Residencial O Paradouro
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... electric trams from the turn of the century and pedestrian streets lined with cafes. It is a city situated on 7 hills that gently roll up from a large cove shaped harbour. Despite the hills, it's easy to get around as trams and funiculars will whisk you up to the top. Our rented apartment is in a great part of town, easy to get to almost anything within a very short walk.
One of the highlights was the guided walking tour we did 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!
... and cameras galore. We happened upon many peacocks, two of which strutted with their feathers up. Fantastic. The peahens were not interested by the way.
An early dinner. When we walked in the waitress asked if we wanted lunch or just drinks. It was 5.45. You have to wait until 8.30 at least for dinner.
A great day. We move from this fantastic hotel tomorrow to Porto.
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... da Roca, we got out of the van, passed through the flower-covered hills and were greeted with quite the view. Although pictures couldn't even do it justice, we spent the next 20 minutes trying to "capture" the best picture of us on the "edge" of Europe.. They still don't amount to the real view, but it's the best we could do. After taking in the views for a little longer, we hopped back in the van to head back to Lisbon along the coast. Winding along the coast ...
... as you got the views across the river and the hills behind. Built originally by King Manuel I, it is in the Manueline style and quite ornate. The tide was low when we were there, but the tower would be surrounded by a moat (complete with a drawbridge) at higher tide. The original function of the tower was to be part of a military watch system, to help protect the area, but it was used more recently as a telegraph station and now a museum. I love the architecture! ...