Lisbon, she is a beautiful city

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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The city of Lisbon

Flag of Portugal  , Lisbon,
Sunday, June 24, 2012

LISBON-- population close to 600,000 , a city of steep hills, grand plazas,steep hills bright houses, steep hills and lots of narrow, winding alleys. Oh did I mention steep hills. Lisbon is warm and steeped in sunshine. Add to all this , swirly turrets, ivory white domes and grand statues and you have a beautiful and exciting city which I am sure is under appreciated. Lisbon is no superficial beauty, she is a twilight  zone between past and future. Trams screech through the narrow cobbled streets and Afro Brazilian beats pulsate in the graffiti slashed Bairro Alto district. Neither time or trend obsessed, Portugal's capital is refreshingly authentic.
We caught the bus to the ferry depot and the ferry to Belem which is approx 6 km from the city. This in itself is a very beautiful district to wander through. The area is well know ( so we heard ) for its custard tarts. We did not try any, mainly because we did not find the place where they were supposed to be originated from. One thing we did see was dozens of old Citroen cars , they all drove to this lovely square in front of the Museum. A great site to see. We did intend to go into the museum but the queue was too long and we wanted to catch the tram to Lisbon. Having done that we soon organised ourselves on a hop on hop off bus tour. Great way to get orientated and see most of the sights. The temperature went up to 37 degrees but we braved the sun on the first leg of our tour because you see everything so much better. Hopped off in one of the many town plazas and walked through the mall. A lovely walk with lots of restaurants and beautiful buildings to see. Stopped and had a cold drink and the best toasted sandwich we had for a long time. feeling refreshed it was time to hop on the bus again and do the second tour which was fantastic and also brought us back to where we had to catch the ferry home.  Lisbon is different, not like the usual busy capital cities. Life still goes at a slower pace as well. On one of our trips we had to slow down because a religious procession was in front of us. Lots of banners, men in long white frocks and people singing. It made us stop, but was good to see. Also in that narrow street there were lots of units ( of the older type ) and people leaning over their very narrow balconies to look at the procession. The whole scene was just so special.
Time to call it a day, we left home at 9am and arrived back at 6pm, could have been sooner but we missed our bus stop and went a little too far so had to stay on the bus until it went back again. All part of the fun.
A very enjoyable day today.  thank you Lisbon.
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