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- Rua do Arsenal, 15 (main pic)
- Rua Augusta (second pic)
- praça dos Restauradores (third pic)
- Airport (arrivals)
- Praça do Comércio
- Jerónimos Monastery/Tower of Belem area
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Visit Belem, we left it till...
Visit Belem, we left it till quite late in the afternoon and hopped on one of the trams, which were fabulous..the journey takes you past the statue like the one in Rio De Janeiro spolied only by the huge Solero advert unfurling down it.
Belem has a huge monastary, a lovely modern culture centre and best of all Belem CAKES. It would be wrong to suggest that they are just like custard tarts, they have a lot more flavour than that, perhaps it would be truer to say that they taste a little like Creme Brulee in a tart. I love arriving in new places. Lisbon was no different, we arrived and realised this was the first time we had had to manage on our own with no knowledge of Portugese and no idea where the station was in relation to the city and so the adventure began with two contrasts
We decided to have our usual late lunch (at around 4pm) and took our lives in our hand crossing the road from the station to right beseide the sea, there relatively in the middle of nowhere was an oasis of calm, a trendy 'house stuff' shop with a beautiful restaurant playing jazz music. Although noone with any sense sits outside in the sun, being northerners that is precisely what we did, the only people out on the deck surrounded by mahogany coloured table and sea coloured umbrellas..inside there seemed to be few more people, just a cleaner pottering around. We had a lovely healthy sald, with no fish in sight and gazed out to sea feeling very surreal.
This was to be contrasted by the scene about half an hour later when, back at the station we were attempting to book a place to stay, calling up places and speaking atrocious pigeon portugese, we hung up at one point because someone actually answered back and we didn't have a scooby what was going on! Eventually booked the place mentioned below, I now understand the reason they wanted us to hurry was because they would happily have given the room away if we didn't get our backsides in gear!
MONUMENT TO THE DISCOVERIES
Located in Belem, on the banks of the River Tagus MONUMENT TO THE DISCOVERIES or Padrao dos Descobrimentos was inaugurated in 1960 to celebrate the 500 year anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator. Designed in the shape of a ship's bow, showing Henry at the prow holding a small replica of a ship. Immediately behind Henry are Manuel I and the poet Luis de Camoes. As well, many other heroes of Portuguese history are depicted - Vasco da Gama - Pedro Alvares Cabral - Fernao Magalhaes and many others.
The massive monument is impressive with its over 50 meters height. You can access the top by the elevator located inside the monument. The front entrance is shaped like a huge sword.
On the pavement in front of the monument is a large mosaic world map.
Have a drink at Solar do Vinho do Porto
I've never seen a wine list with so much different portwines. In a stylish ambiance you can enjoy a perfect glass of port, in a variety from cheap till very expensive.
I enjoyed a glass of Vintage port for 6 euros.
You can also buy bottles for home here.
Adress: Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara 45
Open mo-sa from 11.00 till 24.00
Most of portuguese are...
Most of portuguese are catholic, even though not very rigoursly, it's still dificult, speacially for older people, but not only, to understand gays, or even people who dress really diferently, have piercings... but still you'll find loads of nice colourfull people in Lisbon or Porto. :))