Lisbon is positioned on seven low hills beside the north side of the Rio Tejo ( Tagus River) that once lured traders and settlers; it’s still a stunning site for a citytoday and add to that its cultural diversity and laid-back feel and architectural time warp.Claimed to be one of the most enjoyable cities in Europe – and also one of the most economical.
Lisbon is an impressionist picture of low-rise ochre and pastel ,punctuated by church towers and domes.
We walked the kilometre or so into town viaBlack Horse Square (Praca Do Comercio)and into the Baixa district which has been rebuilt after the earthquakes in the 17th century, past the Elevator de Santa Justa made of iron, then for something different sat still in thePraco do Rossio near the fountainfor an hour so watching the coming and going of the people. A youngman discretely doing all his washing in the fountain, waiting for it to dry changing into the clean now dry clothes then completing his washing chores for the day.
The wandering minstrels playing from café to café, the shoe shine man arriving with his father and child, setting up next to ustrying to drum up enough business to buy some food, the African men selling necklaces, men in suits producing sunglasses for sale from inside there coats, cruise ship passengers and other tourists flitting by making the most of their limited time and photographing everything. Older tourist couples checking maps one way up then the other looking around bemused before walking off while having a discreet argument over navigational issues.
Tram 28 Lisbon
Fortunately no matter how lost you are many of the city’s attractions are within walking distance of each other in the central city area.This area is crowned by the magnificent Castelo de Sao Jorge.
In the afternoon we hopped on the little yellow tram No 28 which takes you up the narrow winding roads of the old cobblestone Alfama districtto near the castle and coffee shops that overlooks the river side harbour. Another great spot for a beer and coffee!! Click read more below for more on Lisbon and photos…………….
Alfama District Lisbon Tram
The Alfamadistrict is very colourful its cobblestone streets are lined with wrought iron street lamps, framed with ornate balconies decorated with flowers. Some streets are so tight two people cannot pass abreast, no chance of getting a motorhome in here!!
Alfama District Lisbon Tramway
We decided to walk back down the hill to the ship visit the Cathedral (SE Patriarcal) on the way down the hill and hunt for a couple of geocaches on the way.
The sail away took us down the Tagus River past the Christ the King Statue and under there own Golden Gate style bridge