Our somewhat stunned “mug shots” (that we took in Peterborough) that allowed us to get the wonderful Cartão Lisboa Viva. With the Viva card, we are able to travel in all of the urban area of Lisboa, plus a little extra for 32€ (for a month). This includes the Metro and extensive Carris network. It’s a great deal. Plus, we now have Portuguese photo ID! We applied for the cards the day we arrived (Thursday, 3 January) and were able to pick them up the next day. Great service.
Thursday, 10 January 2008
We begin our second week in Lisboa today. And, it was a lovely day – the best we’ve seen so far.
Saturday, 12 January 2008
A beautiful day in Lisboa found us engaged in one of our favourite activities – a picnic in Jardim da Estrela (plus, a walk to Amoreiras). We’ve only had a couple of really nice days since we’ve been here and this was one of them! While waiting for our favourite autocarro (number 74), the reflections you see in a couple of the photographs caught the eye.
Monday, 14 January 2008
Another beautiful January day in Lisboa.
Thursday, 17 January 2008
Today we visited the wonderful Museu Nacional do Azulejo. There are some incredible pieces there, including some more modern ones.
Friday, 18 January 2008
A beautiful day in Lisboa. It was so nice that we decided to take a ferry across the Tejo and back. But, as you can see from the photographs, the weather on the river was not the same as it was in Campo de Ourique! So, we have postponed our ferry ride. The four photographs in this set were taken at 10:18am · 12:43pm · 3:02pm · 5:46pm.
Saturday, 19 January 2008
Sunday, 20 January 2008
Another beautiful day in Lisboa – que bom dia! A lazy Sunday found us having a late morning bica pingada (together with some wonderful sonhos) at Az de Comer before doing a little shopping and then “taking the sun” in the Jardim da Estrela. Then, we enjoyed our traditional Sunday lunch at Stop do Bairro (and had another wonderful meal) before heading out to Belém for no particular reason. It seemed that many Lisboans had the same idea!
Monday, 21 January 2008
An absolutely gorgeous day here – about 20° and that lovely blue Portuguese sky (no clouds that we could see). These conditions lend themselves to “taking the sun” in one of the very many well-appointed parks in Lisboa, which is basically all we did today.
Tuesday, 22 January 2008
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
Friday, 25 January 2008
Saturday, 26 January 2008
These photographs were all taken at O Jaime, a small tasca in Graça. We first stopped in here two years ago, just looking for a late lunch. We did not know about the fado until later. We now endeavour to stop in whenever we are in Lisboa and catch at least one set. The quality of these photographs is not great, because the lighting was very difficult (low and mixed!).
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
Today is our anniversary, and we couldn’t really have had a better one. First, we are in our favourite city. Second, we didn’t really do too much!
Actually, our anniversary celebration began the night before, as we had a night out with our friends Helena and João (originally scheduled for tonight). Drinks at Foxtrot, followed by a very nice dinner at Verde Gaio. The evening seemed to go very quickly and unfortunately we both forgot about photography!
Today we continued our anniversary celebration with a nice picnic in one of our absolutely favourite spots – the Jardim da Estrela. It was a beautiful day here in Lisboa.
Later, we had drinks at Procópio, a very interesting bar quite close to the Praça das Amoreiras. The accompanying photographs were all taken at Procópio (the quality is not great because of extremely low light).
We then caught the Carris #74 autocarro back to our apartment and had a light supper (shrimp-pea pods-mushroom pasta) accompanied by a very nice vinho verde that Helena and João had given us last night. And, we finished off with a nice 10-year tawny port along with some excellent dark chocolate – the house brand from Pingo Doce, which is surprisingly good.
Wednesday, 30 January 2008
Our last full day in Lisboa, which is sad. However, we had a wonderful lunch at our favourite restaurant in this great city. It was a fitting farewell.