Saturday, May 2, 2009


Alfama (Lisbon) view

Ola! Our first full day in Lisbon has been a full one indeed.
First of all, let us say that the weather is perfect. Ever so slightly cool in the morning & evening and perfectly warm in the afternoon with a wonderful breeze.
Today we explored our neighborhood thoroughly. After a terrific breakfast at our hotel we meandered over the Feira da Ladra (the thieves market), which sold everything from antiques to junk. We didn´t buy anything, but it was fun to look around. We then went to two lovely churches, the Sao Vicente de Fora & the Santa Engracia. We then wanked south to the Cathedral called Se and popped in a few other churches that shall remain nameless (because i can't remember what they are called). We had a small lunch on a patio by a church overlooking the water (with a cigar & a mojito) before retiring for a short nap, after which we walked the ramparts at the Castelo de Sao Jorge.

We have just returned to the hotel after watching the sun set over city from a terrific little bar\cafe.
On a side note: my Portuguese is progressing very poorly indeed. I blame exams...and the fact that most people in Lisbon speak perfect English.
Dawn, if you are reading this, the newly sprouted leaves shimmered brightly in the sunshine!
d & b

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