Lisbon is a small city of some 500,000 people. It is easy to get around with a variety of forms of transport. I love the old rattling trams which wind their way up and over the surrounding seven hills. The streets are cobbled, often steep and narrow. It is easy to get lost in the maze.
Yesterday, we did a 4 hour walking tour and learnt a lot more about the history and districts.
It seems inexpensive to us. (Not surprising as there is about 17% unemployment.) Last night a simple dinner, fish and rice, with wine was about $30. A 10 course degustation menu at a 1 star Michelin restaurant is 45 Euro, about $60.
The buildings are in many colours and different states if repair. This all adds to the charm. In the old Alfama district, streets and houses are very narrow. Washing still hangs from the clothes lines between balconies.
Lisbon is arguably one of the pastry capitals of the world! Today we headed to the suburb of Belem where Portuguese tarts originated. Luckily the hills should work off the calories but we will have to be careful! It was a really
great day. There is a World heritage listed site, Jeronimo Monastery which was beautiful. Had a great day! finished off in a local seafood restaurant, Rameiro, had to queue to get in but worth it! Anthony Bourdain of Kitchen Confidential fame has lifted its profile a lot. Dinner for two with wiine was about $80. Fab!
We meet friends from Sweden here tomorrow, pick up our new car and head to Sintra in the country.
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