Lisbon Day 4 final (for this trip)
Overcast; showers expected, out come the rain hoodies!
Only this AM noticed USA flag a couple of buildings away from B&B - dah, home of our ambassador.
Necessary to clarify "USA" as "states" or "america" can mean north, south or central america to the Portuguese. That or just start talking...my accent's unmistakable.
Lisboans don't wear rain hoodies - they wear chic quilted jackets & carry bumbershoots. However, the LLBEAN emblem on my hoodie is much admired.
Today's transportation is a trolley as we head up to the oldest part off Lisbon, Alfama
180 cultures represented; 1/5 of the world speaks Portuguese.
This is Tagus river - it's enormous!
Castelo de Sao Jorge is an enchanting place even on a drizzly day - ancient & modern. There's a village up here where people live.
View from the castle are spectacular
No funicular - not happening!
Per Philip - the gardens make Lisbon.
Next visit we'll stay in Chiado area. PB agrees. Maybe get a vrbo apt.
OMG! OMG! Adega das Merces - Philip's pork was average. I had rabbit, clams w/homemade chips all with an incredible rich sauce. The waiter was great, helpful. Leaving I stopped to thank him...using my 5 words of Portuguese. He offered his hand & replied "you are welcome." ham/cheese/, bread, ensalada, bottle of wine, bottle of water, entree, coffee was about 48€ for 2
Custard tarts from Manteigaria - oh so good. Thank you Rita for insisting we go to the shop. How have I lived without custard tarts?
The afternoon we're exploring by trolley - just pick one ride to the end. Jump off & find another one...eventually they all return to Baxia. What a fun 4 days this has been.
We'll look for market; wine, cheese & bread at B&B this evening. Typical market scene - dried fish and fresh fish.
Trolleys are interesting to ride but it's often hurry up wait - cars and/or trucks blocking the line...we sit & wait.
Not to end on a sour note – I got “picked” … not by a local … 3 kids were from German speaking countries. Fortunately, I carry only what I expect to use during the day … so minimal was lost. Most annoying was I forgot to move my T-Mobile SIM card to my suitcase; it was still in my purse. With a little help from our Kentucky friends; got the account suspended. I’ve traveled to other countries since 1974 – 1st time EVER. This single incident doesn’t deter me from continuing to travel again and again. Stuff happens; deal with it - my motto.