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Santa Maria de Belém

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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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  • Apr5

    Belem, Lisbon

    April 5 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Bought a 24 hour public transport ticket to discover a further part of the city (but also we just cannot walk anymore). Belem tower, Jerónimos Monastery, and great view to the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge with small showers all day. We have tried the 'best pastel de nata in the world' (the queue was long but it was worth it) and later in the evening we had the best sandwich in our lives, bifana (warm pork meat in soak bread, yumi). Bairro Alto is the party district on the top of a hill (of course) with many great cheap pubs. We drunk, danced and made friends with some Bangladeshian guys who told us that we are made for each other, great last night in Lisbon!Read more

  • Mar28

    Belém's Old Carriage Museum

    March 28 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    We have visited many museums in Portugal but we were blown away by this one!

    Situated beside the Tagus River, at the point where it meets the Atlantic, Belém is the place from which the caravels sailed on their ‘voyage of discovery’. Nowadays, it is an area just outside of Lisbon where people can spend time relaxing in the parks or visiting historical monuments and modern museums. The area is full of cafes as well as seafood restaurants. We were intrigued by the description of the place so we decided to go there.

    We took Rick Steves’ advice once again and took the 15E tram from the Mundial Hotel to Belém.

    Our first stop was at the National Coach Museum which is housed in two buildings. Originally, it was only in the ornate royal riding arena, but the collection is so big that a new modern concrete complex was built across the street. We visited both places.

    The royal riding arena only houses eight carriages, a selection of portraits and a wing displaying 19th-century firefight equipment. But what a building it is! The main riding area is ornately painted and it is a fascinating building.

    The most important and oldest exhibit is the coach used by King Felipe II of Portugal as he travelled from Spain to Portugal in 1619. Another amazing exhibit is the ceremonial Coach of the Oceans, a carriage belonging to Pope Clement XI, which was given King John V in 1715, and is lavishly decorated in gold.

    The coach collection was originally created by Queen Amélia in 1905 and housed in the royal riding arena. The arena was 50m long and 17m wide, and was used for training horses as well as for horse riding exhibitions and games. It used to have balconies so that the Portuguese royal family could watch the events from luxurious surroundings.

    The queen included all of the carriages belonging to the Portuguese royal family in the museum’s collection. After the demise of the royal family the Portuguese government maintained the coach museum.

    Just a few fun facts ... the Portuguese royalty played a fun riding game with a rotating figure of a Moor with a shield and a whip. The game was called “ Charging the Estafermo” in which the rider tried to strike the shield with a lance, causing the figure to rotate and then the rider had to quickly escape without being hit by the whip. See our last photograph. The museum had one of the figures on display.

    Toilets on coaches? One of the seats had a seat that lifted and there was a potty underneath!
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  • Mar28

    Belem's New Carriage Museum

    March 28 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    The new building houses around 40 royal vehicles from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. There were coaches, berlins, sedan chairs, children’s coaches and carriages – all of which are decorated in a rich and over the top style. Pretty jaw dropping. The time and work that went into making these vehicles!

    There was also a display of miniatures of the carriages. Hi I that it would have been a cool project to make one of these.

    Upstairs, we saw the fun tongue in cheek art exhibit showing modern interpretations of all the Kings and Queens of Portugal. The artist also included their nicknames and how they were related. Very clever. We wish that we could remember his name as we loved his artworks. (Gomes? Torres?)

    Anyways, as mentioned, we were blown away by the splendour and workmanship of the coaches and were happy that we made the effort to visit this amazing museum.
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  • Mar28

    Belém's Incredible Monastery & Natas

    March 28 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Belém isn’t just known for the National Coach Museum. The 16th-century Tower of Belém and the sail-shaped Discoveries Monument are featured on almost every postcard. Also there is the immense Gothic Jerónimos Monastery, and the very popular Pastéis de Belém patisserie, famed for its custard tarts. We only have so much energy and there is just so much to see and do!

    We wandered over to the Jerónimos Monastery after seeing the coach museum and were really impressed by its grand size (100m long) and the carvings on the limestone walls. King Manuel (1495) erected it as a thank you for the discoveries made by early Portuguese explorers. He built the church near the site where a small chapel stood where sailors spent their night before their frightening voyages, praying.

    Portugal was a wealthy country in those days and and no expense was barred from creating this spectacular monastery. You have to see it to believe it.

    The monastery is the final resting ground of Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer who was the first European to sail to India. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site and was declared a National Monument in 1907.

    Now the time came to have a coffee and a great and we were in the right place!

