Published: June 6th 2010June 6th 2010
View of Lisbon from the top of Castelo Sao Jorge
My apologies for the 2+ week hiadus. Turns out keep up with blogs in Europe is harder than expected. Guess it just means we're having a great time.
So Amit and I got into Lisbon (from Madrid) rather eary in the morning after a night train. We upgraded to the bed from a train seat and it was well worth it. I think the first thing Amit and I noticed about Lisbon was that it was much smaller than anticipated. Maybe it had to do with the fact that Madrid was our last stop, but the city just seemed small for a capital. Also- there is no such thing as flat ground. The city is filled with peaks and valleys...like on the side of a mountain. Its funny because you think you are right beside a spot you want to check out, but little do you know there are 2 dips and hills to climb before you get there.
On our first day we walked to what seemed like the top of the city to see a castle..."Castelo de Sao Jorge". It was a fairly well upkept place and provided some great views of the city
Outside of the castle
and coast line. We then walked down to the waterfront, stopping at various cathedrals and churches. We found that there actually weren't any streets that went straight, but they all seemed to zigzag around down, eventually leading us to the water. Other than that, we walked through some of the main squares..."Praca do Commercio" and "Praca do Figuera".
The next day we took a train to Porto and spent some time wandering by the waterfront there as well. We checked out their main cathedral..."Se Cathedral" and the various bridges that were built to cross the water. It was quite interesting because Pope Benedict had recently visited Porto and Lisbon, so the streets had banners all over the place comemerating the date. That night we found a place to eat by the water and went about our usual business of taking night photos.
On day 3 we took a boat tour of the coastline and tried some port wine at a restaurant nearby. I'm not a wine guy at all, but this wine was in a nasty league of its own. I don't think either of us finished the glass...haha. After that we checked back into Lisbon and did
Castelo Sao Jorge1
a lot of wandering (including another boat tour).
One of the best parts of our stay in Lisbon had to be our hostel. It had a great lounge, and we found it easy to just sit down on the couch and meet/talk to people all night. We met a group of people (mostly french canadiens and 1 american) who streamed game 1 of MTL and PHI. It was an unfortunate result, but it was nice to be Canadian for a night.
Anyways, I am doing my best to catch up on blogs etc. I am currently spending my last day here in Venice. Then I'm off to Milan for 3 nights. After that, I will be in Interlaken for 3 nights doing some extreme sports.
I hope everyone is doing well. Feel free to send me an update of what your up to.
There are more photos below