Lisbon, Portugal

May 11, 2014 at 9:41 pm Leave a comment

Our next and last place to visit on our amazing trip to Portugal was Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal.  We checked into our delightful Santa Justa Hotel in the Baixa district of Lisbon.  We were greeted by a lovely tray of port and pastries.  During my time in Portugal I learned that I love port, especially Cockburns Special Reserve of which I brought a bottle home with me!

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Port and pastries awaited us at the Santa Justa Hotel

Port and pastries awaited us at the Santa Justa Hotel

Love that port!

Love that port!

We had just enough time to take a quick peek at the surrounding area where people filled the streets that were closed off from traffic and lined with cafes.  We had a nice dinner and fell into bed.

Street outside the Santa Justa Hotel

Street outside the Santa Justa Hotel

On Saturday we started exploring the city.  Lisbon sits on seven hills and there is no rhyme or reason to the streets.  They meander around buildings in no orderly fashion at all.  I think we walked over every one of the seven hills :-).  Well, at least it felt like it!

Cable car heading up a hill in Lisbon

Cable car heading up a hill in Lisbon

The Cathedral

The Cathedral

Steep, narrow road

Steep, narrow road

Buildings with terraces

Building with terraces

Cable cars are a great form of transportation on this hilly city!

Cable cars are a great form of transportation on this hilly city

Donna checking out a cable car

Crazy streets in Lisbon

Crazy streets in Lisbon

Very close to our hotel is the Praca do Comercio, or Commerce Square.  We decided to take a look around and have lunch there.

Archway into Commerce Square

Archway into Commerce Square

Commerce Square was chock-full of people enjoying the beautiful weather at the cafes and the Tagus River.  It’s square is huge and beautiful with the Statue of King Jose 1 right in the center.

Sidewalk cafes in commerce Square

Sidewalk cafe in commerce Square

Lunch at Commerce Square

Lunch at Commerce Square

Statue and arch of Commerce Square

Statue and arch of Commerce Square

People enjoying the beautiful weather on the banks of the Tagus River

People enjoying the beautiful weather on the banks of the Tagus River

White and red sangrias

White and red sangrias

On Sunday we walked to Rossio Square to catch the subway to the Museum Calouste Gulbenkian.

Fountain in Rossio Square

Fountain in Rossio Square

The museum is a collection of Calouse Gulbenkians, a rich Armenian oil tycoon who left it all to Portugal when he died in 1955.  The collection spans the period from 2700 B. C. Egypt to the early 20th century.  Works by Rembrandt, Renoir and Manet are displayed along with countless other exquisite objects.  Here are just a very few items we saw in this huge eclectic collection.

Egyptian tablet

Egyptian tablet

Terra cotta vase ca. 440 B. C.

Terra cotta vase ca. 440 B. C.

The Apocalypse ca. 1265-70

The Apocalypse ca. 1265-70

Gilded and enameled glass vase.  14th century

Gilded and enameled glass vase. 14th century

Portrait of an Old Man, by Rembrandt, 1645

Portrait of an Old Man, by Rembrandt, 1645

Velvet Chasuble, late 16th century

Velvet Chasuble, late 16th century

Gilded silver tureen and stand, 1769-70

Gilded silver tureen and stand, 1769-70

Diana, 1780

Diana, 1780

Portrait of Madame Claude Monet.  Renoir, 1874

Portrait of Madame Claude Monet. Renoir, 1874

Our last evening in Lisbon we rode the Santa Justa lift to see the sights of the city.  It connects the lower streets of the Baixa district with the higher Largo do Carmo (Carmo Square.)  The hills of Lisbon have always presented a problem for accessibility,especially in a time when people were required to move on foot or being pulled by horse.  So in 1900 construction on the lift began.  Today it’s a landmark and a definite tourist attraction of the city.

Santa Justa lift

Santa Justa lift

Terra cotta roofed buildings of Lisbon

Terra cotta roofed buildings of Lisbon

Donna with the moon rising over Lisbon

Donna with the moon rising over Lisbon

 

Rossio Square

Rossio Square

Me with the Castle of St. Jorge in the distance

Me with the Castle of St. Jorge in the distance

To finish the evening we went to the Restaurante Concha D’Ouro for dinner.  Because it was getting a little chilly, we decided to sit inside.  We sat upstairs overlooking the street below.

Every meal in Portugal starts with a couvert.  Each restaurant serves a different variety of breads, butter, cheese, olives, spreads, etc.  You pay for what you eat.

Every meal in Portugal starts with a couvert. Each restaurant serves a different variety of breads, butter, cheese, olives, spreads, etc. You pay for what you eat.

Octopus!

Donna had the Octopus!

Our last dinner in Lisbon

Our last dinner in Lisbon

The next morning we were on our way to the airport and back to the US.

What a wonderful opportunity it was to get to travel to this great country!!!

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