I could go on and on with all the details of our delightful 2.5 days of wandering in Lisboa but most of you tell me you prefer the photos and with that in mind, I will keep it down to a minimum of words.
We put more than 15 kms on our feet each of the three days we were there. I’m surprised that James and Marc are still talking to me!!!!! That said, the photos will prove the two of them did not stop smiling the entire time!! We discovered new neighbourhoods, did a little re-exploring in some old haunts and saw so much it was, at times, overwhelming.
The view in one direction from our apartment. Comfortable, ideally located, clean and comfortable.
Lunch to fuel the upcoming walk!!! Don’t they look happy?
James and one of his personal tour guides.
Avenida da Liberdade facing The Marquess of Pombal Square
I love this fountain…….always makes me smile.
Spring is making it’s presence known!
Lisboa is full of wonderful colour and amazing architecture
One of the many street cars going up up up and then up!
A fountain in Praça Dom Pedro IV
I love the colour of this hotel.
The Praça do Comércio
Badness on full display!
A peony tree in full bloom.
Decoration in the entrance way of an apartment building
Given we had just completed a four hour drive from the Algarve to Lisboa, I was pleasantly surprised that folks wanted to walk. It was wonderful to stretch our tired old limbs and after several hours, equally wonderful to head back to the apartment and relax for a couple of hours before heading out for dinner.
Saturday morning we had determined that breakfast out followed by a leisurely walk upward to Castelo São Jorge, a Moorish castle occupying a commanding hilltop overlooking the historic centre of Lisboa, through old winding streets and neighbourhoods, would be a perfect way for James to experience a little of the beauty of this magnificent city…..he loved it as did we.
Can you spot the faux peony????
Climbing the old winding stairway up to CasteloSão Jorge and some of the wonderful wall art we got to enjoy
One of the many church steeples on the climb up.
I want to meet the person who painted this wonderful door.
A view of the Tagus River from the Castelo São Jorge
We spotted this wonderful addition to a building from the Castelo
The Three Stooges.
Just because I loved the colours and shadows
I loved the colour of the clothing against the exterior wall colour.
Does not require a caption!!!!
A statue at the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte..Lookout of our Lady of the Hill.
In the cloisters at Miradouro da Senhora do Monte and the magnificent poinsettia
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte interior ceiling shot.
I loved this statue inside the church atMiradouro da Senhora do Monte
Mister Marc and his Portuguese name.
This was lovely to see, a very old Holy Man being helped down the hillside.
Spotted this wall plaque high up on a building.
I thought this was a clever use of space and colour.
Sardines or tuna anybody????
This old building has been transformed into an amazing inexpensive shop filled with Portuguese products, of quality!
To say we walked until we dropped is not an exaggeration. We had walked just shy of 20 kms (the beauty of wearing a FitBit) and all three of us were sufficiently pooped. We relaxed at home then later went out for our last dinner with James. It was a bit bittersweet as he did not particularly want to head home. Our time together had flown by but what wonderful memories we’ll always have.\
Sunday morning Marc and I had determined we would walk to the Museu Nacional do Azulejo (National Tile Museum). Marc had plotted out a route via Google Maps and turly, what fun we had……..we had never been in this part of Lisboa, which made it a grand adventure for us. A few wrong turns and back-tracking, but we made it and WOW, it was worth it.
A total romantic painted this.
Only in the middle of this city would you find ducks, chickens, rooster, pigeons etc. right in the middle of a park. They were happy with this person who arrived with a bag of stale bread.
Home sweet home
I love this colour…….it matches a spot or two in Marc’s scarf!!
Love the eccentricity of this piece.
Now that’s posture!
Photos don’t cut it but…..these hand made, hand painted tiles from the 16th century are amazing.
Beautiful……hundreds of years old!
Each figure in this massive nativity scene is about 12 inches tall. Handmade and painted terra cotta.
This piece is from 1954…..a year younger than me!!
Quite delicate looking and the detail, exquisite.
These hand made tiles and three dimensional, absolutely gorgeous.
Detail of the last tile photo.
This display was breathtaking and certainly spoke to Marc……who is enamoured with fish these days.
Look at that happy face!!!!
It’s laundry day every day in somebody’s house.
I wouldn’t want to piss her off……..
How beautiful is this find??
And for those of you with a sweet tooth…chocolate sardines???
And so ends my photo essay of this Lisboa trip. Marc and I enjoyed a lovely walk before dinner, a great meal close to the apartment and then a good night sleep……….delighted to know that Pat and Gary Kean would be arriving the next morning.