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Pombaline Lower Town

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  • Day7

    Towers, Turtles, Tiles

    June 6 in Portugal

    A bit of a lie in, a decent breakfast and then off to find a tram to take us to Belem. We walked down to the river front and picked up a (sadly modern) tram to Belem, we rode all the way out to the tower.. And a bit oast. Belem as a suburb looked middle class and prosperous, the first houses we've seen. The tram route took us past pastel de nata Belem where they were queuing out of the door. When we reached the tower it was impressive but again a long queue for a small building, we skipped going in and headed towards the mosterio dos jeronimos instead. On the way we came to the 1960s Salazar monument of the explorers with its ott crowd of crew and Vasco de gama. We'd seen it on the Janina /Alistair program and it is quite a sight. In front of it is a mosaic compass rose with a map of the Portuguese discoveries in the centre. At the monument there was a lift to the top which gave us great, if rather cloudy views across the river and across Lisbon. From there we schlepped over to the monesterio where the queues were stupendous. There were an awful lot of coaches parked outside. We decided that the smart move would be to come back at the end of the day today or tomorrow when the cruise crowds would probably be gone. Instead we hopped back on the tram heading for the Museum of the Oriente housed in an old bacalhau warehouse. This was a good if rather disturbing museum. We concluded that Japan / China stuff didn't seem too exploitative compared with say India or Africa where the damage was so great. There were some really good pieces. I was particularly taken by the trade prints of the tea trade and the screens showing encounters between the Europeans and the Japanese /Chinese.
    Next stop the tile museum Inc its panoramic view of pre-earthquake Lisbon. We had some minor transport difficulties but eventually found ourselves on a bus heading to the tile museum. When we arrived the first stop was the cafe which was lovely but had glacial service. We sat with our drinks in a shaded courtyard with turtle pond before heading into the museum proper. This was a converted convent which now houses an array of tile samples. I was very taken with some of the early ones with their rather grumpy looking faces. There was a restoration department with a vast array of tiles awaiting attention, it looked like professional jigsaw construction without a picture.
    On the way round we ended up in the convents original church which had sufficient gilt and art to reawaken all my Catholic Church prejudices... Poverty... Pah. The highlight has to be the 1755ish panorama which has a large space all to itself on the top floor.

    Then back via bus to the riverfront and the walk back to our hotel. A brief recharge of our batteries and we headed out for food. This times recommendation was to take the lift opposite the top of our street where we're would emerge near a taberna. Good food but doleful staff didnt make it feel like the most welcomeing experience.
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  • Day164

    Lisbon

    September 26, 2017 in Portugal

    So after another foggy trip yesterday we eventually made it into the marina 9hours after leaving. The first 6.5hours were foggy, the next 1hour windy, the remaining 1.5 OK. The fog cleared just after we turned east having cleared the western most point of Europe in thick fog, and we could see the north bank of the Tagus estuary. We were then able to turn off the radar and cruise our way up the river, with tidal assistance. The port is very commercial and Lisbon is huge. Today we have been tourists wandering around seeing as much as we can.
    Photo 1 Padrao dos Descubrimentos monument to the discoverers
    Photo 2 Belem Tower originally for defence but now on land
    Photo 3 Monastery of Jeronimos
    Photo 4 View west from Sao Jorge Castle, st George's Castle
    Photo 5 Santa Justa Elevator
    Photo 6 view from boat looking north east as we came up river including the dome of the church of Sao Vincent de Fora
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  • Day7

    Between Belém and Baixa-Chiado

    September 26, 2016 in Portugal

    An amazing and absolutely laid-back trip to Lisbon with Jacqueline, one of my German Monterey-roommates. We were absolutely stunned by the beauty of Portugals capital. Enjoy the pictures ;)

  • Day9

    9. Tag: Lissabon Sa.

    September 9, 2017 in Portugal

    • Stadt Tour - 27.000 Schritte am Tag •

    Früh aufgestanden fuhren wir mit der Metro in die Innenstadt und besorgten uns bei unserer Lieblingsbäckerei Frühstück. Für mich gab es ein leckeres Pastel de Nata, für david die portugiesische Salami mit Käse im Teigmantel.
    Gestärkt führen wir als erstes mit der Tram 28 eine Runde durch die Altstadt, suchten die Ponte d. 25. April und das Christi in Rei. Anschließen genossen wir einen leckeren Juice in der LX Factory, in der es sehr viele schicke und hippe Läden gab.
    Wir besuchten den Torre von Belem, das Wahrzeichen der Entdecker und den Heronimus Palast im Stadtteil Belem. Von dort aus fuhren wir mit der Straßenbahn richtig Altstadt zum Foodmarket TimeOut. Hier gibt es tolle Stände mit leckerem Essen und trinken. Wir gönnten uns beim Asian lab 2 Currys und Bier. Unser Nachtisch Brownie Cake mit salted caramel Mousse war etwas ganz besonderes.
    Gut gestärkt machten wir uns auf den Weg zum Castello, von dem wir aus einen tollen Blick über die Stadt hatten. Das Castello ist toll erhalten und einen Besuch wert. Mittlerweile war es schon 21 Uhr und wir beschlossen nicht mehr heimzufahren. Wir genossen noch das Treiben in der Altstadt und ich gönnte mit noch einen Tomate- Mozzarella Salat für schlappe 8,50€. Dafür waren die Caipis in der Bar umso billiger und das Brot umsonst.
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