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May 17th 2013
Published: May 17th 2013
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Ola Lisbon!

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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17th May 2013

The Maritime Museum is a wonderful insight into the maritime history and power in the past. The walk along the waterfront wonderful beautiful place great trams up those steep hills. The countryside is wonderful people very friendly and quite cosmopolitan. Pastries delicious. Enjoy! Jane
18th May 2013

I have put Lisbon on my bucket list. Looks fantastic. Glad the trip is going well. Hope the weather warms up for you. Enjoy xx
18th May 2013

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Hi there travellers....I LOVE the blogs...and wish I was with you. Turkey looked glorious and all those names and photos made me so happy!!! Glad you loved it! Am certainly looking forward to seeing Portugal...pave the way and get tghe best route and accom. ideas for us!!!! Keep them coming...love jen and stephen
18th May 2013

Love the blog
Those prawns look fantastic. are you picking up new ideas for a tapas night! Enjoy x
19th May 2013

Love the architecture! And the people. Mwahhhh.

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