Second day in Lisbon
Trip Start Sep 08, 2009
35Trip End Nov 24, 2009
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Where I stayed
Hotel Residencial João XXI
When we got to the Oceanarium, we had lunch at a café outside the building (officially the best food I’ve had on this trip yet and it was just a tomato and mozzarella sandwich! The food in Spain was bad compared to what we’ve had in Portugal so far). We then went inside the Oceanarium to see all the cool sea creatures. We ended up spending hours in there! It was such a cool aquarium. We were mesmerized by the big tank with the sharks, fish, and sting rays. The pictures may explain it.
We took a metro back into the main part of downtown Lisbon and set out on a mission to get to Sao Jorge Castelo (St. George’s Castle). We could see it high above the city from where we were walking so we just started walking up. And up. And up. Through cobble stone streets, residential areas, long flights of stairs, etc… The sun was setting so we started hurrying as fast as we could go upwards so we could make it into the castle before closing time. We had to ask a couple locals for directions because once we got to a certain point, we couldn’t see the castle from behind all the other buildings so even though we knew it was further up, we couldn’t tell which direction we were heading anymore. Two Portuguese girls pointed us in the right direction and then we finally made it
When we got whistled at (by a real whistle) at closing time, we wandered down a winding road back to the main part of town. We ended up stumbling across the Lisbon Cathedral (the oldest building in Lisbon) and took a few pictures of the outside since visiting hours were over. We got to Rossio Square (a main area in the town) and went into the train station to check on times and the cost for our day trip to Sintra. We then wandered around some more, looking at the cool shops, restaurants, and all sorts of foreign people. That area is a big hotel district so there were a bunch of tourists everywhere. One thing we noticed while doing all the walking today and yesterday is that every sidewalk in Lisbon is the same- they’re all made up of little cobblestones. We were wondering if it was possible to wear stiletto heels and not either break your ankle or heel of your shoe. Thinking back, we have not seen one woman wearing stiletto heels here yet- they’ve all been platforms, wedges, or flats. Another thing we’ve noticed over the past few days is that so many women wear white pants and white shirts- it’s mostly younger girls
We took the metro back to our hotel (before getting some dinner to take home for only 2 euros) and that is where we are now. Andre is watching the Federer vs. Del Potro tennis match (I just saw Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale in the audience!) and I am picking pictures for our blog and writing it of course. We still need to decide whether we’re going on a day trip to Sintra, Portugal tomorrow then heading on to Seville, Spain tomorrow evening or if we want to spend another day in Lisbon and then push everything else back a day. I have a feeling we’ll spend another day in Lisbon because we both really like it a lot. It’s been our favorite place so far. The people here seem really friendly and helpful (and speak really good English), the streets and subways seem much safer, and there is more that we want to do here. We’ll see though… it all depends on whether we can get another night or two in this hotel and the train schedule and stuff like that. All for now!
Hello everyone! The aquarium was great; it was huge and it’s in this new-looking part of Lisbon near the water (kind of like a little Puget Sound). I was excited to get to see a sun fish (or mola mola). It was huge and his face looked like a fat third grader. You get a really good feeling walking around all the different neighborhoods of Lisbon and we are gonna stay and explore some more. Hope everyone is doing well. I’m watching the U.S. Open Final right now hoping that Federer can pull it out.