Archive for December 16, 2006

Lisbon – Day 1

Alan and I arrived in Lisbon on Friday afternoon (8/12). The whole of Portugal had had horrible cold, wet weather for weeks prior to our arrival but we lucked out. There were a few drops on Friday but otherwise it was beautiful blue sky the whole time we were there. It was very cold (around 10-12 C for most of the day) but very nice… Perfect weather for photography!

Like Rome, Lisbon stretches over seven hills. The core of the city spreads over two hills and the valley in between. On one hill is Chiado and Bairro Alto, known for its bohemian nature, while the other hails the Alfama and the nighbourhood of Graça, the only part of the city that survived the earthquake in 1755. The business district is in the valley in between, the Baixa.

We checked in at our hotel and were ready to hit the streets by 1:30 pm. We walked from our hotel (Residencial Florescente) to the Santa Justa elevator but since the line was too long we decided to walk up to Chiado/Bairro Alto in search of a place for lunch. Being a holiday, most of the more traditional restaurants were closed but after a bit of wandering around, we finally came upon a nice place with a menu do dia for 7,50 euros (starter, main course & drink). I A Brasileirahad Bacalhau com nata (Salted cod in cream sauce) and Alan had beef stroganoff. Not bad.

We then walked over to A Brasileira for some coffee and dessert – nice Portuguese custard tarts. The place is supposed to be more expensive than average. Two coffees with milk (garotos) and two custard pies came to a walloping 4.50 euros.

After lunch, we took the tram 28 to its final stop. We waited around a bit, took some pictures of the lovely square at the end, before taking it back to Calçada do Combo, in Bairro Alto.

Bica funicular fountain Bench Street another street

The view from Rua Sta Catarina of the Tejo river and the statue of Cristo Rei across the bay was beautiful. There’s a nice outdoor cafe up there (from where I took the picture below) that looks a perfect place to be in the summer.

View of the bridge

We then walked across the hill to the Mirador da Gloria for a view of the Baixa and the castle. The light was beautiful!!

View of the castle

We walked down the path of the funicular to the hotel, stopping for a Ginginha (cherry licquer).

Ginginha bar

December 16, 2006 at 11:14 pm 2 comments

Me day

Yesterday we awoke to heavy rain and cold. Since I’m still nursing a bit of a cold, I decided to not go to the archives. I slept in for a bit and then called my hairdresser for a much-needed hair cut. After a hair cut and a nice chat about Lisbon with my Portuguese hairdresser, Hugo, I met Alan for lunch at our favourite Lebanese place at Plaça del Sol before heading off to get my nails manicured and my eyebrows plucked. It was nice to just take care of myself for one day…

December 16, 2006 at 4:04 pm Leave a comment


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