Monday, 22 September 2014

A few days in Lisbon

An old school friend and I spent a few days in Lisbon recently and found it to be a fascinating city. The architecture is amazing, even the buildings that are only shells, hold a certain magic. We found the hop on, hop off buses the best way to see the different areas which was great when the sun shone but not so good on the rainy days, especially when we didn't realise that the seats were wetter than we thought and both had a nasty surprise when we stood up!!
Here are a few highlights from our trip.
Torre de Belem, built in the 16th century in the Manueline style on the banks of the River Tagus.

This amazing Discoveries Monument, a little further east along the river, was built in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of  Henry the Navigator, who led Portugal's discovery expeditions into the New world.

It is in the Belem district that the famous Pastel de Nata (Portuguese egg custard tart) were first made and of course they had to be sampled. I understand that it is compulsory to eat at least two with a bica (coffee).

Several thousands of these tarts are made daily at the Pasteis de Belem where we partook of the delicacies!
Other highlights of our visit were the amazing pavements,
the building art,
a trip to see the palaces of Sintra,

in particular Pena Palace (below),
which had a fascinating courtyard with walls and floor covered in a wide variety of tiles.

Back in the city centre there were wonderful views from the many hills which could be enjoyed from the steps while eating dinner.
Castelo de Sao Jorge can be seen in the distance.

Back home now and preparing for the start of my new courses this week.
Chris was busy while I was away setting up his new blog, do take a look as all comments and feedback would be much appreciated.
Thanks for visiting, I'll be back soon.