Lovely Lisbon

Lisbon Travel Blog

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The overnight bus ride is definitely hard going.  The ride is smooth, but the room between the seats is seriously lacking meaning we both didn't really get much sleep - especially Craig.  The bus arrived at the main terminal around 7am so we got off and made our way to the metro.  It's quite a new looking metro system which was good.  Didn't take long before we were on the trains on the way to Baixa-Chiado station to get to our hostel.

Being so early and exhausted from the bus ride all we wanted to do was check-in and crash for a while - but of course check in wasn't until 12 so we dropped our bags off and headed out into the city for some breakfast and somewhere to relax for a while.  We went looking for a cafe but most in that area didn't open till about 10 so no luck, so we headed towards the water in hopes that perhaps we could lie on the beach for a while.
  We stumbled upon a little cafe which was open so stopped in there for some coffee.  We also had a quick little bite to eat and afterwards was feeling a little better.

As we had a fair amount of time to waste we thought we might as well take a little walk around and try to do some sight seeing.  We kept heading towards the water, but some government buildings blocked our way so we made our way to the Praca do Comercio which is a large square with a big monument in the centre.  Usually the rest of the square is probably empty, but this time there were a whole heap of plastic trees which had been painted by what looked like school children.  We had a good walk around looking at most of the paintings before heading throught the large arches and up into the high street of Lisbon.

This are is the shopping district with various stores lining the streets.  It was mostly dead as we walked through as the shops hadn't opened or were only just setting up.  The end opened up to a large square with a fountain and monument.  We headed up the hill along the main avenue to the large park.  It was here we sat and rested for a while.  Eventually it became closer to our check-in time so we headed back down the hill and into the hostel.

We decided to get some rest for a bit as it was desperately needed.  Later that day we headed out and walked around the nearby areas, looking at all the bars.  We stopped in one and enjoyed some cocktails.  Bec's Mum had told us that Portugal has good curries so once we were done, we headed up a different hill towards the castle above the old town for a meal.  The restaurant was quite small but the smells were great and the food even better.  It was good that it was all down hill back to the hostel as we rolled out of there feeling very full.
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