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Lisbon, Portugal

Day 55, 21 May 2009

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One week today and I’ll be back in “sunny” Brisbane. I’m hearing reports (now we have the Internet back) that two dams are full and a third is 75%. That’s a lot of rain in a few days!
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Sites for today:

  • Se Patriarcal Lisboa – The Cathedral of Lisbon dates back to the 12th century. Behind the cathedral are Roman ruins from the 1st century AD.

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  • Castelo de Sao Jorge (St George’s Castle) – originally built by the Moors, the castle has been, a various times, a royal residence, a theatre, a prison and an arms depot. It has excellent views of Lisbon.

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  • Alfama – the narrow winding hilly pedestrian streets of this quarter are stunning and alive. No map can help in these mazes! I was lucky to have another sunny day to guide me…

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  • Rossio – Lisbon’s main square; once the scene of witch-burnings and bullfights, it’s still very animated (a rally was just starting)

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  • Elevador de Santa Justa – wrought-iron lift commissioned in 1902; I didn’t take this lift to nowhere (I ran out of time)

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  • Belem Tower – an exquisite tower seen when entering and leaving the Lisbon’s harbour/river

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  • Cristo Rei – a huge religious monument also seen from the ship

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Not enough time spent in Lisbon to get a real feel for the place. The people are very friendly and will try to speak English to help. Seems like a lovely city.
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Posted by dpedler 20:37 Archived in Portugal

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