Thursday, July 2, 2015

Day 3: Walking Tour of Lisbon

Whew. Busy day.

The temps today were a sunny 80ish, but with a breeze so it was really comfortable. We started with a delicious breakfast at the hotel (included with the room, so even better) and then took a walking tour I had booked through Viator. It was an excellent tour, and our guide Rita was delightful. She was funny and knowledgeable, and the handful of other people on the tour were friendly (except for the 20ish daughter of the couple from Tennessee who seldom smiled or made any comments). Chandler and I did begin with a mixup on the meeting location (we went to the wrong monument to begin with, but figured it out and basically ran to get to the right place). The tour lasted close to 4 hours and we covered several kilometers, including hills and stairs. We walked through the various neighborhoods of Lisbon, learning so much about the history. We had a wine tasting paired with meats, cheeses and breads, and we sampled a famous custard pastry originally made by monks. We learned so much about the various groups and leaders that ruled the city, and the various fires and earthquakes (notably the 1755 quake) that literally changed the landscape. I loved today! We decided on an easy dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe (literally a block from our hotel) and then sangria in the park area outside out hotel where a dj was serving up some chill music.

It looks like the Golden Gate Bridge because it was designed by the same guy. 
Tiles are everywhere.
Some original walls that survived the earthquake - my favorite things to see today.

A goat skin stool that I sat on for my wine tasting - it could have been made from Jasper!!!
More surviving walls 
Notice the split in the arch above the door

Old and New

The Train Station

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