One day in Lisbon
Lisbon takes so many notes from London sometimes it’s hard to separate them. I spent one day in Lisbon and I have every intention of going back. I must go and explore the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais. The day started at the train station Estacao do Oriente and through the shopping center onto the Lisbon Marina. The first thing that caught me was the astounding bridge that links Lisbon to the south. The Ponte Vasco da Gama as is with London, it has its historic marvels and it’s engineering feats. This is Lisbon, I have never seen a bridge disappear into the distant fog, seemingly endless. After a quick google search, this bridge is the longest in Europe and 12.3 Kilometers and cost over a billion US dollars. I assume they built it for practical reasons but watching it snake in and out of the early morning fog, it’s easy as stunning as any historical structure.
We walked along the Marina and towards the rising sun, heading towards the city. Getting the subway towards the city center. Here in the midst of high street shops hides the Santa Justa lift built in 1874, still carrying tourists up the 45meters to incredible 360-degree views of the city. We walked down towards the Lisbon Baixa, the high arching structure marvels any European archway. Working through to the open square filled with the historical importance of King Jose I. We drifted along the seafront lazy taking shameless selfies and watching the boats float along the water. We sat taking in all that was going in around us, then noticed on the other side of the water. A depiction of Jesus Christ rising from a tall white pillar. The sanctuary of Christ the King is considered an important sight to see in the Lisbon exploring. Unfortunately, we did not have the time to go.
We walked down along the seafront towards the Time Out Market, an indoor square of different cuisines and cultures. The square has a great space for eating, drinking and socializing. You could be eating Japanese while a friend dines on a Mexican burrito, the selection is excellent and it is Covent Garden ESC.Our next destination was to the west of the Time out market. As with London Oyster cards, we could use are the metro ticket to hop on a bus towards the Belem tower. After a short bus ride, we were outside Jerónimos Monastery, just a short walk and we were at Pasteis de Belem. A pastry shop busier than a Newcastle Greggs, but worth it. A unique recipe to the Portuguese favorite natas. After eating more than one we head towards the sunset and our final stop of Belem tower.We spent the evening taking pictures of the sun setting, even in December the sky was clear and the sun was a bright orange. The sun set on a great day we walked around Belem tower, a great way to end the day.