Praça Dom Luís

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  • Day3

    Bario Alto Portugal

    June 8, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

    We made it!
    We didn't realize you need to go to the Homing office to pick up the key. We took the metro from our hotel last night. We navigated that with success, and we found the apartment from the metro.......all up hill, and I mean up hill!!.....only to find out we have to pick up the key elsewhere. We also didn't know that you have to type in 00 to get the phone numbers to work so when we called the office it told us not in service!!! Now Colin is stating to get a little worried. luckily we have an address for the homing office but it is 24 minutes away by foot.. So off we go. Someone was smiling down on us as we started to head back down another hill a taxi cab came along and we got him to take us to the office. He told us this month is the Festival of Saint Anthony the Saint for Portugal so lots of excitement and parties in the city because of the festive. We make to the homing office where we get the key. they were a bit surprised that we found the apartment, but didn't find them! They also told us we are in the historic district so no uber drivers can come in because cars are not allowed. That is not surprising when you see how narrow these streets are. It is really very beautiful with the cobblestone, rock for paving. Walking along it pulling luggage is a bit of challenge, especially when it is very steep uphill or very narrow at the side of the street.....and they have construction blockages.....but all the same very quaint. Taxi cabs are allowed in. Our cab ride to the homing office cost 7 euros so we decided to walk back from the homing office. We got off track a couple of times, but for the most part it was ok. The tram actually goes down these same narrow streets. Amazing. We got a bus card, just like the compass card, and we can reload it. it is good for the Metro, Bus, Tram and maybe the train out to Sintra too, if we actually make it out to Sintra this trip. So much to see. We are going to get our exercise!! Lots of hillsRead more

  • Day3

    bario alto

    June 8, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

    Just sitting in the apartment with all the windows open. Music flowing in from one of the many restaurants around here. Some on the rooftops!. We are up on the 2nd level and of course you see over to your neighbours places. there is a tile roof too that we look out onto. They are playing abba like music in a traditional portuguese rhythm.

    Have to head out to get something to eat!.

    i am adding pics of dinner to this post, no room on the next one :)

    So far it is pretty amazing.

    Kendra you would have loved the pottery that we saw this morning. The changes from the greek, phoencian to the turkish, changes in glazing methods. Lots and lots of plants shows, tulips, carnations, hyacinth, roses, prunus, cypress, it goes on and on. I took lots of pics which I will have to upload at a later time.
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  • Day3

    bario alto Portugal Eve stroll festival

    June 8, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 59 °F

    Eve walk looking for dinner, after we had called the bank because we thought I had lost my wallet. Turns out luckily colin had my wallet in his back pocket. They look the same. Unfortunately they had already blocked my card so i won't be using my credit card......not too much of a problem in Colins' eyes !!

    Because of the Festival of St Anthony our neighbourhood is very very festive and busy. So we just ha to walk out of our lane to the next lane and there was this barrbequ set up with tents and you just order. We had sardines, poached bata (potato), Choirso (Sausage, very salty), bread and Salade verge (green salad). it was all very good Sangeria and Cervosa to drink and you can wander the streets with your drinks. All very civilized, but all in plastic containers with plastic cutlery.....well I guess while in rome do as the romans.

    after dinner we wandered, the lanes/streets are full of people, barbecue, food, booze, music. live music in some of the small squares. Because we are in the historical district there are squares everywhere and lanes everywhere. It goes every which way.

    The Bica elevator was closed so you can walk up the tram line. There are houses and restaurants all along the line and it is so narrow. I can't imagine having my door open out to the tram. you probably only have 2 -3 feet of clearance.

    at the top of the elevator we cam out to R loreta. Found a small grocery stores where we got breakfast supplies....except the bread as we think we will find a bakery close by. Even the cafe we had dinner at last night seemed to regularly sell bread stuffs. we got to this square Praca de cambes, where there was this large statue with at least 12 guys around it. Not sure who it was as so many people sitting around it. There was this lovely tiled mosaic around the square. Lots of portuguese boats. Caravel I think is the name for the old fashion boat. The older ones were triangular shaped sails good for going along the coastline down to Africa, and over to India when they started trading. Later the sails changed to Square shape for ocean going.

    IN the square there were street musicians, flute, clarinet, small guitars, electric guitar and singer. It was beautiful. The young women's voice was soft, but they had amplifiers. Many people listening, another couple danced so we joined them. had to put the groceries down first! All the songs were in english.

    Then we wandered down the Rue Garret. I think this is a main shopping district. The Bario Chiado metro stop was right there with a statue of a poet Ferando Pessoa out front.

    the street lamps were lovely with tree like branches enveloping the metal.

    we found a gellato shop, very busy, but the cones were cool. 4.8 euros for med. Almost like Ernest!! they did them in the shape of roses. We think we should pass that on on to Oliver and maybe he can let Ernest know.....it was all very cute. Amorino Chiado

    We kept walking to the end of the street where there is a big sign over the building. Armazens do Chiando....a shopping mall. But out front they had had a stage set up and a band playing. They were taking the stage apart by the time we got there, around midnight.

    we wandered down Rua Nova Almada, more shops and getting quieter, then turned onto Calcada Sao Francisco. It was a curvy street going uphill. Vey quite, at the end we heard mor music so we headed towards that. Ended up in the "pink street nightlife" area along Rue Nova do Carvalho.

