Lisbon (Part 2)

São Jorge Castle seen from the Praça Martim Moniz

São Jorge Castle seen from the Praça Martim Moniz

This is the second of two pages documenting our trip to the Portuguese capital. Click here to go to the first page.

Whereas the weather had been sunny up to now, on Friday, December 8, we awoke to gray skies and a slight drizzle. This didn't stop us from making the climb to São Jorge Castle and, on the way up (and down!), exploring the wonderful Alfama district.

The following morning, sun and blue skies were back. We set out early to finally have a chance to take the famous number 28 streetcar; our previous attempts had failed because this line is extremely popular with tourists, and the crowds at the streetcar stops had been prohibitive. At eight o'clock in the morning, however, we were the only riders for a while. Later that morning, we continued exploring the area close to our apartment; we were being picked up at noon for our ride to the airport and flight back home, so we didn't want to stray too far from our temporary home.

We enjoyed Lisbon very much. It's a fascinating history-laden city, and the Portuguese are warm and welcoming. We would love to spend more time in Portugal and see other parts of the country. Perhaps some day...

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Escadinhas de São Cristóvão Headquarters of Portugal's CDS-PP (People's Party

Escadinhas de São Cristóvão

Headquarters of Portugal's CDS-PP (People's Party)


On the Escadinhas de São Crispim Wall art on the Escadinhas de São Crispim

On the Escadinhas de São Crispim

Wall art on the Escadinhas de São Crispim


Looking down from the Rua do Milagre de Santo António Tiled building on Largo dos Lóios

Looking down from the Rua do Milagre de Santo António

Tiled building on Largo dos Lóios


>Doors on the Escadinhas de São Crispim By the castle entrance at the Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo

Doors on the Escadinhas de São Crispim

By the castle entrance at the Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo


Inside the castle grounds: Wine with (today not much of) a view View from the castle to the southeast

Inside the castle grounds: Wine with (today not much of) a view

View from the castle to the southeast


View from the castle to the southwest The bridge leading to the inside of the castle

View from the castle to the southwest

The bridge leading to the inside of the castle


The main courtyard inside the castle In the castle gardens

The main courtyard inside the castle

In the castle gardens


Archway to the fountain The entrance to the innermost part of the castle Archway between the two main courtyards

Archway to the fountain

The entrance to the innermost part of the castle

Archway between the two main courtyards


Young peacock (no eyes on the feathers yet) Mature peacock

Young peacock (no eyes on the feathers yet)

Mature peacock


'Igreja de São Miguel'' (St. Michael's Church) Façade detail of the 'Igreja de Santa Luzia' (Church of Santa Luzia)

Igreja de São Miguel (St. Michael's Church)

Façade detail of the Igreja de Santa Luzia (Church of Santa Luzia)


Boy scouts in the 'Jardim Júlio de Castilho' (Júlio de Castilho Garden) A number 28 streetcar making its way down the Rua Limoeiro

Boy scouts in the Jardim Júlio de Castilho (Júlio de Castilho Garden)

A number 28 streetcar making its way down the Rua Limoeiro


'Igreja Paroquial de São Cristãvo e So Lourenço' (Parish church of Saint Christopher and Saint Lawrence) 'Largo São Cristóvão' (Saint Christopher Square)

Igreja Paroquial de São Cristãvo e So Lourenço
(Parish church of Saint Christopher and Saint Lawrence)

Largo São Cristóvão
(Saint Christopher Square)


Rua Regedor Rua das Farinhas

Rua Regedor

Rua das Farinhas


'Escadinhas de São Cristóvão' (St. Christopher steps) 'Beco das Farinhas' (Alley of flours)

Escadinhas de São Cristóvão (St. Christopher steps)

Beco das Farinhas (Alley of flours)


'Largo dos Trigueiros' (Square of the Swarthy) 'Beco dos Surradores' (Alley of Whisperers)

Largo dos Trigueiros (Square of the Swarthy)

Beco dos Surradores (Alley of Whisperers)


Façades on 'Poço do Borratém' (Well of Borratém) 'Calçada de São Lourenço' (Sidewalk of Saint Lawrence)

Façades on Poço do Borratém (Well of Borratém)

Calçada de São Lourenço (Sidewalk of Saint Lawrence)


Mural in the 'Beco dos Surradores' (Alley of Whisperers) At the bottom of the 'Beco dos Surradores' (Alley of Whisperers)

Mural in the Beco dos Surradores (Alley of Whisperers)

At the botom of the Beco dos Surradores (Alley of Whisperers)


Waiting for our streetcar on the Rua da Conceição It's 8:03 a.m. and we're the only passengers!

Waiting for our streetcar on the Rua da Conceição

It's 8:03 a.m. and we're the only passengers!


After a little while, the Pikachu lady joined us. (If you had seen her pants, you'd know how we came up with the name!) We rode the number 28 street car all the way to the Praça Martim Moniz. From there, one has a nice view of the apartment buildings on castle hill.

After a little while, the Pikachu lady joined us
(If you had seen her pants, you'd know how we came up with the name!)

We rode the number 28 street car all the way to the Praça Martim Moniz
From there, one has a nice view of the apartment buildings on castle hill.


Purple building on Rua da Betesga Back on the Rua Augusta

Purple building on Rua da Betesga

Back on the Rua Augusta


Sand sculpture on the bank of the Tagus River By the Tagus River

Sand sculpture on the bank of the Tagus River

By the Tagus River


By the Tagus River Walking along the Avenida Ribeira das Naus

By the Tagus River

Walking along the Avenida Ribeira das Naus


Rua Bernardino Costa Praça de São Paulo Colorful Lisbon

Rua Bernardino Costa

Praça de São Paulo

Colorful Lisbon


All photos covering this trip were taken between December 6 and December 9, 2017
The 101 photos from both Lisbon pages are also available in a Web gallery or slide show

This is the second of two pages documenting our trip to the Portuguese capital. Click here to go to the first page.




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