Grande Pensao Residencial Alcobia
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... city Lisbon is, we thought as our funicular rattled back down towards our apartment. The feel of the whole place is just so warm and relaxed, some happy Germans took a picture of our feet for us and a jolly Irish lass made us pretend to push the funicular back up the hill.
The only downside we could think of was that we had to fly into Luton the next day. There surely can’t be a more dispiriting destination on an airport departure board than “London, Luton”. ...
... the area, crossing the Straits of Gibraltar in the 8th century. The character of the Alfama district, with its labyrinthine lanes, quiet courtyards, and whitewashed walls, still reflects the Arabic influence of the invaders from northern Africa.
Long after the 12th century Reconquest, when the Moors were driven back from Lisbon by the first king of modern ...
... day when the sun came
out. At least the area where our hotel is doesn’t seem as dodgy now as it did
when we checked in!
Plate du jour: Octopus
Beverage du jour: Lovely bottle of Portuguese red with
Factoid du jour: Portugal’s principle industries are
fishing, tourism, cork and port. Metropolitan Lisbon’s population is about 3 million.
... Salazar had "3 Fs" that he thought described the Portuguese people: fado, futbol, and Fatima. After the dictatorship was overthrown, the new prime minister gave Portugal “4 Es”: education, equality, employment, and the economy.
One of Salazar's Fs still exists today. Fado music is still enjoyed by the Portuguese. Fado is described by Barry Hatton in The Portuguese: A Modern History as a type of music that “narrates life through ...
... private seven hour tour with a great tour guide.
Much of Lisbon is built on a hill, and many of the streets are just narrow stairs. The driver would drop us off at the top and would meet us at the bottom after we walked down, which made it very easy on us.
We had a delicious international lunch, ordering pizza, burger and fries, a Nutella crepe (for me) ...