Friday Sept. 17th
Dear Family & Friends,
Another fun day on our great adventure.. Today we started to relax the pace a bit. Shorter rides and more site seeing. We left Porto and rode down to Lisbon. (Lisboa, I am not sure why we change the spelling of local names??). The ride was only a few hours and the weather was PERFECT!! Not to hot, not to cold, sunny and no rain.. About time!
Again we were pre-booked to a hotel so it was easy to arrive and be immediately relaxed.
We decided to be complete tourists today and took a two hour tour bus ride of the city..
First thing you notice is Lisbon is a very modern city. Not nearly as old looking as most of Europe. It certainly has some old buildings but a lot of avant guard modern architecture. Part of the reason is most European cities have lots of buildings going back 500 to a 1000 years but in Lisbon in 1751 there was a giant earthquake that flattened half the city and the other half caught on fire.. Luckily the fire did not last long because a giant Sanami soon hit and washed away what was left of the city.. :( A few old building were repaired and survive but 99% of what you see has been built since then. On that day over 15% of the local population was killed, what a horrific event.
We did see an ancient Jewish synagogue that was converted into a Catholic church in 1495. The Inquisition was a fun time.. The building was ancient and beautiful but I am sure the story behind it was not.
I took lots of photos you can see below.
Had a chance to drink some excellent Portuguese wine today.. This is certainly becoming a wine tour.. :) but I have not been able to find a good place to sample one of my favorites, Portuguese sausage..
Tomorrow morning we are having breakfast with a friend’s son from back home living here doing refugee relief work.. After that we have another relatively short ride back to Spain where we are staying in a small ancient Roman town of Cuenca. Should be another fun site seeing day. there are many of the ancient Roman ruins that still exist there. I hope to get some great photos there.
That’s all folks!
|The national Soccer stadium, our tour guide talked about with almost religious reverence..|
|An interesting mix of very modern architecture.|
|A museum dedicated to Christopher Columbus.|
|The University of Portugal, very modern but several hundred years old. Interestingly at the time Portugal needed to get permission from the Catholic Pope in Italy to build it..|
|This tower processed sea water to four different mineral and PH levels for the local aquarium that features sea life from four different oceans.. I didn't realize the water was different in each ocean.|
|The local rail road station designed to look like the ceiling of a famous church.|
|Notice the name on the building ? I remember studying De Gama as a famous Portuguese explorer but I dint realize he built shopping malls too.|
|A local tower style to look like a boast mast. The oceans have a big influence on everything here.|
|Interesting patio built right into the side of this sky scraper. That is about 15 stories up so they must have an amazing view.|
|Tomorrow we cross that bridge when leaving Lisbon. Big bridges like that are fun on a motorcycle. Generally they are windy and cold.|
|An ancient Jewish temple converted to a Catholic church in 1495,, I am quite sure with the use of brute force.|
|The local taxi service. All electric so quiet and emissions free but zero suspension so they really rattle your teeth on the old cobble stone streets.|
PS: I am not a selfish husband! I am always thinking of my wife and souvenirs I can bring here. Below is the new fad here in bathing suites and thought Bonnie would love the style so I got her two in different colors. Am I thoughtful or what???
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