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Lisbon

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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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  • 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

  • Mar2

    Lisbon - a Turnaround Day

    March 2 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We’ve been on the move through Portugal for two months and have ended up Lisboa, drinking Second Cup coffee and seeing tattooed and pierced individuals speaking an assortment of languages. A different world from the one than we have been in as we moved around. Less laid back and a lot more hectic.

    The train from Sintra to Lisbon was quick and took us to Rossio station that is within a block of the apartment we are staying in for the weekend, and right in the centre of the city. We can see the castle on the hill and walk out the door to a grocery store and bakeries.

    We are preparing for our trip to the Portuguese islands of Madeira and then to the Azores so will only spend 2 nights here. Enough time to buy a few groceries, do a quick load of laundry (we don’t like carrying dirty laundry!), contact our bnb hostess, contact a car rental company and read a bit about Madeira before we go on Sunday morning.

    Tomorrow is Saturday and Carnaval antics will be something to enjoy and to remind us to be vigilant of pickpockets.

    The plan for Saturday is to walk down to and along the river and have lunch at the Time Out market. If there is a Carnival parade, we will check it out.

    Not a super exciting day but we know that we will be back Lisbon at the end of the month and we will make sure that we see Belem, the puppet museums, the Fado museum and other interesting places. We are just getting a feel for it now, while thinking of the green mountains of Madeira.
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  • Mar2

    Saturday Lunch in the Time Out Market

    March 2 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    After enjoying our time in the Puppet Museum, we were hungry. Donna had mentioned that she had gone to eat at the Time Out Market near the waterfront on several occasions. Since we were in the general area, we walked to the 19th Century Ribeira covered produce and handicraft market that also houses a huge food court called The Time Out Market. It is named after a magazine with the same name.

    The food court offers a mix of price ranges and food types, everything from tinned octopus to warm beef sandwiches to steak to tuna tartar. Many of Lisbon’s top chefs have stalls here and some offer cooking classes in the market.

    Since we have been in Portugal, we have not had a hamburger so when we saw a gourmet hamburger stand, we ordered 2 hamburgers, fries and a drink. It was pricey but was it ever good!

    And ... we had heard about the Santini ice cream factory in Carcavelos but forgot to get an ice cream cone when we were there. Guess what? There was a Santini ice cream stand in the market and we didn’t forget to get one this time! Santini ice cream has the reputation of being one of the best ice cream parlours in the world.
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  • Mar29

    A Sunny Day for Walking

    March 29 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Three days left to go. We had no purpose today except to get out of our apartment and walk around the downtown and the riverside. It was a beautiful day. I put a few towels out to dry on my balcony clothesline which is way, way up (Heaven forbid if I didn’t secure them well!) and off we went.

  • Day3

    Breakfast, gym, and a long walk

    Yesterday 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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  • Mar27

    The Castle on the Hill & the Fado Museum

    March 27 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Rick Steves has a really good guidebook for key places in Portugal. His section about Lisbon makes life a lot easier for planning as it includes lots of good tips about where to go and what to do and see. I just tear out 4 or 5 pages from his guide, about an area that we would like to explore and take those with me. Chris uses the Mapme app or google maps app and we are set.

    Yesterday, we went on his “Alfama Stroll and the Castle”, starting at Lisbon’s highest point, Sao Jorge Castle and ending at the Fado Museum near the river in the sailor’s quarter. We went at around 9 a.m. in order to avoid the tour groups. Sometimes, we casually join a group to hear stories or facts about a certain spot.

    The castle gate is a short walk away from our apartment. We walked to the gate and looked around the small town that stands within the walls before buying seniors’ tickets to enter the viewing terrace and the castle proper. There are several places to get great views of Lisbon but it was lovely of the Tejo River from up there. We could see the big April 25th Bridge (somewhat like the Golden Gate Bridge) in the distance.
    We strolled along the ramparts and climbed the towers, while trying to find our apartment building in the streets below. We had left an orange towel on the balcony clothesline.

    The first settlements on this hill date back to the 7th century B.C., but the castle was built in the 11th century when Moors built it to house their army and house their important people during a siege. But then it was taken in 1147 and Portugal’s royalty lived there.

    The little museum on the site had archaeological finds from the 7th centre B.C. to the 18th century.

    The Castle Town just outside the castle is full of cute shops and restaurants. Most of these buildings were built during the Middle Ages for well to do people.

    On the way down to the river, we passed the Largo Santa Luzia. The iconic trolleys stop here as there is a free panoramic view from its terrace with nice music. We popped into a little cafe to have a coffee and delicious natas - maybe the best ones yet!

    We continued walking down, down, down stairs and steep roads to the Alfama area. Lots to see - laundry flapping from wrought iron balconies, birds in cages, flowers, tuktuks, a lady selling 1 euros cups of Jinga to passerbys, artists’ workshops in old building, grafitti, and men in groups smoking and chatting. There are signs everywhere warning people of possible pickpockets. Good reminders. It was a warm and sunny day so we felt good.

    At the bottom of the hill is the Fado Museum. Our friend Donna highly recommended it. Fado - Rick Steves describes it as “wailing fisherwomen’s blues”. I really like it. There are three wall murals on three levels with the faces of three generations of local fado stars. With the audio guide they give you, you can key in the number beside the face you like and listen to the person singing. We could have been there for hours!!!

    Hunger stuck so we asked a shopkeeper if she would recommend a nearby locals’ restaurant. Once again, we had a delicious fish and pork/clam meal with sangria for a good price.

    The walk back up to our apartment wasn’t so bad. Maybe it was because our legs have become used to the exercise we had, climbing the many hills in Sao Miguel. Maybe it was because of the energy provided by the homemade ice cream cone we ate...
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  • Mar2

    Lisbon Puppet Museum

    March 2 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    A Saturday in Lisbon ... oh back to big city life... it was busy! And it wasn’t because of Carnival.

    A lady told us today that Carnival really isn’t celebrated in Lisbon. It is a low key day that kids like to celebrate because they can get dressed up in costumes but only a few little towns in the interior go crazy with the parades and fun. That’s interesting.

    We looked out the window and the sun was starting to come up so we ate a quick cereal breakfast and headed out. Our apartment is in an excellent location, right in the middle of everything, close Rossio metro station and to the Mundial Hotel. Restaurants and bakeries are all around us and so is the pedestrian street where there is a lot of action.

    The plan was to walk the 2 1/2 km to Lisbon’s wonderful Puppet Museum housed in an old convent. The museum was founded in 1997 by a company that performed travelling shows both in Portugal and abroad.

    The museum was far larger than we anticipated and had a huge variety of puppets from many different parts of the world - Turkey, Indonesia, Burma, China, New Zealand, Vietnam, Japan and Brazil, as well as European countries. The famous Bonecos de Santo Aleixo puppets of Portugal (late 1700’s) were there too. They are rod puppets made of wood and cork. And then there was a whole section of masks.

    The puppets weren’t just rod puppets though. They were hand, string, water, shadow, and more. They were made of papier mache, clay, wood, paper, cloth, wool, foam and latex. What a great collection.

    One section of the museum had puppets used for television and for film.

    All in all, it was a wonderful place to spend a morning and talk to the managers of the museum.
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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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