13.01.2016 58 °F
Up & about reasonable hour. 27E trolley stops across the street from our B&B; rode it to Commerce Center; pick up Hop Hop, heading to Gulbenkian
Just not enough time to see Sintra; next visit. So many places, so little time. About noon today Philip announced “can’t be done; we just have to give up and plan to come back.”
Enjoy walking, looking, listening to people; perhaps I'm easily entertained. Am sitting on the bus, parked in a large square, sunny & warm. I can see St. George's Castle on the hill above me.
Fascinated by the tiles. But how is it the National Tile museum doesn’t have a single tile on the outside?
Many parks & gardens - all well maintained.
Gulbenkian - marvelous; must get Philip out more, he viewed his 1st Rembrandt. We covered about ½ the museum… we just had to keep moving on thru the city.
Gulbenkian is built around many outdoor patio; integrating beauty in and out. These are ancient Syrian lamps
Coffee break with a view of some of the gardens
Spanish ambassador's home is across the street from the museum
Given up trying to pick out words we know - listening to people talk. In Italy we hear specific words & can use them - same in Switzerland & Germany. Here we only recognize "Obrigado"
Per Philip - this city just keeps on giving. I think it's a seductive city. I’m not sure a city is considered seductive … but Lisboa is seducing me.
Little like Ashland, OR; pedestrian starts to cross the street and all movement (buses & trams too) come to a complete stop. I’m a little intimidated.
This is the perfect time to be here – cool but comfortable and not crowded. We never wait in line.
We're off to Torre de Belem
The towers are held up on carved rhinoceroses; this one is quite worn ... imagine
Views from the tower
After a quick lunch we head to Tower of Discoveries