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Leg 17 - Portugal's capital city - Lisboa

April 22-May 1st

A couple of hours sail from Cascais we sailed down the Tagus river to Lisbon. It poured rain for most of the trip but to be honest they needed the rain as it has been a month since the last storm. We had some warranty and repair work scheduled so we docked at one of the many marinas. On this trip we meet up with some friends from Nova Scotia who are in Lisbon, which was pretty cool.

Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city with an estimated population of 544,851. From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge.

According to wikki Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the second-oldest European capital city (after Athens), predating other modern European capitals by centuries. Julius Caesar made it a municipium called Felicitas Julia,[18] adding to the name Olissipo. After the fall of the Roman Empire it was ruled by a series of Germanic tribes from the 5th century; later it was captured by the Moors in the 8th century. In 1147 Afonso Henriques conquered the city and since then it has been the political, economic and cultural centre of Portugal.

It rained for most of the trip but that was ok as it has not rained for many weeks. Lovely views from the water of some significant land marks. How many do you recognize?

Sanctuary of Christ the King as we sail into harbour.

Lunch with Margie and her daughter DJ. It was terrific to get caught up with them and I had not seen DJ since she was in elementary school. Lunch with three brilliant ladies.

Thank you Margie for the little lizard to join our journeys. (note. I used to give out these to my staff in Halifax on their work anniversary so it was memorable when Margie found one of these on her trip for us.)

Lisbon is so hilly they have an elevator installed in the town.

The murals and art work in Lisbon is absolutely stunning.

The Time Out market. Lots of great food places.

Jerónimos Monastery

Check out the painting on the wall.

The murals in Lisbon are everywhere ...

... and if you look closely you will realize this is a painted wall not a piece of metal art on a street.

A cold one from the Beer Museum.

Just re-checking the recipe in the beer museum library. Yup that was all good.

Nice to see the cruise ships back in business. The world is opening back up and people are looking forward to traveling about. I know we surely are enjoying cruising to new cities and towns.

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Monument to the Discoveries - Created by Cottinelli Telmo (1897–1948) and the sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida (1898–1975), Padrão dos Descobrimentos was first erected in 1940, in a temporary form, as part of the Portuguese World Exhibition, built with perishable materials. It had a light iron and cement frame, while the moulded sculpture had a light iron and cement frame, while the moulded sculpture was made of gypsum (formed of plaster and burlap, and reinforced by a wooden and iron structure)

This was pretty cool

Belem Tower - officially the Tower of Saint Vincent (Portuguese: Torre de São Vicente) is a 16th-century fortification located in Lisbon that served as a point of embarkation and disembarkation for Portuguese explorers and as a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. It was built during the height of the Portuguese Renaissance, and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style, but it also incorporates hints of other architectural styles.The structure was built from lioz limestone and is composed of a bastion and a 30-metre (98.4 ft), four-storey tower.

This is the Monument to the Overseas Combatants. There is a guard on watch in the front.

Wiki notes It was created to honor all the soldiers who fought in the African War (1961-1974).

Lisbon Port Authority building. There have been some pretty stunning buildings put in place for port authorities. Something for Halifax to think about instead of being in an old brick warehouse.

This is an old aqueduct for moving water.

On March 25th we took the train to Sintra and spent a day visiting. I will do a separate posting on that day's visit here.

More art work from Rogeio Timoteo

Elain and Duncan took us on a day trip to see their new place in Caldais and then over to the village of Obidos . This is the Santiago Church built in 1186 by order of King Sancho I

Another Moorish castle in Obidos

We drove to the Lisboa wine country ....

... and took in a wine tasting tour of the Adegamae winery

Salude! Elaine is in the background, in the vineyard, with their doggy Cal.

A bike ride way up on top of the hill to view the monument and some awesome views.

The Sanctuary of Christ the King is a Catholic monument and shrine dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ overlooking the city of Lisbon situated in Almada, in Portugal. It was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, after the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon visited that monument.

Lunch on a small pier, waterside at the Ponto Final.

BBQ grilled fish for the misses and Arrrrg red meat for me.

An afternoon out sailing with Elaine and Duncan. Loving and living life.

And an amazing dinner onboard 45North.

Being dock-side has its advantages to put some TLC into the bikes. Cleaning and oiling the chain.

Another end to a great port of call. Heading further South tomorrow.


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