Spreading across hills on the...
Spreading across hills on the north bank of the Tagus estuary, the city is proud of its days of glory during the Age of Discovery, as can be seen in such monuments as the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, a magnificent monastery from the 16th century, or the Torre de Belém, a tower built as a fortress near the river Tagus that became a symbol of the Portuguese era of expansion.
Many other historic monuments and museums are worth visiting, such as the Castelo de São Jorge (once a Moorish castle with superb views over the city), the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (a national art collection within a 17th century palace), the Cathedral and churches such as São Vicente de Fora.
Old and fascinating quarters with picturesque houses and narrow streets, such as Alfama and Bairro Alto, now exhibit fashionable restaurants and bars or the fado houses, where this typical music of Lisbon is sung acompanied by guitars.
More modern developments, such as the Centro Cultural de Belém (featuring concerts, shows and exhibitions) or the grounds where the Expo´98 was held, with a gigantic aquarium, illustrate new tendencies in architecture and entertainment. The weather: in Lisbon, there is almost days of sunshine, contrary to many european cities.
The invented city
In the place where the last World Exposition of the 20th Century took place it was built a new city inside the city called Parque das Nações. It's a place for walking, relaxing, and even for shopping.
The theme of the Expo'98 was "The Oceans: A Heritage for the Future" so every construction is related to it.
Martin Moniz square
The brand new square, Martim Moniz, faces the Hotel Mundial. It has underground parking space.
The end stop of that magnificent old tram number 28 is at this square, but if you want to start the tour you will have to cross the square and go to the opposite site of it.
There is the start stop of the tram.
You cannot just stay on it while it makes the 100 meter tour around the square from end to start. That was funny. One evening we took a bottle of Porto with us and sat at the square.
An aged local came walking by... bit tipsy, and we shared the bottle with him.
He only knew Portuguese and we didn't, but still we had a lot of fun.
It was full moon over the Castelo de Sao Jorge and we sang together of When the moon struck your eye like a big pizza pie.
It just was fun.
The tourist board in Lisbon has followed Paris's lead by displaying information at key sights around the city. The design of the panels is remarkably similar to those in Paris. In fact, Lisbon has gone better as the information is in English as well as Portugese.
We happened to be in Lisbon when the Lisbon Marathon was being run. It was a lovely morning for it, at least it was for watching it. The route took the runners down the seafront, finishing in the Praca de Comercio. It looked very good, though we didn't stay to see them finish as we were off to Sintra for the day. We saw some of the half marathoners finish though.