I know we did only two days in Lisbon; half day on Wednesday, all day on Thursday and a half day on Friday, but Camillo was the organizer of what we saw when, and I think we did really well in a very short time. We stayed in a hotel in the central historic center, ate and walked near the hotel, down to the sea as the sun set on Wednesday evening.
On Thursday we went by private car out to see the Memorial of the Navigators, (Padrão dos Descobrimentos), the Jerónimos Monastery, The Maritime Museum (Museu de Marinha) and the Torre de Belém. All of these museums and monuments are within (relatively) easy walking distance from one to the other. The problem is when you walk all around each, then go to the next and the next, it become pretty hard on your feet. We did the rounds in about five hours, plus a light lunch. Then after a rest at the hotel, we went by taxi up to the Castle (Castelo de S. Jorge) walked around, watching the sunset, and afterward walked down passing by the Se (the archbishops seat) to the historic center for dinner; another two hours. Might have been better to split all the major sites between two day, but well, we only had one full day…. so we hurt a little but saw a lot.
Photos in order: Memorial of the Navigators
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos & Museu de Marinha: Taken from the Roof of the Memorial - to the right the tour of the monastery and on the left the entrance to the Maritime Museum.
I am not a ship or sailboat enthusiast but enjoyed this extensive display of model ships through history and the world exploration by the Portuguese.
Enough!! Tomorrow more – When I am home, with a better internet connection I will download slide shows. For now will continue to record the trip in date order….