen sind wir einmal um die Kirche rum und haben ein paar Fotos geknipst. Auch auf dem Weg dorthin konnten wir schon tolle Fotos von der Kuppe machen. Es handelt sich um eine große Barockkirche aus dem 17. Jahrhundert, sie wurde jedoch erst im 20. Jahrhundert vollendet. Sie dient inzwischen als Nationales Pantheon (Ruhmeshalle) und wurde nie als Gotteshaus genutzt. Ins Innere sind wir nicht, da hier tatsächlich doch mal für den Eintritt in eine Kirche ein Eintritt (Wegen Ausstellung des Pantheon) verlangt wurde und wir ohnehin schon recht platt waren. Das lag wohl vor allem an der für Oktober recht großen Wärme. Für uns doch etwas ungewohnt.Read more

  • Day1

    Frühstück in Lissabon, Dinner überm Ozea

    August 31 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Hey ihr Lieben!
    Mein erster Eintrag, viel Spaß!

    3uhr morgens deutscher Zeit begann ich meine Reise am Flughafen Berlin Tegel. Mit ein wenig Verspätung durch nicht funktionierende Gepäckbänder landete ich hungrig gegen 9:30Uhr portugiesischer Zeit in Lissabon.
    Die Stadt empfing mich mit wärmender Sonne und dem leckersten Frühstück jemals. Frischer Orangen-Minz-Saft, geröstetes Brot mit Basilikumpesto und gegrilltem Gemüse und als Abschluss zimtiges Porridge mit frischen Früchten! Gestärkt und mit neuer Energie kraxelte ich zu den schönsten und höchsten Aussichtspunkten!
    Gegen 14:30uhr war ich zurück am Flughafen nur um zu erfahren, dass mein Flug um fast 2h verspätet sei... yeay!
    Wie auch immer, nach einem langen langen Flug von fast 9h landete ich dann todmüde in Salvador da Bahia, meiner ersten Station.
    Meine wundervolle Couchsurferin Erika holte mich zusammen mit einem Freund im Auto vom Flughafen ab und zeigten mir schon mal ein bisschen die Stadt.
    Palmen, das Meer ganz nah und überall fröhliche Menschen auf der Straße, die ihr Wochenende genießen. Sehr schöner erster Eindruck!
    Jetzt liege ich endlich geduscht auf der Couch in Erikas Wohnung mit einem sehr laut summenden Kühlschrank, aber einer Menge Tatendrang und freudiger Erwartung für die nächsten Tage!
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  • Day44

    Day 41

    July 11, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    A bit of sightseeing in the morning of Porto and then on the bus again to Lisbon and then an eventful mission to find dinner and then once we found a place they were out of chicken and I was going to get the chicken parmi😞

    Then we had to resort to getting pizza probably not the best thing to eat right as you are just going to bed😏Read more

  • Day11

    Lisbon, Portugal

    May 16, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Jackson was suppose to have the day off but once again it got cancelled. The ship has a scenic sail away today which is something passengers pay to attend well the ship is setting sail from a particular port each cruise, there are officers there plus free drinks and canapés. So Jackson had to go and help that set up before we could go out. He did get to sleep in a bit and then we went out at our usual time, just after 12pm. We went to Doner Kebab House for some lunch which you can walk to from the ship without having to take the shuttle. I had a shawarma which was good but Jackson had to finish it for me like usual. After that we just headed back to the ship for some relaxing in the cabin before he had to head back to work. I’m now sitting outside at the bar Jackson works at waiting for the Great British sail away to start. A special sail away which is usually the last one when we are headed back to Southampton. Where they give out flags and everyone from the UK gets very patriotic and jumps in front of your camera waving their flags and everyone else waves the flag and has fun until you show up with a camera and then they get grumpy and refuse photos saying they’re not from there. It’s going to be nice to be able to just sit and watch. Not having to work the sail away this time.

    I’ll post some pictures of the sail away in a bit.
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  • Day4

    Igreja da Graca lisbon

    June 9, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    Wandered up the hill to this church, also a good view were were told and indeed it was. lots of street festivals. we had our dinner here and the fellow who served us told us that all the neighbourhoods have their own parties so everywhere you go there are these tents set up for cooking and tables and mostly the menu is sardines, pork, cal do verde (green broth), sometimes bata (potato), and lots of beer and sangria.

    Look at the way that car is parked on a slope of 3 stairs.

    View of the Casle from this next church. the castle has the flags waving in the wind.
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  • Day4

    Jardine botto machado Lisbon

    June 9, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    Now we wandered from the square next to the church, down Veronica street over to the Panteao nacional. the building with a cupola on it.

    there had been a flea market there and the city workers were cleaning up after it. quite a mess.

    across the street was another garden - jar dine mach ado Lisbon- where they have this circuit set up for exercise. We saw that in another park too. Colin exercising his arm!

    There was Pittosporum in the park, red pomegranate, a date palm (i think).

    I like the decoration on this apartment building across the street.
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  • Day4

    Igreja de S. Vicente da Fora Lisbon

    June 9, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    This is the big church we saw from the first lookout in the afternoon from the sun gate. it was off on the horizon.

    It is quite close to the Panteao Nacional. There is an arch that you go under to access it. there was a big truck trying to get up the narrow street with cars coming the opposite direction and other cars behind the trucks, quite the traffic snarl. I couldn't believe that this huge truck was actually negotiating those narrow streets, but it did. The passenger got out and had to get some of the drivers of the cars to move before he could advance. Considering how narrow these streets are the Portugeues are very good drivers.

    There was a street party in front of the church, many tents, one of them labelled Dolores....my middle name! means sorrow in spanish I think.

    You can see a very small Colin in the bottom of one of those pictures, it gives you a sense of the scale.

    there were lots of statues in the small niches, one of them may have been st george, but not sure. one of the cherubs seemed to have a lot of arrows in him.

    the pergola with the fountain (and a pigeon in the fountain) was next to the church, it had a sign inviting you in, but not at this time of night. it was closed and locked!
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