    Then we got a bit twisted around as I thought were were above Ruo S. Paulo. the street that would take us back, but we thought Carvelho was below this, and in fact it is above it so we went a block in the wrong direction, but stumbled upon some neat buildings and another sure. The buildings looked great at night all lit up. eventually we had to pu our google maps on to figure out where we were as we actually went beyond where we should have turned up to get back to the apartment. Only 1 block so not so bad, but because there is no grid system here you really need google maps to show you which lanes you need to wander up, which steps. You could get quite lost very easily without good maps. Some of the lanes are only lit when you go into them. the hotel last night was like that, motion sensors figuor out when you get out of the elevator and only then do the lights come on. Lots of good innovations here to conserve power. we could learn!

    anyway we eventually made our way back to the apartment, probably around 1 am, Our lane was a bit smelly as I think it was the local pea hole with all those guys wandering around with their Cervosa :). Still lots of music happening!, but because it was getting late, although we were not particularly tired we headed to the apartment and to bed. all that noise was not a problem, once you shutter the window here, no light and very little sound come in. So we actually slept to 1130 this morning!

    Now we have to do some reading, have breaky and head out for more explorations today!!

    weather is sunny and warm, with a breeze, we are still under the flight path, same as the hotel last night, light music streaming through the windows its all very cool.
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  • Day4

    bario alto

    June 9, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    pics out the window of our apartment this morning......we got up at 1130 as we slept in. that's what happen when you go to bed at 1400.

    During the festival the entertainment stops at 4 am on Friday and Saturday. the rest of the week it will be 2 am. During the parade day it will be 4 am, and parade day is June 12.

    considering all this noise in our neighbourhood, once the windows are shut and the shudders closed on top of them you don't hear a lot. Obviously as we slept through everything....

    The street view with all the flags is where we had our dinner last night.
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  • Day4

    sao Jorge Castle

    June 9, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    Castle town. The narrow streets inside. Mr Peacock, The gate looking over to the crenelated castle itself. The arch way at the top has one of those instruments that allowed navigators to figure out their latitude.

    there was a section next to the castle walls that was all in ruins, no roofs and stuff growing up through it. Not sure when that was destroyed. The old street showed a house on the right that was in ruins too. Interesting to see how the walls were put together. Lots of basalts and terracotta mixed together .Read more

  • Day5

    Jeronimos Monastery

    June 10, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    Baptisimal chapel, the 1940's stained glass window with rope motif and the guilded wood ceiling in another small alcove on the opposite side of the baptismal font. You can see the areas between the wood if you look hard.

    the ancient St Anthony Chapel, the gilded wood one.

    Detail of the ceiling in the Baptisimal chapel. rope motifs again.Read more

  • Day5

    Jeronimos cloister

    June 10, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    More pics. the arches are all different. 4/side, but different motifs.

    The cloister was designed in 1517 and finished between 1540 and 1541.

    Many different symbols, religious showing the passion of christ, royal - the cross of the military order of christ, the armillary sphere, shields and royal emblems; and nature symbols, ropes, plants and fantastical beasts.Read more

  • Day5

    Jeronimos monastery - choir area

    June 10, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    The monks would spend 7 hours in the church a day in prayer and singing. this area received the worst damage from the 1755 earthquake. the rows of seats and carvings were the first Flemish and Italian renaissance Carvings in Portugal. the wood was oak and Chestnut. the stall backs have carvings of the apostles and the Doctors of the church. Each seat had a projection or Misierecorid to support the monk. --sign in the church

    we saw these same projections last year in Scotland when we visited the cathedral in Dunblane.

    -Yellow rosary window

    -very dark wood that is carved for monks to sit while singing

    -pic from the choir down into the church
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  • Day5

    Jeronimos cloister

    June 10, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    The passage way from the upper cloister to the lower one.

    There was a small window with bars and another where you could pear out. where you could pier out.

    There was a a second larger window, can't remember if there was an actual seat to sit by the window......like some of the Scottish castles we have seen.

    The intricate carvings on the inner posts. This one with the armillary, crown, crest of portugal, order of christ cross, I am wondering if that is the artichoke behind the shield. This would be the plant they relied on for vitamin c. The later english explorers on the west coast (1792 capt vancouver) would use "spruce" beer. They used the new growth from the spruce, pine trees along the coast of north america, as their source for vitamin c. Is there a raven? up on the top right corner......

    The pillars facing the cloister, again all different carvings, this one the armillary, order of christ cross and there was an animal at the bottom.
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  • Day5

    Jeronimos cloister

    June 10, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    We are in the lower part of the cloister, the view looking out to the courtyard. we saw some old pictures in an exhibit that showed this inner courtyard with ponds and plants, that is no longer the case here.

    Lots of stone benches all along the hallways. Very cold to sit on.

    some of the animals. I think that may be a pair of monkeys climbing down. Monkeys were more exotic animals showing the dominance of Portugal.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Praça Dom Luís, Praca Dom Luis

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