Lisbon

Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square)

Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square)

On December 6, 2017, we flew to Lisbon. Years ago, we had booked a stay in the Portuguese capital, but had to cancel for reasons beyond our control. It was high time to make a second attempt! We had booked an apartment for three nights in the very center of the old town; the flight from Nice airport took only two hours and a few minutes, and shortly after 3 p.m. we were at our temporary home in the Rua do Crucifixo. We didn't waste any time and began exploring the surrounding areas.

The next day, after a leisurely breakfast, we made our way to Rossio Square from where we climbed up the hill of the Carmo Convent. We had a cappuccino in the coffee shop of what turned out to be the oldest bookstore in the world: Livraria Bertrand opened in 1732 and has been in continuous operation ever since! We took the San Justa Elevator to get back to sea level. In the afternoon, we rode a streetcar to Belém a district in the southwest of Lisbon. There, we admired the Jerónimos Monastery and the Monument of the Discoveries before taking a bus back into town.

Whereas the weather had been sunny up to now, the following day we awoke to gray skies and a slight drizzle. This didn't stop us from walking up to São Jorge Castle and, on the way up (and down!), exploring the wonderful Alfama district. The next morning, sun and blue skies were back, and we spent the morning finally taking the famed number 28 streetcar and walking around the area close to our apartment since we were picked up at noon for our ride to the airport and flight back home.

This page covers part one of our Lisbon photos; stay tuned for a second installment of a fun trip!

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'Ministério do Mar' (Ministry of the sea) 'Ministério do Mar' (Ministry of the sea)

Ministério do Mar (Ministry of the sea)

Ministério do Mar (Ministry of the sea)


Evening on the banks of the Tagus 'Arco da Rua Augusta' (Augusta Street Arch)

Evening on the banks of the Tagus

Arco da Rua Augusta (Augusta Street Arch)


'Arco da Rua Augusta' (Augusta Street Arch) 'Estátua de Dom José I' (Statue of Joseph I)

Arco da Rua Augusta (Augusta Street Arch)

Estátua de Dom José I (Statue of Joseph I)


Colonnade under the Ministry of the Navy One of the wrought iron hanging lanterns

Colonnade under the Ministry of the Navy

One of the wrought iron hanging lanterns


Praça do Município (Town Hall Square) 'Camara Municipal de Lisboa (Lisbon City Hall)'

Praça do Município (Town Hall Square)

Camara Municipal de Lisboa (Lisbon City Hall)


Evening light on the Rua São Nicolau Praça Rossio and the National Theater

Evening light on the Rua São Nicolau

Praça Rossio and the National Theater


View from Praça Rossio The seemingly wavy but perfectly flat Praça Rossio

View from Praça Rossio

The seemingly wavy but perfectly flat Praça Rossio


Christmas market on Praça Rossio One of two mermaid fountains on Praça Rossio

Christmas market on Praça Rossio

One of two mermaid fountains on Praça Rossio


Roof of the 'Lisboa–Rossio' train station Looking up at the Carmo Convent

Roof of the Lisboa–Rossio train station

Looking up at the Carmo Convent


On Praça da Figueira 'Estátua de Dom João I' (Statue of King John I) on Praça da Figueira

On Praça da Figueira

Estátua de Dom João I (Statue of King John I) on Praça da Figueira


Façade on Rua Trindade (Trinity Street) Buildings on Rua da Misericórdia (Mercy Street)

Façade on Rua Trindade (Trinity Street)

Buildings on Rua da Misericórdia (Mercy Street)


Tiled building on Rua Garrett (Garrett Street) Outside the National Republican Guard museum

Tiled building on Rua Garrett (Garrett Street)

Outside the National Republican Guard museum


Largo do Carmo (Carmo Square) Palácio da Independência (Independence Palace)

Largo do Carmo (Carmo Square)

Palácio da Independência (Independence Palace)


View over Lisbon from the top of the Santa Justa Elevator View over Lisbon from the top of the Santa Justa Elevator

View over Lisbon from the top of the Santa Justa Elevator

View over Lisbon from the top of the Santa Justa Elevator


Looking at the São Jorge Castle from the top of the Santa Justa Elevator In the old town

Looking at the São Jorge Castle from the top of the Santa Justa Elevator

In the old town


'Elevador de Santa Justa'' (Santa Justa Elevator) On Rua Augusta (Augusta Street)

Elevador de Santa Justa (Santa Justa Elevator)

On Rua Augusta (Augusta Street)


Afonso de Albuquerque Garden in Belém Rua Vieira Portense in Belém

Afonso de Albuquerque Garden in Belém

Rua Vieira Portense in Belém


Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery) Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery)

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery)

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery)


Part of the monastery church Belém Tower Monument of the Discoveries

Part of the monastery church

Belém Tower

Monument of the Discoveries


'Padrão dos Descobrimentos' (Monument of the Discoveries) Belém Lighthouse, Monument of the Discoveries, and 25th of April Bridge

Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument of the Discoveries)

Belém Lighthouse, Monument of the Discoveries, and 25th of April Bridge


Praça do Império (Empire Square) Evening in Belém

Praça do Império (Empire Square)

Evening in Belém


Downtown Lisbon at night Having an 'al fresco'' dinner in December!

Downtown Lisbon at night

Having an al fresco dinner in December!


Vendor selling roasted chestnuts on Augusta Street Downtown Lisbon at night

Vendor selling roasted chestnuts on Augusta Street

Downtown Lisbon at night


The Christmas "tree" on Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square) Looking up inside the tree

The Christmas "tree" on Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square)

Looking up inside the tree


Can the Can Lisbon—the restrooms must be irresistible (read the sign!) Heading towards the Rua da Prata (Silver Street)

Can the Can Lisbon—the restrooms must be irresistible (read the sign!)

Heading towards the Rua da Prata (Silver Street)


The photos on this page were taken from December 6 to December 9, 2017
This page covers part one of our Lisbon photos; stay tuned for a second installment of a fun trip!




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