Dr. Chun
Lisbon, Portugal

July, 2010

 

My wife and I took a summer vacation in Lisbon, Portugal. Once the launch pad for many of the voyages of discovery, Lisbon was the first true world city, the capital of an empire spreading over all continents from South America to Asia. A soulful European capital, Lisbon is a city of immediate charms, and of a deeper beauty that must be sought out.



     
     
013Mosteiro dos Jeronimos: Portugal's greatest national monument is emblematic of the country's Manueline style.

023Padrao dos Descobrimentos: Created in 1960 for the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator, this monument is in the form of the prow of a ship.

 
033Torre de Belem: This perfectly proportioned defensive tower is the masterpiece of the Manueline style.

043Palacio da Pena: We took a train to the fairy tale town of Sintra, the summer retreat of Portuguese kings. Sintra was recognized in 1995 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
053Palacio da Pena: Built in the mid-19th century, this fabulous toyland palace is the intriguing work of a hyperactive imagination.
063Castelo dos Mouros: The 8th century castle was captured from the Moors by Alfonso Henriques in 1147.
 
073Cabo da Roca: The westernmost point of mainland Europe is a suitably dramatic clifftop location marked by a lighthouse.
083Cascais-Estoril Waterfront: Estoril and Cascais are linked by a promenade which runs just above the beach. We enjoyed a buffet-style dinner at the Estoril Casino.

 
093Backstreet of Lisbon: We were wandering around narrow streets, getting lost many times. Of course, we did not miss a ride on century-old tram #28.

103Praca do Comercio: The riverfront square is surrounded on three sides by the elegant arcades of Pombal's reconstruction, and facing the river along the fourth.

 
113Rua Augusta: Lisbon's longest and grandest pedestrianized street runs from one corner of Rossio through the middle of Baixa to a triumphal archway on Praca de Comercio.

123Elevador de Santa Justa: This Neo-Gothic iron lift whisks lazy tourists from Baixa to the Carmo ruin. A street performer on a unicycle...
 
133Castelo de Sao Jorge: The Lisbon's medieval castle is crowing the hill where Lisbon's original settlers lived.

143Praca da Figueira: There are board, shaded cafe esplanades along one side, and the square looks quite attractive from up on the castle ramparts.
 
153Parque das Nacoes: The "park of the Nations" is built on the site of Lisbon's successful Expo 98 world exposition, which was held to mark the 500th anniversary of Vasco da Gama's epic voyage to India.

163We came back from the underground metro station in Lisbon to the Philadelphia airport, after falling in love with the captivating city and its friendly people.
 
 
 
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