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Published: June 24th 2018
We flew in on TAP from Gatwick to be greeted by at the arrival lounge for our transfer. They were waiting for more so we had half hour to have coffee in the glorious sun and warmth.
Having checked into Hotel Iberostar as booked by our agent we decided to go out rather than nap.
We walked into the park of king Eduardo 2nd, where they have, I think it is the Judas tree with lilac flowers- they look better from a distance with a hazy blue aura, but apart from that there was nothing really attractive.
A festival finished a couple of days ago and there are many small huts still to be cleared.
We did not walk up to that viewpoint because we could see down Avenue da Liberado and we were both tired. Instead we walked down to Marques de Pombal and went into the station to buy our travel cards.
I made a mistake on the automatic pay machine I don't know whether I have bought four cards or two days on two cards. If 2 days it means we can use our cards beyond 5:30 tomorrow evening, I've checked the receipt and that's what it
looks like but maybe 2 people can use a card? Yet another blip in the day. (Follows me entering the wrong postcode for the carpark at Gatwick and lining up almost an hour to check our bags in despite having completed online check in and printed boarding passes!)
As it costs £1.45 a metro ride and £3.70 on the ascensor out of the £12.60 we've paid each we will get our money's worth - [that is if Paul gets out of bed and does something! I've now been up almost 2
We walked down the Avenue Liberado using the phone supplied by the hotel which has Google Maps and internet connection so it saves me using my data. It also has the local transport system loaded and gives instructions in the same way as my phone but with time tables updated by the minute.
The transfer guide said it would take about 15 minutes but the phone predicted 45 and it took us that.
We needed to find a toilet so went into a hotel on that street and I was surprised to find that was black toilet paper. I took a photo but did not have my phone with
Almost half the space of our entire hotel room
me so it was on the mini camera.
I found my fitflops quite slippery on the marble pebbles that are the pavement. When we reached ascensor Gloria we joined the queue to go up to the Viewpoint there. Unfortunately we did not reach it so cannot comment.
We became first in line to take the second one it runs continuously so there was not a long wait. Being first on board I was able to go to the cab and film as we went up the hill. It takes only 2 or 3 minutes. At the top we turned left as instructed by the phone to go to the Time Out Mercado food hall.
Walking down that road it was very narrow with buildings covered in the traditional tiles, azula, next to busy traffic, at least I saw some tiled buildings and took photos of them.
We walked around the outlets to see all the food available and finally Paul decided to have sardines on a bed of vegetables and I had the Croquettes that I'd read about. It was difficult to find a seat but people were very accommodating. Having eaten Paul wanted a beer. We moved to a site area where he cuts ice cream with almonds and I had 2 chocolate truffles.
We used the phone to find about transport back. It showed what the options were and map to walk to the stops. Rather than the metro on which we’d have to change lines we tried buses and eventually got the bus 706 and were able to track it on the map right up to the hotel area. By then it was really cold and the walk back from the bus stop was not comfortable. There were many possibilities of Transport back and with the phone provided by the hotel we'll navigate the city easily.
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