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Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon May 30th 2017

Up and ready to enjoy our first full day in Lisbon. We boarded tram 28 just outside our apartment and headed for Commercial Square to catch another tram to the Belem area of Lisbon. We had a quick breakfast at an outdoor cafe before heading to the long line ups outside the Monastery of Jerónimo. The Monastery is one of the most decorative churches of Portugal. The southern entrance is bounded by a 32 meter high stone portal that incorporates carvings of the saints, complex shaped pinnacles and other decorative features. Inside the spindly columns support massive vaulted ceilings and lead to an ornamental altar. The fine stone detail extends into the monastery, which is to the rear of the church and is centered around a unique two level cloister. After the initial construction of the ... read more
Monastery Jeronimos

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon May 29th 2017

Up early to drop off our home exchange vehicle, which had a scheduled appointment, before arriving at the train station by a car service. We enjoyed a coffee before boarding the train for our 3 1/2 hour trip to Lisbon. Upon our arrival at the Lisbon train station we then wandered up fairly steep cobbled stone streets to our VRBO apartment. Our apartment was on the second floor and had a great view of the famous tram 28 that passes directly below it. The building actually rattles as the tram rumbles by! It is a nice apartment with patio area and we are right in the heart of the historical area of Alfama. After unloading our stuff we headed out to have some lunch. Once lunch was over we were off to the metro station as ... read more
On the walking tour
Pretty square along our tour

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon August 19th 2016

Upon arrival to Lisbon, we took the subway from the airport to Bairo Alto's "Restauradores" station. Metro system is very easy to figure out and boy did we enjoy their comfy seating after 24 hrs of travel :) it's less than 2€ per ride, or you can get a daily pass for 6€ which allows you to hop on any public transportation (metro, bus, tram, elevador) Our first glimpse out of the metro was the Cervejaria Santiago and the cobble stone streets. To get to our apartment, we had to climb up the steep hill by foot, or -to our delight- ride the unique "elevador" that comfortably carries us up the hill. Truly a fun experience. Few steps up after our elevador ride, and we stumble on the "miraduro" (the look out) uncovering a stunning view ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon June 21st 2016

Arrived in Lisbon 9.00a.m. even though we were here in 2013 we were looking forward to our time here again, but took a while to dock as there was another cruise ship in port, eventually got out of the ship around 9.30 and then a few minutes walk to get out of the terminal, and there was beautiful Emanuel waiting for us, with his “I Hate Tourism Tours” sign, a gorgeous 34 year old Portuguese guy who was so passionate about his country, we love this, listening to people who just love their country so much. His Dad was an ambassador and diplomat and he has lived in France, Brussels and Portugal, so he has experienced living abroad. He whisked us away in the 9 seater van with 6 of us on board through the streets ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon June 13th 2016

We arrived in Lisbon by car, we drive our rental car to the airport and turn it in. We read driving in Lisbon is not a good idea. We took a taxi to our hotel, only 10 euros. We walked around looking for a store and a restaurant. We found a small store and bought cereal, milk, water and bananas. We prefer to eat a light breakfast in our room instead of eating out. We are hungry but we had a hard time finding a restaurant open, it was too early only six so we settled on the only place open and it was not great. We were happy to find the hotel had left us a small bottle of 10 year aged port in our room, how nice. This morning we headed to the metro ... read more
Watching Scoccer in Lisbon
A parade for Saint Anthony

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon April 23rd 2016

The sun is out and the temperature is about 18. It doesn't get much nicer than that. Today, we met Paulo, the only Jewish guide in Lisbon. This was planned. Our friends Howard and Becky recommended him. We met him at the Arch, down by the water and he gave us his family's story. He told us about his grandfather trying to get from Poland to Argentina during the war but getting caught up in Italy. He ended up spending the war hiding in a convent. After the war he met his wife and they remained in Italy. where his father was born His father was an engineer and was working in Lisbon which is where he met Paulo's mother. His mother came from a family in Portugal that traced back over 300 years but until ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon April 15th 2016

Twenty four hours have passed since daylight yesterday and as light came up today......nothing much has changed with the weather, just more drizzly rain. We are either going to have to do what we did yesterday and take on Lisbon in the rain or vegetate in the apartment. We waited and eventually as the morning passed the weather did show signs of improving and so we decided to make the drive into the city around 20km away and see what we could achieve by way of sightseeing. If we only did one thing then catching the #28 tram which is essentially a tourist tram would be our aim. As we headed down to the coastal N7 road that would take us into the city the sun started to break through the clouds out to sea and ... read more
War memorial,Lisbon
Spot the bird on the top of the statue
Water fountain

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon April 5th 2016

Lisbon Day #6 The Alfama - the oldest quarter of downtown Lisbon if a tight-knit community where the homes are 500 years old and originally inhabited by the Moors and the Jews. The Alfama is the soul of Lisbon and Fado is their music, sung solo or in groups with the accompaniment of two guitars. We attended a Lisbon by Night Fado Dinner and Show last night that our travel agent had booked us in a great big restaurant called Pateo de Alfama. We were the second to arrive at 8:00 and were seated at the front edge of the stage. Within 30 minutes the restaurant filled with another 30 people from France sitting on the stage behind us, and 120 at long tables in the main level. There was also another room in the lower ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon April 5th 2016

Lisbon Day #7 We took a ferry across the Tagus to the Almada district. The river is about as wide as SF bay and so they have 4 different ferry lines that leave from Lisbon to go to the southern suburbs. We walked along the river in a derelict river walk where people were fishing and came up to a public elevator that takes you up 15 stories to an overlook restaurant. We have some wonderful videos. Tomorrow we sadly leave Lisbon after a week here. What a remarkable city. We go by high speed rail to Porto in the morning. It’s in the north and is Portugal’s second largest city. It’s supposed to be the Portland of Portugal right now, it was down and almost out but is coming back but still grungy. We’ll see. ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon March 31st 2016

This will be short because I wrote so much yesterday. I'm blown away, Lisbon is awesome. We spent from 11:15 - 7:15 out in the city. It has the energy of New York and the beauty of Barcelona, and I'm not going to say any more tonight because we're going to another beautiful place tomorrow (Sintra) and I need to rest.... read more

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