Monday 25th July 2005
Just off to dinner with a few fellow 'busaboutees'
I am having traditional Portuguese
piri-piri chicken (just like Nandos, Brett)
Lisbon was pretty cool.
I spent the whole first night on the net sending pictures which you have now seen.
We got in during the morning
and did the walking tour recommended to us on the bus by the guide.
It was excellent and the only people on the tour were from my Busabout bus.
I learnt a lot.
A very famous tiling design,
which is also at the Copa Cabana Beach in Brazil, is the 'wave
effect' and it was everywhere.
There was a big earthquake in Lisbon in 1755 followed by a tsunami which destroyed most of the city.
Even still, most of the new stuff is still older than Australia!!
We were told that cherry brandy is famous in Lisbon so we stopped and had some - it was really good too!!
We took a funicular up into the Fada Bar/Club district which looked very derelict but apparently came alive at night.
Then to the cultural area which
has a lot of theatres.
We stopped there for coffee and I had my first Portugese custard tart.
I had many over the course of the next two days!!
We went down to the waterfront
and saw the bridge that we had driven over on our way in.
At the time I had thought it was the longest bridge I had ever been over - it just went on and on and on!!
It turns out that it is the second longest bridge in Europe.
We then headed into the Alfama
It was very funky.
Lots of little windy streets.
There were some very short
Apparently the Portugese race used to be a bit shorter on the whole so the doors were "Tanya size"!!
I got a photo of me in one.
A lot of the houses in these areas have no plumbing and there are still public bath houses that the residents use - that's not really my cup of tea but there you go.
There was a lot of tiling on
the outside of the buildings too.
I really liked it and got lots of pics but the boys just said that they looked like toilets - typical!!
The tour finished at the Castle
but we didnt go in - there was a beer fest on there and we planned
to hit that tomorrow night.
Then me and Chris and Libby and Alison and Wes headed off to a big shopping centre.
I wasn't all that fussed on it but it was okay.
We had planned piri piri chicken
for dinner and then to go up to the Fado district again to listen
to some music so the five of us, plus Des and Kate who met us,
went to a restaurant that had been recommended to us by our walking
tour guide, Pedro.
It was great - so yummy again!!
We then had more tarts for desert followed by more cherry brandy!!
We headed to the Fado district
but had to head past the post office.
We popped in to get some stamps and then I spied it - an envelope vending machine!!
Mum would have loved it.
So of course there is a photo for her to take to her next staff meeting and suggest it as a new direction or something like that!
Anyway, off to the Fado bar.
I really liked it.
The boys weren't all that fussed but I really enjoyed it.
Different to the vibracy of the flamenco but still as heartfelt.
The people that sang were old and the songs were sad but being in the area of Lisbon that we were in, it was very moving for me.
Up early the next morning for the trip to the Belem area and the Monastery.
I met Des and we headed off, getting another tart along the way!!
There were two watch towers on the water that we planned on visiting.
The first was Padrao dos Descobrimentos.
It seemed quite new and the statues on the side of it were huge.
When you see the photo of me you will see how big it is cause I am on the statue-man's foot!!
You could climb up the top and we were able to get some great shots from up there.
Next stop was Torre de Belem
and it was a mini castle and my favourite of the two.
A old tall ship went by while we were up there and I was able to get some pretty good shots.
Then to the Monastery.
The church bit was okay but my fave spot was the cloister.
It was calm and quiet and very relaxing.
We got another tart and I wrote in my journal in the park while Des wandered around.
Then Me and Des and Glen and
Alison and Chris and Wes and Libby headed up to the Castle for
the beer festival - but it rained!!
We got some pics in the there but then headed back pretty soon.
There was a bar in the hotel so we had a few drinks there before bed.
We were back to Madrid tomorrow.