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July 10, 2014
Today we went to Belem. There are a lot of old things to see in this section of Lisbon. Belem is at the mouth of the River Targus, where 500 years ago sailors set sail on 'voyages of discovery.'
First we visited the ‘Mosterio dos Jeronimos.’ This monastery was commissioned by Manuel I in 1501. It is said it was funded by ‘pepper money,’ a tax on spices, precious stones, and ...
... some of the tunnels which had missed out on lighting. I had a great
few hours exploring the gardens, sneaking through a gap in a barrier
and down an incomplete tunnel, where I discovered a small newt of
some description, living in the complete darkness. Among the most
impressive features of the place were the the two so called 'wells',
which were actually more like towers, built inside enormous
well-shafts – again, a written description isn't ...
... It was a great introduction to this uniquely Portuguese music style, very well done and a lot of fun. It turned out our apartment had a great collection of Fado CD's for our enjoyment. It is a form of blues and very emotive stuff.
After that we did finally come to the main square and wandered through the people only shopping district, being Sunday, mostly closed, except for restaurants.
Learning our lesson we decided that a walking tour would ...
... us had missed the first orientation; but, it all worked out in the end as we got orientation from long time convention goers in our group. As of last week, 32,000 people had registered for this convention. More have arrived and plan to register on site, so the number may actually increase. Most of the morning was spend in the area called the House of Fellowship. This is the large area of the convention center that is where the vendors set ...
... tart, a specialty of the pasteleria. In Portugal, pastelerias are a combination of a pastry shop and a coffee shop so you get the best of both worlds. We found a spot in one of the smaller rooms in the back of the building. There were at least 5 sitting areas and you just kept going further and further in to the shop to find tables. There were nice tiles decorating the walls and you could see in to the kitchen where they would make all their treats. Since it was the ...