Casa De Sao Mamede
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... sit at the base of the historic hilltop castle of St George.
The rest of the city is 18th Century design, having been rebuilt after the destructive earthquake and Tsunami of 1755. The city burnt for a week. We were amazed to find that the Tejo River still runs under some of the buildings. Many of the foundations are made from timber to counteract the actions of earthquakes.
We proceeded along the river front into ...
Woke to a decided change in the weather. Grey skies!! The sail into Lisbon very impressive as we sailed up the River Tagus and the berth once again was right in the city with views up the hillside. Sailed under the Tagus bridge which is modelled on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Git on the shuttle to the city centre and as the weather was still dull and a bit drizzly bought tickets for the big yellow hop on hop off bus. ...
Here we go. Our last port of call on the world cruise. Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. I have actually been here about 3 times prior to this so I won't go into detail about the city itself. I went to Starbucks, did the whole coffee and WiFi malarkey. It actually felt amazing to be in Europe.
Me and Josh sat outside a little restaurant on the ...
Something I stumbled upon by accident was Condes Castro Guimaraes. An amazing old castle. At high tide the south eastern side becomes one with the ocean. Its interior is amazing. A library with 25,000 books and many works of art. ...
... his way back to Europe after discovering the New World. Many of the others we had not heard of although they may have been brought up in our history classes a few years ago. Of interest was Henry the Navigator who was described at length in the museum of the structure. He was a very wealthy influential Portuguese noble who promoted exploration amongst other things. We do not think he actually participated in exploration activities.