After that we decided to go to the Gulbenkian Museum, which Rick Steves says is the best of Lisbon's 40 museums. Calouste Gulbenkian was an American oil tycoon who gave Portugal his art collection
. His gift was an act of gratitude for the hospitable asylum granted him during WWII (he lived in Lisbon from 1942 until his death in 1955). "His collection, spanning 5,000 years and housed in a classy modern building, offers the most purely enjoyable museum experience in Iberia - it's both educational and just plain beautiful. There are just a few select and exquisite works from each epoch". And it was free on Sunday! We got lost getting there, but ended up in the gardens of the museum grounds which wasn't a bad thing. There were some really beautiful things - the most amazing to me was an oriental embroidery piece of birds, about 8' x 8', the detail is awesome. Armando loved the inlaid wood furniture from the 17th century - some really really beautiful pieces.
After that we walked a long way back to our hotel. Later we went back downtown, walked around and finally had our last supper which was the best dinner ever - grilled swordfish and grilled salmon. Yum yum!!!! When we get home, Armando will have to learn how to do this. This is the best fish I've ever eaten!!!
Now it's pack up and go home tomorrow. Does anyone have any idea how to have a wonderful vacation in Europe without the long boring plane ride home. And living in Memphis, you can't get from there to anywhere, we will go to Paris, Minneapolis and finally home. The Crazy Travelers are now really reallyTired Travelers and ready to go home. We miss our friends, our cat, our bed, my quilting, Armando's golfing.
It was supposed to rain today, but we woke up to sunshine. We went to Palm Sunday Mass at the church of Santo Domingo - this was the church that we had photos of earlier, that was partly destroyed in the 1755 earthquake, but the roof was rebuilt and the inside was left partly ruined to remind what nature can do. Instead of giving each person a palm leaf like at home, here they sell bouquets - palm leaves, a flower and what looked like sage or laurel leaves. The main aisle of the church was decorated with palm leaves arched over the aisle. When mass started, the procession was with the priest and altar servers followed by many parishioners who processed in after. It was a really nice service, except of course we couldn't understand a word of it.