Casa De Sao Mamede
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... We bought nothing but a coffee and a custard cake before jumping onto a tram to Belem to see the tower. By the Discoveries Monument (see picture) there was a massive tiled map of the world on the ground boasting the dates Portugal welcomed in various countries to their Empire. There is no picture of the map because The British Isles were festooned with seagull faeces and we couldn’t work out if this was a metaphor or not.
LK: Having had quite enough ...
... up loose ends (bookkeeping) for the tour. So no photos today. It was another one with intermittent showers.
After a drink at the bar, one of our tour members favors us with a couple of classical numbers on the grand piano (Debussy and Mozart). Our farewell dinner is at a restaurant along the river front, underneath the Lisbon version of ...
... merchants hawking jewellery, anything you could ever think of made from cork, and paintings.
Plate du jour: fried cod
Beverage du jour: our morning cappuccino
Factoid du jour: Pena Palace means Palace of the Feathers, named after the "Our Lady of the Feathers" statue that existed since the site was originally occupied by the monastery.
Last day tomorrow!
... black pork on the way. The food was so good. Mine was a huge hunk of fish, bones in, with potatoes, spinach and carrot. Jamie wanted chicken but they were all out so instead went with black pork, which was ordered somewhat blindly as they guy didn't know the English words for it. Worried she had just ordered liver again, out came a huge plate of port fillets, with rice, beans, chips and.... a grilled banana. Bit different, but same principle as apple with pork or bananas ...
... good as Turkey perhaps.
Made it to the top of the arch tower which faces the entrance to the river. Best views south of the Alps.
Next stop the cathedral which had a nativity scene rivalling St Brigid's Marrickville but without the train set. We had planned on going to Fatima on a day trip today but it was a step too far and we weren't up to it. The cathedral had to do. We managed to see an archaeological ...