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We have two full days here in Lisbon, with no specific plans of what we want to see, so decide that given that the city is so wide spread, a hop on, hop off would definitely be the best option. After a breakfast of bread, ham, cheese, tomato, cucumber - standard Mederterrian breakfast fare - we walk a couple of blocks and get on one of the big yellow double-decker buses. We are obviously quite early as we have the whole top deck to ourselves for several stops. It is cooler here than ...
... representing sailors, explorers, warriors, poets .....
That afternoon, we took a guided tour to Sintra, the summer retreat of the royals. Now, a World Heritage Site, the old town and the Castle grounds offer Lisboans and tourists a romantic getaway. Pena Castle, built on the ruins of a 16th century monastery by Fernando II, consort to Queen Maria II is a mish mash of architectural styles; medieval, oriental, moorish. Not exactly ...
... in Sintra. It's precariously perched on a hilltop and is regarded as one of the finest examples of Romantic-era architecture in Portugal. Each room, and there's oodles of them, was over the top in terms of furnishings and decor. Extravagance gone mad. Really kitsch in places but still very fascinating.
We are currently in Porto but I'll leave any comments post Lisbon till the next blog. We still haven't had any rain in nearly 4 weeks ...
... rest was rent for the fancy glasses.
We stopped in at the Church of Sao Domingos, which was a center of the inquisition in the 1600s and is now Lisbon's most active churches. It was partly destroyed in the 1755 earthquake - you can see what is left, what is new.
From Rick Steves' book - "At 9:40 in the morning on Sunday, November 1 (my birthday!) - All Saints' Day - an earthquake estimated to be close to 9.0 in magnitude ...
... minister to Jose I (ruler of Portugal), immediately began planning how to restore order and rebuild Lisbon. Part of this reconstruction was the grid like formation of the lower part of Lisbon in Baixa. This is one of the first examples of urban planning.
From our hotel, we walked through Praca da Figueira which was once the main marketplace of post-earthquake Lisbon. In the middle of the park is the statue of Joao ...
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