    Everyone who visits Portugal learns about and eats the famous pasteis de nata, but to sink your teeth into the real deal, made using the original 187-year-old recipe, you need to stop in at a cafe called Pasteis de Belém. And guess what? It is practically next door to the monastery.

    The first owners of this well-known pastry shop (which was a sugar refinery at that time) purchased the recipe in the 1830s from the monks of the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery), who first sold the pastries as a way to raise money. Flaky on the outside and creamy on the inside, they are delicious pastries, and it didn’t take long for the Pasteis de Belém to become one of the most popular pastry shops in Lisbon. The lineups tell it all.

    We were able to see where they make the 20,000 or so tarts a day and what a sight. Donna, Karen and Rob, and members of our family would be drooling. We just sat down at a table, sprinkled the hot tarts with cinnamon and powdered sugar and ate them with a cafe com leite (coffee with milk). Yum.

    Now we had to face our 40 minute tram ride home with a trolley full of students and tourists - it was like being in a can of Portuguese sardines! Wow!
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  • Day5

    Lisbon Day Trip

    April 5 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Today's trip is to Lisbon. It's closer than Seville, only 97 miles away. The city is over two thousand years old. Romans lived beside the river. Became the capital city in 1255, making it the oldest capital city in the world.
    We crossed the 25th April Bridge. It celebrates the ending of the dictatorship in 1974. The lower section of the bridge is for trains. It is similar in drsign to the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco
    There is a statue of Christ here similar to the one in Rio de Janeiro but smaller.
    The Monument Of Discovery was built in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the navigator
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  • Day66

    Lissabon II

    July 13, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Heute fahren wir mit dem Bus nach Belém. Eigentlich ist das ein Vorort von Lissabon, aber man denkt es ist ein Viertel der Stadt. Zuerst schauen wir uns das "Mosteiro dos Jerónimos" an, ein riesiges Kloster. Der Haupteingang der dazugehörigen Kirche ist wunderschön, mit vielen Figuren. Die Kirche kann man umsonst besichtigen. Danach geht es zum "Torre de Belém" und dann zum Seefahrerdenkmal "Padrão dos Descobrimentos". Das hat uns wirklich begeistert. Als Abschluss wollten wir noch zur "Pastéis de Belém" gehen um die "Pastéis de Nata" zu essen, der Andrang ist nicht normal! Die Schlange war über 30m lang auf der Straße! Daher haben wir uns für ein kleines Café drei Häuser weiter entschieden.
    Wir lieben die kleinen Kuchen!!
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  • Day334

    Portugals Erbe in Lissabon

    July 10, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Ein Freund aus Lissabon sagte mir: "Auf der einen Seite ist Spanien und der Anderen der Atlantik - kein Wunder, dass wir so gute Entdecker und Seefahrer waren."

    Ferdinand Magellan#Vasco da Gama#uvm.#Pasteis de Nata#Café Expresso#Sagres#SuperBock#Wein#Azulejo#Keramikfliesen#Fado#Essen&Trinken

  • Day6

    Lissabon/Belém

    November 2, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Ein weiterer Tag in Lissabon ist zu Ende. Wir blicken auf wunderbare Tage zurück. Heute sind wir mit nem Lininenbus in den Stadtteil Belém gefahren. Das UNESCO Kloster „Mosteiro dos Jerónimus“ wurde selbstverständlich besichtigt 😉 da waren wir kedoch absolut u auf gar keinen Fall die einzigen. Eine riesige Schlange vor Öffnung, haben wir uns mit eingereiht. Die Massen strömten nur so rein, als sich die Tore öffneten, ging also recht schnell. als wir rauskamen, war die Schlange doppelt so lang und es bewegte sich kaum was 🤷🏻‍♀️ na wir waren drinnen fertig. Schöne Klostergänge, beeindruckende Kirche.
    Weiter ging’s auf die gegenüberliegende Seite, wo ein riesiges, den Seefahrern gewidmetes Denkmal steht. Hier haben wir uns aber gegen das Eintreten entschieden, war von außen beeindruckend genug. Und im Hingergrund hätte man einen fantastischen Blick auf die Ponte 25 de Abril u die Christus Statue. Weiter gings am Tejo bis hin zum Torre de Belém, einer von ursprünglich 2 Leuchttürmen (der Zwilling hat leider ein schweres Erdbeben im 18. Jh nicht überlebt) sich hier war eine super lange Schlange vorm Eingang ohne Vorwärtskommen, also von allen möglichen Seiten fotografiert u für besichtigt befunden 😉
    In Belém sollen die ersten Puddingtörtchen erfunden worden sein, bzw stammt das Originalrezept wohl aus der einen Konditorei vor Ort. Auch das ist mittlerweile ein Touri-Magnet geworden, mit Anstehen verbunden. Auch wir waren Touris 🙈🤣🍮
    Den Rest des Tages haben wir heute unser Tagesticket für die Öffis abgefahren, alle U-Bahn-Linien genutzt, um mal schneller als zu Fuß an Orte zukommen, die vllt sonst auch zu weit gewesen wären... und wir haben uns auf Empfehlung hin mal in die berühmte Tram-Linie E28 gesetzt und sind damit bis zum Linienende durchgefahren, wie viele andere auch. Das ist schon ein kleines Abenteuer, wie die Holz-Vehikel durch die engsten Gassen u Kurven manövriert werden. Und wer im Weg steht, wird so lange weggehubt, bis wieder freie Fahrt ist.. die Tram hat hier eindeutig Vorrang vor allem u jedem 🤷🏻‍♀️ ein paar letzte Schritte durchs Gebiet. Ich denke, wir haben die letzten 48h sehr viel mitgenommen 👀. Morgen früh starten wir die Tour an die Südküste... 🙂
    Bis baldigst 😘
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  • Day5

