Day 3. Lisboa.

Today we are off on an escorted tour of Lisbon, or Lisboa as the locals say.

Out first stop was at the northern end of the Parque Eduardo VII. The park was initially an extension of the Avenida da Liberdade and was known as Liberty Park but it was renamed in 1903 in honour of King Edward VII who had visited Lisbon the previous year to strengthen ties between Portugal and Britain. There is a monument that commemorates the 1974 revolution.

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The central area consists of hedges in a geometric pattern and gives a good view over the city with the River Tagus in the background.

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We headed back downtown where we were taken on a walking tour around some of the oldest parts of the city that had survived the earthquake of 1755. Here the streets are very narrow and it was colourful with washing hung out to dry from the balconies.

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The area is also popular if you want to hear the traditional Fado singing.

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A short ride heading west bought us to the Belem District and the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, The Jeronimos Monastery.

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                 The South Portal                             The west wing housing the Maritime Museum

The monastery is a good example of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture. Inside lies the tomb of the navigator Vasco da Gama who made the journey to India in 1498.

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Two more elephant supported tombs were a further reminder of India.

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Our next stop was the Torre de Belem, The Belem Tower.

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The tower is situated on the site where Vasco de Gama and other navigators set out to discover the world. It is another example of the Manueline style of architecture.

Nearby was the Padrao dos Descobrimentos, The Monument to the Discoveries. As so often seems to happen it was covered in scaffolding.

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The monument celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries. It features Prince Henry the Navigator at the fore with other leading figures of the age.

I had to be content to look at the hoardings.

On the ground was a large map detailing some of the discoveries.

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Our tour was almost over and we were dropped off close to Rossio Square. We walked down towards the river passing through Praca do Comercio. Commerce Square. The square and the buildings were remodelled after the earthquake of 1755. The earlier name Terreiro do Paco is still sometimes used and dates back to the time before the earthquake when the Royal Palace stood on the site.The square is dominated by the statue of King Jose I sitting on his horse.

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It was time to head back up the Avenida da Liberdade towards our hotel. We were moving on tomorrow and there was packing to be done.

I could not resist a last little walk and headed up to the top of the Avenida da Liberdade and the Parca Marques de Pombal. This is really more like a roundabout but at the centre is a statue of Sebastiao Jose de Carvalho known as the first Marquis of Pombal.

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I continued up through the Parque Eduardo VII to the monument at the top.

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It was peaceful now without the crowds and good to get away from the noise of the city.

When I got back the packing fairy had been and most of my clothes were in the suitcase.

That evening we again ate at A Gina. They were packed out but once I had my bottle of wine they could take as long as they want.

I ordered Espatata – Mixed meat and vegetables on a skewer. The side plate had a mound of crisps, plus salad and rice. Just too much.

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It had been a long day. Lisbon had been great and we had seen most of the major attractions. I would love to come back again but next time I would do it independently.

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About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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