Another transit day, from Abrantes to Nazaré. Very nice drive with a picnic lunch near Aljubarrota.
Thursday, 16 October 2008
An exciting afternoon at the intersection where we are currently staying in Lisboa.
Saturday, 18 October 2008
Saturday in Lisboa means fado at O Jaime. When we are here, we always try to go and catch a set.
Sunday, 19 October 2008
Today was a stunningly beautiful day. We started out with café e queijadas, at Az de Comer, one of our favourite local pastelarias. This trip we have been frequenting Café Lomar which has amazing pasteis de nata, amongst the best we have eaten. We plan to head out to Belém on Tuesday for a comparison test. But today, we felt like queijadas, and the ones at Az de Comer are excellent. After coffee, we headed down to Rossio and wondered around, taking lots of pictures. The weather is often lovely in Lisboa, but today was virtually perfect – the bluest possible sky, no clouds and a perfect temperature. For lunch we had carne de porco a Alentejano at Stop with a nice wine that we didn’t know – Paulo Laureano Clássico 2006. Sunday lunch is an event in Portugal; everyone seems to go out to eat and Stop is really popular. Back home an unexpected rain shower (with sun still shining) resulted in a gorgeous rainbow … what a great day.
Monday, 20 October 2008
Another lovely day in Lisboa. Among other things, we went to the recently re-opened São Pedro de Alcântara, which has the best views of the middle of the city. We also went to the Palacio de São Bento, to try and tour the parlamento, but tours are not available this week 🙁
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Another leisurely day, unusually cold and blustery for Lisboa. So, we took the opportunity to explore the Museu Gulbenkian, which was well worth the effort. We had previously visited the gardens there (which are very, very nice), but never toured the museum. There are other things there as well (all under the umbrella of the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian). Non-flash photography was allowed, and the light was (of course) not the best for photography. So, most of the photographs are of less than stellar quality.