16.01.2016 57 °F
Modern building on way to train station
The Oriente train station has to be seen to be believed. It soars in every direction, bringing to mind the ease of sea birds flying low over the water.
Taxi ride was....fast, very fast. the city passed in a blur - I thought it was funny. Think Philip was torn between terror & awe.
We may come back a day early; just to have a last day is Lisbon - checked with Rita, we can come for a night only. Rita is charming; young - mid 20s. Speaks American english as opposed to British english; said her mother sent both children for english lessons when they were age 6. She said to call her from Lagos if we needed help or had questions.
Believe Lagos is pronounced Laaa - goosh.
We're on a regional train to Faro - only 3 cars & 1st class is almost full; transferring at Tunes & then taking a puddle jumper to Lagos. We're in a hotel tonight & move to the villa tomorrow - for the next 2 weeks. It will be nice to be settled - to have a kitchen; have my coffee whenever the needs strikes. The B&B had everything available 7/24...but, I had to get dressed.
I'm looking forward to a more relaxed pace, seeing new places but also just kick back, slow down. I have 2 beading projects with me.
Can't figure out where the train crosses the Tagus & then heads south; just spotted the bull ring stadium, so we're headed north. Aha, just cross the June 24 bridge, across the Tagus. It's the suspension bridge, modeled from the Golden Gate. It's name comes from the date Salazar's dictatorship was overthrown. There's the cross, given to Lisboa by Brazil.
We're high balling towards Faro; trip take 3+ hours: we change trains in Tunes to go to Lagos - 13 mins to make the switch. Landscape is flat, green, planted with trees - not sure what kind, don't look like olive. Crossing several rivers, of good size. Tomorrow our friends arrive in Lisbon & will driving almost the same route the train takes. Leaving Granola, terrain becoming hilly, definitely recognize olive trees. Plan to return home with local oil; so good. Trains moving so fast, pictures are impossible. Funcheira - terrain bit like Mendicino; without the costal Mtns. I can pretend the trees are Live Oaks - aha, hills are appearing. Last hour many lemon & wine fields.
Tunes train station, transferring to Lagos.
Train to Lagos has Brits...so cheap for their travel. the guy we talked to is flying round trip from England for 48€. The Brits in front of me live in a small village near Lagos. Funny listening to people complain about their countrymen, i.e. not wanting to explore other cultures, taste different foods, talk to people they don't know - makes me smile...too myself.
Lagos is lovely ... bit of an unexpected hike to the hotel. We recovered nicely by walking to the square, having a libation and food. I had a good seasfood pasta. Everything is soooo white...almost blindingly white.
Sat Jan 16
After breakfast - much like those served in England (not a big favorite of mine); we went to town and walked around; had a coffee and found the small market and huge fish fresh market; upstairs is a large fresh produce market - both close at noon. Later we walked along the waterfront to the old fort; then found an interesting place to eat. I had sea food. Philip had clay pot chicken. Checked into the villa about 4PM; Skip and Mary Fern arrived around 4:30. We had several hours of meet and greet - what a fun time we're going to have !