Boxenstopp LissabonMay 9 in Portugal
Das Saarparkcenter im Flughafen
Das Saarparkcenter im Flughafen
After much debate we decided that given the weather we would go and look at some art. The Gulbenkian seemed like a good choice, a good chronological stretch and some interesting stuff. Hmmmm
We got off the metro and the Gulbenkian was discreetly hidden away but we found it thanks to Google maps. When we arrived it was 10e and no student discount. We were a bit miffed at the price, but it had such a good write up in Lonely Planet that we coughed up.
Pah... It just didn't do it for us, no free range wandering, there was a set order. We were looking forward to the Mesopotamian pots we'd been promised. Nope, one panel and that was it. We hit the cafe as consolation, which also felt unsatisfactory in a nebulous fashion. After a restorative tea and scone we tried again but it didn't feel good. We grumped off to the metro and headed for the Mosterio at Belem. A busy tram and the rain was more serious but we arrived just in time for last entry and no queue unlike earlier in the week. It is an impressive space with some informative displays, especially the time line that layered work events, Portuguese history and the monastery history into a single display. Afterwards we emerged into the by now fairly persistent rain and headed to the tram stop. It was rammed. We had to stand all the way back to the centre and mostly there wasn't enough room to fall over, the crush of bodies held you upright even as the tram lurched.
Finally we made it back, a quick sit down and we headed back around the corner to Taberna Baixa for dinner. Very good and Mandy came away with the little thimble that the cherry brandy was served in.Read more
Der Tag beginnt mit einem atemberaubenden Ausblick auf Lissabon vom memmo principe real und einem tollen Frühstück im Zenith. Ausreichend satt ist kein Ausdruck. Da wir alle ziemlich platt sind beschließen wir eine schnöde Doppeldecker Bustour zu machen. Die erste Tour geht nach Belem dann steigen wir am plaça comercio aus und gehen ein bisschen shoppen... Im Spirituosen Geschäft. Die 2. Fahrt durch das neue lissabon Richtung Flughafen verläuft lustig\ entspannt bis tiefgründig. Vero genießt Musik und schöne Aussicht. Diyan und ich reden über den Sinn des Lebens und Lissabon zieht an uns vorbei. Danach waren wir wie schon im Oktober im Madame Piscad essen. Danach ging es ins Airbnb und wir standen vor der Herausforderung alles Flughafen konform zu packen. Die Abschiede an diesem Abend fielen schwer.Read more
04th September 2017
This morning we left Oporto by train and arrived in Lisbon at about 2pm.
Very different to the other places we have been to. This is like a big cosmopolitan city. Not sure I like Lisbon.
So many people....mainly tourists. And traffic everywhere. We stayed at Turim Hotel. Very nice. On the main street leading into the heart of the city. Had enough of walking on cobblestones.
More photos of Lisbon. Walking up to the top of the hill you come across all the back street with run down buildings and graffiti. Some houses have lovely tiles attached to their homes. Saves painting the outside as sea air quickly deteriorates the outside of the buildings.. even ruin sites get graffitied.
More photos of Lisbon. We must have a real thing going with Tuk Tuk as we rode another one to the top of the highest hill to see this famous church. Not such a hair raising ride this time. They also have markets here every Tuesday and Thursday. Graham was like a pig in shit. He loves markets. Tuk Tuks everywhere up here as too narrow for tour buses.
We checked out of our hotel at 12 noon, and luckily they were ok holding our bags. Because the museum was so close to the place we were staying I thought it would be a good idea to see that museum today while we had to wait till 3 to check into the apartment. we did navigate our way to the subway where we got a viva via gem card. This is just like our compass card and you "zap" it when you enter and exit the stations.
We walked to the Gulbenkian.....amazing museum. Lots and lots and lots of stuff to see. They had some lovely Egyptian reliefs, and carvings done in Obsidian and Basalt. Volcanic rocks from somewhere.
They had an amazing persian section. Lots and lots of tiles, persian rugs, silk pillows. You can see the influence of the ottoman/turk tiles on the portuguese azalejo tiles.
Then there was an asian section that we had to skip, just not enough time.
Some pretty amazing french provincial furniture
Then a lot of paintings, Turners, Rembrantds, more Dutch painters I didn't recognize, Gainsborough (english), Manet and Monet, Renoir, and some sculptures by Rodin. Eternal springtime one of my favourites ( I wouldn't have known the name unless i saw it, i just recognize the sculpture).
Unfortunately the gift shop was out of the English guides, but they gave me an email address so I hope to get it on line in the future. We did pick up a small English language book on Gulbenkian himself the man.
after the museum, colin gave me to 4, i renegotiated till 5. we hit a small cafe where we had espresso and 2 lovely egg type desserts. Very yummy and only 4 euros total. I think we worked off the desert on our hill climbing to find the apartment!
We went back to the hotel, pick up the luggage, and took the metro. Transferring from the yellow line (campo pequeno) to the green line. We took the green line to the end Cais do Sodre. Then the uphill climb to our place, but it is rather close so when we leave it will be quick to go downhill to the metro and back to the airport. taking the red line.Read more
wander back from the Gulbenkian to the VIP Zuric hotel to pick up our luggage and head to the Bario Alto where our apartment is.
The streets remind me of cuba, lots of exposed wiring, some beautifully maintained buildings, others not so much, but not quite as run down as Cuba. Many in Cuba were crumbling. Here just lots of Grafiti.
We had a snack at this little cafe before getting back tot he hotel then off on the metro.Read more
A lovely old church we visited. Lit a candle for mum xxx. Old and new buildings around.
More photos of walk to castle on top of the hill.
You might also know this place by the following names:
São Sebastião da Pedreira, Sao Sebastiao da Pedreira, Сан-Себаштиан-да-Педрейра