Finally we made it to Lisbon. I know, ridiculous. We live less than an hour away yet we hardly ever have time to go.
We went with our guests from Denmark. Now then, when I went to Alcobaca I was lucky enough to be shown around by a historian. No such luck this time you say. Well, we just happened to have a historian from Copenhagen in our little group who had done some research on Portuguese history.
We started at Belem Tower. Built in the early 16th century it played an important part in Portuguese maritime discoveries of the time and was part of a defence system at the mouth of the Tagus River.
Plenty of time to sit and gaze at the view of the Tagus river.
Followed by a trip to Jerónimos Monastery, built in 1502 to commemorate Vasco de Gama’s voyage to India.
The interior is fabulous.
After that – well the day was just too hot so we headed off for ice creams, pastel de natas, cocktails then dinner. Just to do a little research on contemporary Lisbon, of course.