    Day 4 in Lisbon

    April 22, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    So, each day gets tougher to get out of bed, but by God we did it! Hiked up a few small hills to a Farmer's Market, where we bought some bread and cheese and then ate at a small restaurant in this pretty little park next to the market. Afterwards, we headed out for a 10 minute walk to a metro stop, where we jumped the metro for two stops to a train station where we were going to catch a bus to the Tile Museum (Tiles are definitely a big time Portgugese thing). After waiting around for a bit, it suddenly dawned on me that perhaps we were on the wrong side of the station! Sure enough, whipping out Google Maps and studying that little arrow which shows which direction.the Tile Museum lies revealed our error! So we went to the other side and after about a 20 minute wait , the bus showed up and we jumped on it for the mile ride to the museum.

    Got off, explored - = actually petty good! Had some ham and cheese sandwiches and then the plan was to head towards Belem where the Jerónimos Monastery
    https://goo.gl/maps/6fc5g56vcYS2 lies along with those world famous custard pastries (ok, so you haven't heard of them, but you should - scrumptious - we had already had a few, but these were warm and served with powdered sugar and cinammon! But I digress! First of all we decided we didn't want to wait for an hour for a bus to come by, so I whipped out my Uber app, requested a driver and within 2 minutes he pulled up. 10 minutes later we were at our destination. Great guy - nice Mercedes. We then jumped on the 15E tram using our Zap cards which we had just refilled (refillable Metro cards). Note - zap cards can't be refilled in the Metro in Lisbon with Visa cards - won't take them. We kept using cards and wondering what the hell was going wrong - well, had it confirmed later by a shop clerk.

    Waited on the tram for Belem - the sign said it would show up in 25 minutes - everybody is standing in the sun. It gets down to 4 minutes and then suddenly it jumps back up to 23 minutes. People were getting a bit crazy by then. It finally shows up and we pack on like little sardines (a Portuguese thing) . Totally smashed for the 30 minute ride. Fiinally make it to the monastery - impressive! Sprawls over about 3 blocks. Interior is amazing as is the church. Definitely a must see in Lisbon. Headed over afterwards to see the monument "Age of Discoveries" (built in 1960) on the water dedicated to Vasco de Gama and his explorers - Awesome memorial - starting to wear out, backtrack to the pastry shop we had heard so much about - world famous custard tarts - oh boy , were they good - warm - slightly crunchy crust - dang - consumed 4 between us and took 6 to go. (for a video by Rick Steves on Portugal and how these are made , see this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYh4SiuFvsc Back to the tram, we caught one of the old fashioned ones - again packed - nice thing about this one was that it didn't stop at any of the 14 stops on the way back to Lisbon - too full. So we got back fairly quickly. Spent a 1/2 hour in a Lisbon souvenir shop, then took a 10 minute stroll north towards our apt with a sidetrack to a Rick Steves recommended little hole in the wall where I had a Bifana sandwich (marinated pork - another Portuguese speciality) and Janet had Monkfish stew with rice. Oh , did I say I had a half bottle of Portugal red wine? Do you know how hard it is to type this at 10:45 after a half bottle?

    So tomorrow - we're heading to the airport on the metro bright and early where we are going to pick up our little ECAR to head south to the southern coast of Portugal and 2 nights in Lagos. Should be interesting adventure.!
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Santa Maria de Belém, Santa Maria de Belem

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