A Little More Lisbon

Trip Start Nov 11, 2007
Trip End Dec 23, 2007

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Friday, November 16, 2007

We had a nice evening last night - stopped at the Ginjinha joint - enroute to dinner at an Italian Restaurant that was packed full of people - inside and out.  The restaurant was huge and we waited maybe 20 minutes for a table - as we were waiting we watched the cooks in the open kitchen - the food all looked so good - homemade pastas - thin brick oven pizza - steaks and seafood.  We were going to have a tough decision ahead of us.  Dinner was great and after dinner....a walk down Prostitute row - some real beauties - and past the hashish dealers and then we wound our way back to the Ginjinha joint for a couple after dinner shots. 
This morning I headed out before Jim - I visited the St. Antao (Anthony/Antonio) Museum and the St. Antao Church - where I went down into the crypt and there was a shrine marking the place of his birth.  St. Antao is the Patron Saint of Lisbon - they are very proud of him and there was even a line of locals waiting to pray to him at his alter in the church.  Next I went across the street to the Se - Cathedral.  Some very nice stained glass and a Santa Ana chapel dedicated to a Portuguese Princess who died as a child.  Outside to the Cloisters where there was some excavation of Roman ruins going on in the courtyard.  Again - I was the only one in the Cloister - amazing how lucky we have been on this trip - beautiful weather and private viewings of all the sites. 
I picked Jim up for more churches, ruins and statues....but it also included lunch - so he was game for it!  We took a funicular up to the Chiado district - right next to where we are staying - but up a very steep hill.  We walked down to Largo do Carmo - we watched the changing of the guards at the headquarters of the National Guard - Jim noticed that their pants were awfully tight...he didn't have much else to notice as he sat on a bench across the street while I explored the ruins of the Convento do Carmo.  November 1, 1755 while many people were at Mass there was a huge 8.9 earthquake and churches and buildings collapsed, a tsumani came up the Tejo River and washed people away, fires broke out all over the city and more than 30,000 people lost their lives.  This church was left with just the walls and arches standing as a reminder of this tragedy.  Again - there were just a couple people inside - and I saw them in the museum - but I had the 'ruins' to myself.  It was wonderful.  The museum - no photos allowed - had very interesting artifacts - sarcophagi, statues, books and most interesting of all were the two mummified children from Chancay, Peru.  I am wondering if these are the same ones that were found about 15 years or so ago.  There wasn't any more information other than where they came from. 
Lunchtime and we had a nice lunch at a local place and that gave us enough energy to finish walking up and down the steep streets of the Chiado.  We stopped for coffee and a Pastel de Nata at a famous coffee shop and then hopped on an old cable car and took a ride up and down the streets - back over to the castle and Alfama district - then returning to our own little Praca do Rossio.
We are getting ready to go and upload this now and then we will be off to dinner and to the Port Wine Institute after that for some Port and a chance for Jim to smoke a cigar inside.  Tomorrow we are off on an overnight trip to Porto - for a closer look at how Port is made and a nice ride up to the Northern part of the country.  Look for the next journal entry Monday.
Have a good weekend.
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5025 on

Where were their pictures??


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