As I mentioned after returning, I had a wonderful time on my spring break trip to Portugal. I kind of hit the ground running a couple of days after getting back so the stories and the pictures were put to the side in order to recover from jet lag and go back to work. Almost TWO months have gone by, and I’ve finally finished going through all my pictures. I must say, I was discouraged going through them. Between the unusual rainy weather and my camera giving me fits because it kept shutting down, it was frustrating to go through the photos and not have them look like what I saw with my eyes. Anyhow, here are some highlights…
Lisbon City with the Castle of São Jorge sitting on the hill and the Tagus River in the background. It is a very old city, but much was rebuilt after an earthquake in 1700s which destroyed most of it. Jeronimos Monastery in the Belém parish.
Pastéis de Belém said to have been created by the monks in Jeronimos Monastery. They were all warm and cinnamony – yum! I must point out the smudgy mark my camera left on about half of my pictures in Lisbon.,
Tower of St Vincent, right on the water in Belém.
Many of the walkways have beautiful stone tile work. We were told that at one time, the city needed something for the prisoners to do and so the stone walkways were born. The tile work in Portugal is amazing. Unfortunately, none of my building tile pictures in Lisbon do it justice.
Cafe Nicola in Rossio Square. It’s been around since the 20s. The food was so so, but the location was great for watching people in the square.
Castle of São Jorge – mostly in ruins now, but the views of the city are amazing.
Lisbon is a beautiful city. After a few days (and pretty much our last glimpse of the sun) we headed north to Porto.