Welcome to Lisboa

January 26, 2006

We started off the day with a nice breakfast provided by our pension which kept us full through the bus ride to Lisbon and then some. Since we took the express bus the ride only took us 2 hours which left the entire afternoon to explore Lisbon. The room we rented was in the heart of the Baixa district so we were close to most of the major sights and about a block away from the metro. It was a warm and sunny day so we took advantage and headed up to the Sao Jorge Castle. Lisbon is very hilly so it took a little longer to reach than we thought but once at top the views were incredible. The castle dates to the Visigothic times and is the first known fortification in Lisbon. For 3 Euro we were able to enjoy the gardens and walk along the walls which allowed for great views in every direction. The castle is located in the Alfama district which is a maze of alleys and ancient houses which is an entertaining area to look around. There is a ton of renovation happening in the area which is great to see as its an irreplaceable neighborhood. There is also a multimedia show inside the castle walls which gave us a great history lesson on Lisbon's rise and fall after the 1755 earthquake. As the sun started to set we headed down to the center of the city and got a feel of the neighborhoods. Our entertainment for the night was watching Portugal´s version of The Price is Right. It was pretty consistent with ours but the host was much younger than Bob and the "babes" included one progressive. I wish we could have found a way to record all of the funny commercials or shows we´ve seen along the way.

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