Lisboa, Portugal January 18, 2022 to March 16, 2022 (new photos at the bottom)
Updated: Mar 18, 2022
Our photos from beautiful, sunny, Lisbon!
Praca do Comercio
Day trip to Castelo de Sao Jorge
Churches (and some former churches, like the Tile Museum)
Our neighborhood - in the Biarro Alto, near Praca Luis de Camoes, is known for historic poets, bookstores, and deep thinkers.
Our Airbnb home, on the Rua das Gaveas near Praca Luis de Camoes
Discovering El Corte Ingles (a really big department store) Paul wondered, where can I find a hair trimmer? That tangerine liqueur we've been reading about? Kim wondered, where can I get a nice thin sweater (Paul says, "Oh, get 2!")? The answer? El Corte Ingles!
A beautiful day in Belem. It was sunny and 70 degrees F. First, a stop at the famous pastry shop that created the original Pastel de Nata. Having eaten a lot of these, we found these crisp, warm, less sweet (a good thing) and a little more eggy. Quite delicious.
Next stop, the Igreja de Santa Maria de Belem, part of the Jeronimos Monastery.
Next a walk along the river, which is very close here to where the Tagus River (Rio Tejo) flows into the ocean. You can see the bridge from the other side, looking back toward the center of Lisbon. Also along this walk is the Monument to Discovery, old lighthouse, and Belem Tower (16th century).
Final stop in Belem: Museu Colaceo Berardo, home to modern and contemporary art. Took a few snapshots of the Dada and post-Dada art there!
Wanderings on a Saturday afternoon, end of February
Luiz de Camoes library
We really enjoyed walking inside this library, located in a very old building but serving a local clientele.
The Parque metro stop has the history of Lisbon in tiles
In the neighborhood, I needed a tuner for my uke....
At the Fado Museum. Fado is food for the soul.
Beautiful, sunny day - perfect day for a trip to Cascais, a town on the shore where the Tejo River opens into the ocean. Known for beautiful beaches and fresh seafood. We boarded a train in Lisbon, Cais de Sodre station, moving toward Cascais.
Once we were in Cascais, we had a brunch at the Queen's Beach. The seafood bisque was especially good!
Then we took a walk through town, to the marina, past a castle wall, to the lighthouse and to an ocean phenomenon called "Boca do Inferno" (Hell's Mouth)
Walking back, we stopped behind the castle wall for a drink before walking back to town.
Finally, we walked the promenade along the water, into Estoril where we caught the train back. Our final photo is the Casino Estoril, which inspired Casino Royale and the beginning of the James Bond series.
It was a joy to have our son and daughter-in-law visit us near the end of our visit. On the agenda: our third visit to St. Jorge's Castle, although it started raining, so mostly just a few pics of the peacocks Maggie took. A nice day trip to MAAT (Museaum of Art, Architecture, Technology) then an evening of Fado music. It's hard to believe we're leaving in a few days.
We saw an archeology site in downtown LIsbon, under a bank. Núcleo Arqueológico da Rua dos Correeiros (Fundação Millennium BCP). There were artifacts from Phoenician, Roman, Muslim and Christian civilizations. I love imagining how individuals from each time lived in that space. For me it enriches my sense of historical place and gives me perspective.
Paul and I took the ferry across the Tejo River to Setubal. They are known for lovely views of Lisbon from across the river and fresh seafood.