Little things to notice in Lisbon, Lisbon
One of the traditional liquors in Potugal, is Ginjinha, made from a sort of cherry. The most famous (and the best) is the one from Alcobaca, but tradition shows it being drunk in Obidos and in central Lisboa, specially in S. Domingos square, R. Portas de S. Antão or near the Parque Mayer.
But a secret known only by locals is a cheap long drink in a very small bar in Restauradores - O Pirata. It's a secret that seems to be made with Port wine, and has two varieties: Pirata and Perna de Pau, this one my favourite.
Look for the entrance at left of Eden building (Virgin).
This small shop is located in São Domingos Square (Largo de São Domingos) close to Rossio. They sell this sweet drink that nobody should miss when visiting Lisbon. I'm just gonna write here what is written at the entrance and it's possible to see in the picture:
"A Ginjinha do Largo de São Domingos, owned by a Galician, named Espinheira, was the first shop in Lisboa to sell the beverage after which it is named and soon became one of the city's ex-libris. Advised by a friar of the Church of Santo Antonio, Espinheira made the experiment of letting cherries ferment in brandy, adding sugar, water and cinnamon. Success was immediate, both because it was sweet and it was inexpensive, and the Ginjinha became the typical beverage of Lisboa"
Just don't miss it!!!
Lisbon's tropical garden is easy to miss, hidden behind a gate to the right of Jeronimos Monastery. Most visitors must be too busy taking a look at and snapping pictures of the monastery, that they overlook the tall plam trees behind that gate. But it is a very nice place not only to rest for a while, but also to see some exotic trees and plants from around the world. They are all labeled so it is also a good learning experience. Most of them come from the former Portuguese colonies on the 5 continents. There are also little ponds a fowl wandering around.
The city's pelourinho is located right in the middle of Praça do Municipio in front of the City Hall.
National monument, the pillory is, as it is all over the country, a symbol of the municipality's authorithy. This pillory, built by the end of the 18th century, is one of the most beautiful in Portugal. Nevertheless it doesn't mean that the city's authonomy is from so later times...
The old pelourinho, with unknown aspect, during the manuelin period, knew its end with the earthquake of 1755.
tBtw, this is my first time of riding a cable Car! Shame on me.
But, its worth the experience..you could see the city very clearly, and most of the beautiful pictures I took of the city came from the height inside the cable car.
I paid about eight euros for a double trip.
Dominated by the beautiful palace of the Spanish Embassy, this square, abandoned for a long time, became an important centre to travel in and around Lisbon. Most of the buses to cross the river and to the coast, depart from there. Furthermore, it's at walking distance from Campo Pequeno and the top of Eduardo VII park, with Gulbenkian Museum and Lisbon's mosque in each way.
In the centre of the square, an arch belonging to the old aqueduct of "Águas Livres" and that has been dismantled to enlarge one street, is out of context but embellishing the square.
Well, not quite a view..but the public toilet outside the Se cathedral does have some rather interesting ancient remains exposed inside it. It's also very clean and pleasant.
I revisited in 2014 (this tip dates from 2009) and it is still equally clean and equally pleasant, although the lady in charge is somewhat more insistent about her tip. Fair enough...she does keep the loos lovely.
It's perhaps worth a quick stop just to look at the archaeology? :-)
I think it is always useful to know where there are public toilets are. I found others at Cais do Sodre station (also very clean but now costing 50 euro cents) and inside the Convento del Carmen.
Around central Lisbon, the old quarters developed themselves with precarious, narrow and windy streets, giving access to also precarious habitations.
With the development of town, the precarious habitations gave place to stable buildings, but most of the old streets were kept, under the name of "azinhaga".
They are disappearing, but, here and there they still may be seen, sometimes providing unusual views in a modern and quickly growing town.
Each town has its touristy places where visitors dispute each view and detail, and the inner places “reserved” for locals, where tourists only go when… lost.
This is one of those places, but a charming one: beautiful buildings surrounding the garden, calm, tranquillity, history, tradition, not far from the centre… It's not difficult to get lost that far...
We saw these fountains while walking around Oriente Station.Julz(barbskie) was so amused that we had to wait til' the fountain "erupted" again and again and again...if you're just walking without knowing that the fountain will suddenly "erupt" ,you'll get a fright;) and probably get wet! But it was amusing!
I did like the various bits and pieces of modern artwork I noticed dotted about the city.
The rather insect-like red things are in the Praca do Municipio.
The wonderful rag-doll attached to scaffolding on a building being renovated is (I think) at the Cais do Sodre end of Rua do Alecrim.
I saw lots more bits and pieces as I wandered.....permanent and temporary........and they really do add to the city 'feel'.
Keep your eyes open.......
Everyone visits and photographs with Pessoa's statue outside the famous cafe "A Brasileira", at Rua de Garett. But those who adore him, like I do, might want to see where he actually lived and the little restaurant he frequented...It is in Rua dos Douradores, down Praca Figuiera
Not so visited as its neighbor Alfama, this quarter still has its attractive look, sharing most of the characteristics, and giving a perfect look of Lisbon.
A few interesting monuments enhance this quarter's interest.
Lisbon earthquake, in 1755, destroyed the original church, built in 1556. Ten years after the earthquake, Marquês de Pombal ordered the reconstruction, with a new architecture, according Pombal patterns.
It's free to visit, in Victoria street, crossing the main avenues of central Lisbon.
Yes, fossils.....not really what one expects to find in a city.
But some of the stone used for the ancient walls, particularly in the Alfama district, is sandstone..........and a type of sandstone stuffed with shell fossils.
A little thing indeed, but it pleased me to see it. It may please you as well, should you spot them.