Lisboa - Day 3
Trip Start Apr 01, 2009
70Trip End Jul 13, 2009
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Today I woke up to a beautiful Lisbon day. I decided to head towards the Belem area where I had been the night before on the night tour. I began my day by walking some of the way to Belem to check out the neighborhood along the way. I stopped into a small shop to pick up some apples to tide my hunger over until lunch. The small markets in Lisbon are really cool! Most are filled with dried fish, meats, and fresh fruits. After my short stop, I took one of the many street cars for a quick 10 minute trip Belem.
The first stop I made was the Jeronimos Monastery (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisbon_Cathedral). The cathedral is the most beautiful cathedral I have been in so far! The reason the Cathedral stood out to me is because of the wonderful architecture. The church incorporates many aspects of the Age of Discovery. The ceiling of the cathedral is lined with carved stone resembling sailing knots and rope. The Cathedral also houses the tomb of the explorer Vasco De Gama!
After touring the Cathedral, it began to sprinkle, so I stopped back into the Pasteis de Belem pastry shop for a cappuccino and some Pasteis. After my sugar fix, I cruised across the street to the Monument to the Discoveries, which was built in 1960 to recognize all the important figures who participated in the development of the Age of Discovery. After snapping a few photos, I headed down the boardwalk to the magnificent Tower of Belem, which was built to protect the Lisbon harbor from pirates and invaders. After snapping some photos, it began to rain pretty hard, so I headed back to the hostel to wait the rain out and grab a bite to eat.
For dinner, I went out with two guys from my hostel to Alicorista where my favorite waiter recommended and excellent cod dish, which is a staple in Portugal. After filling up on a wonderful Portuguese meal we headed back to the hostel to meet up with some friends to check out the excellent night life in the Barrio Alto neighborhood! After a few drinks, we came back to the hostel to hang out. I met some really nice travelers from Germany, Tim and Axel, who recommended some sights to see in Europe. After staying up chatting and drinking a few Portuguese Super Bock beers, it was time to hit the sack.