DKPete Travelling Images 2018 – Lisbon Portugal Experience (Spring 2018)

(This posting was drafted since April 2018 but never posted it till we came to visit the A Famosa, (Malay: Kota A Famosa; “The Famous” in Portuguese) a former Portuguese fortress located in Malacca, Malaysia last weekend, 15th September 2018. It is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Southeast Asia and the Far East, which reminds me of our visit in Lisbon Portugal on Spring this year, April 2018) 

LISBON, PORTUGAL – SPRING 4/2018

After spending 4 days in Barcelona, we continued our Easter Week Holiday to Lisbon Portugal on 03 April 2018. Arrived at the Lisbon International Airport around  8:35 am (local time, Portugal) and there’s the bright sunny morning awaiting us.

It took about two hours travel by Vueling Airline from Barcelona airport. Weather was awesome and not much challenged for the Spain budget airline to reach the destination on time. Like other Europe countries, passengers who flew from other European neighboring country like Spain were not needed to go through immigration clearance in Portugal which made our exit to Lisbon gateway much faster.

Lisbon has it own mode of transportation but touring around the city especially with the yellow tram was a real fun. It reminds me of my childhood favorite black and white TV series of The Wild Wild West in late 60s (popularly known for its Secret Service agents James West (Robert Conrad) and Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin, which used most of the old and classic looks train in its scene). Other than tram, the hop-off hop-on bus too was providing for site seeing historical and modern features of the city.

Sprawling along the right bank of the Tagus estuary, Lisbon stands looking proudly towards the Atlantic Ocean and was the subject that inspired the great maritime discoveries. Based on Wikipedia, The city was built during a millennium of colorful history waiting to be discovered by visitors. Lisbon witnessed Muslim domination, a Christian conquest, a golden age of discoveries, destruction by an earthquake and followed by an enlightened reconstruction process and ongoing renewal. This city is a patchwork of distinct and colorful quarters, like Baixa, Chiado, Alfama, Bairro Alto: accept the challenge of discovering Lisbon on foot or taking the famous-old yellow tram!

Our time here were mostly occupied with exploring and visiting interesting places like old and new town of Lisbon, going by the hop-of-hop-on Yellow Bus which tickets were bought (€20 per person) since we landed at the airport last Tuesday. It valid for 2 days for all Yellow buses, the public tram, funicular and lift city Tower. The 2 hours site-seeing Lisbon city (at the open air upper decker bus) was aided with audio guide on the city historical past and present background. The Belvedere of Our Lady of Hill, the highest peak in Lisbon was the last place we climbed before we wandered around the city center, looking for souvenirs and Portuguese foods on our second last day in Lisbon. The half hour hiking to the peak was quite challenging but once you’ve arrived at the top, you’ll surely enjoy the popular lookout point which offers a panoramic view of Lisbon and the Atlantic Ocean.

For most of the visitors like us, they’re going to remember lots of beautiful cultures here and for us the foods in Lisbon are fantastic. For the first time, while traveling in Europe since autumn 2013, we found one common fish that popularly consumed in Lisbon – “Sardine Fish” which is similar species of the “Bosungan” (in Kadazan dialect) / “ikan Basung (local Sabahan) / ikan Selayang (Peninsula Malaysia). At home, ikan Sardin / Bosungan / Tamban are mostly prepared for home consumption but in Portugal it is one of the best cuisine and prepared commercially in almost every restaurant. Cost not less than €7:00 for 4 fishes which is served with boiled potatoes and salads. Other than Sardines, when you ask what is the favorite Food in Lisbon, the Portuguese are very proud and happy to suggest one of their icon cuisine called Bacalhau. It’s a grilled salted cod fish with lemon, garlic and served with boiled potatoes and salad. Bacalhau can also be in many taste and flavor like codfish balls and many more.

 

 

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Lisbon enjoys a Mediterranean climate. It has the warmest winters of any metropolis in Europe, with average temperatures 15 °C (59 °F) during the day and 8 °C (46 °F) at night from December to February. The typical summer season lasts about six months, from May to October, although also in April temperatures sometimes reach around 25 °C (77.0 °F) – (Source : LX4U Apartments, Lisbon)
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Commerce Square / Praça do Comércio (Terreiro do Paço)

The great neoclassical square that anchors the city to the Tagus river is the largest square in Lisbon and one of the most iconic, symbol of the city and its reconstruction after the great earthquake of 1755.

