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... the dangerous possibility of future quakes.
After touring the city, we drove over the Tagus River bridge, built by the same guys who built the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and past the big, famous statue of Jesus Christ with his arms stretched out (there are others in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Lima, Peru, and lots of other South American cities). Once you cross the bridge, you’re not in Lisbon anymore. You’re in a ...
... and South Asia. I couldn't even pretend to ignore this fact.
I headed toward Belem Tower, and passed a man with three fishing poles laid out on the water's edge. He oversaw the operation with a stout expression and hands behind his back. His wife stood next to him, providing moral support. I finally made it to The Tower several minutes later after passing a park full of Chamomile-like flowers. The Tower looked more like a Castle and was out in the ...
... vase anyway. The show tonight was a double bill, a Flautist (can't remember his name) not my thing, and P P Arnold, she of The First Cut is the Deepest fame back in the 60s. She was ok but not brilliant. We put the clocks forward tonight, yes forward!! So we lose an hours sleep. We will need to do thus again before we reach Southampton as we have been further West and now we are veering back towards the East. ...
... of Discovery or Padrão dos Descobrimentos is a symbol of Portugal seen on all postcards for the city, shaped as a ships prow lined with important figures and explorers from Portuguese history.
Whilst wandering the area we were finally able to arrange a brief catch up with Ricardo, a Portuguese man I met in Indonesia who has been a fantastic help with arranging our itinerary through the country!
We walked the waterfront ...
... Alfama. It felt like a country village right in the heart of Lisbon. A little old lady popped her head out of her window and sold us sour cherry liqueur, ginjinha for $1. Very cool place if you want to feel as if you've stepping back in time.
As if the town of Lisbon couldn't get any better, 30 minutes away is a coastline of endless beaches. A perfect way to end our short stay here. As we watched people on these picturesque beaches while polishing off 2 litres of sangria, we ...