Monday, June 10, 2013

10th Anniversary Trip Part 5 - Lisbon

The last day of our trip was spent fully exploring Lisbon.  Lisbon is a beautiful city, decorated with a lot of colorful tiles.  The city is unique because it was mostly destroyed in a massive earthquake in the mid 1700's.  So while there are some buildings still standing, the majority of the buildings are "new" when compared to the rest of Europe.  The hotel we stayed at was built in the late 1800's when the train station next door to it was built.  It was a beautiful hotel and this is a picture of the lobby below:
Here it is from the outside:
On Friday morning, we headed over to Belem to visit the sights there, including the Jeronimos Monastery seen here:
Brian was imitating the Cristo Rei statue that faces its brother statue in Brazil.  The bridge in the background is the sister bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge (built by same company) - can't tell from this picture but it's also red in color:
The Monument to the Discoveries, celebrating all of the explorers from Portugal.  The sky on this day was amazing:
We rode the elevator to the top of the Monument of the Discoveries so that we could have an aerial view of Belem and the monastery:
Onto the Tower of Belem:
And then to get some pasteis de nata or, as they are called here, pasteis de belem, as they were invented in Belem hundreds of years ago.  It is a phyllo type dough filled with custard.  It was amazing!
Onto lunch at one of the restaurants that Peter from Albueira had recommended.  He recommended getting fresh shrimp from the coast with sea salt and he did not steer us wrong:
He also recommended this wine:
And the duck rice, which was pretty much like a Portuguese paella and was amazing:
After lunch we jumped onto one of the trolleys to take it up to the St George Castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge):
Prior to getting to the castle, we stopped at an overlook:
Up near the castle, we had amazing views of the whole city:
Brian at one of the doorways:
More of the castle:
Cartwheel among the ruins . . . not so easy in a skirt:
Brian climbing the castle walls:
Brian overlooking the city of Lisbon:
The streets of Lisbon were quite charming:
After dinner on our last night, we came to an overlook of the city, including the castle at the top:
Getting ready to ride the funicular back down to our hotel:
All in all, it was a fantastic trip!  One that we would never have been able to do without the help of our amazing families - THANK YOU!!  We are ready to start planning our 15th anniversary trip and hopefully the grandparents will be ready to take the kids again by that time :)

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