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Before we took the airport Yellow Bus to our airbnb host house at Alfama city center, we spent sometimes at the cafe outside the airport for the Portuguese Egg tart which we first tested during our visit to Hong Kong and Macau last year. It’s €1.50 each on Lisbon

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The custard tarts at Pasteis de Belém are world-famous and that’s why queues for the sweet, rich, perfectly crisp treats often stretch along the pavement.

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Like Barcelona, Lisbon too has it own tourist attraction especially the Tram, Tuk Tuk, long buses and underground train as mode of transportation to ride and site seeing beautiful Portuguese architecture building and monuments around the city of hills bay the sea

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Trams

This is the most traditional way to know the old city, with its labyrinth streets. The most well-known is tram nr.28, starting just in front of LX4U Apartments at Martim Moniz square. It gives you a general view of Lisbon’s 7 hills and its different districts. If you wish to do the entire route, tram nr.28 goes from Martim Moniz square (just in front of LX4U Apartments) to Campo de Ourique – Prazeres and it takes approximately 45 minutes. So, to get to your starting point, it will take you around 1.30 hours and you’ll need to pay for 2 journeys. Another traditional route is tram nr.15, which departs from Figueira square (1min. walk from Martim Moniz square) and takes you to Belém district (St. Jerome Monastery and the Tower of Belém). The trams start at 5.30 a.m. and finish at 9 p.m. (Source : LX4U Apartments, Lisbon)

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05 APRIL 2018, 08:31 The Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square) is located in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. Situated near the Tagus river, the square is still commonly known as Terreiro do Paço ([tɨˈʁɐjɾu du ˈpasu]; English: Palace Yard), because it was the location of the Paços da Ribeira (Royal Ribeira Palace) until it was destroyed by the great 1755 Lisbon earthquake. After the earthquake, the square was completely remodelled as part of the rebuilding of the Pombaline Downtown, ordered by Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, 1st Marquis of Pombal, who was the Minister of the Kingdom of Portugal from 1750 to 1777, during the reign of Dom José I, King of Portugal (Wikipedia)
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Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) – Lisbon Portugal, Spring 04/04/2018 . The 52 m (171 ft) monument was initiated in Nov 1958 (about 60 years ago) on the northern bank of the Tagus River estuary, in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém, Lisbon. Located along the river where ships departed to explore and trade with India and Orient, the monument celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery (or Age of Exploration) during the 15th and 16th centuries. Captured this image when we visited the wide open space by the Tagus River on Wednesday afternoon, windy with brighter weather (Wikipedia)

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The Belvedere of Our Lady of Hill, the highest peak in Lisbon. It’s true, the best way to know Lisbon and to fell in love with the city is conquering this hill where you will enjoy the best views of the town and the river with  full image of the Vasco Dagama bridge. Most of the visitors took the easy way to arrive here by taking the famous 28 tram but for the two of us hiking  for about half hour walk up to the peak was just nice for our bloated tummy  (after 3 days of delicious Lisbon Cuisine)  
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Lisbon City from the Lady of the Mount viewpoint. The first habitation that existed near this place was built in 1147 after the reconquest of Lisbon. It was dedicated to St. Gens Lisbon who had been bishop of the city long before the reconquest and it would have been martyred on this site. The Augustinian friars, who took over the hermitage, placed inside the stone chair that belonged to the saint. Around this chair emerged a legend according to which pregnant ladies to sit there, had uncomplicated births. The woman herself D. João V, D. Maria Anna of Austria, was there to sit when she was pregnant of the heir to the throne. After the earthquake of 1755, which was devastating to the surrounding area, the hermitage was practically destroyed. The current chapel was built in 1796, a location a little above the original site and is the architect Honorato José Teixeira work. Inside was again placed the chair of St. Gens. In 1921, the Augustinian friars of Grace were transferred from the shrine to the Convent of Our Lady of Grace. Next to the chapel there is the Lady of Mount Lookout Point, with a beautiful view over the Castle of São Jorge and downtown Lisbon. (Source : LX4U Apartments, Lisbon)

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Lisbon Portugal
Thursday, 05th April 2018

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