Lisbon Apr 08
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Over for a few days in April 08. Had been before, as my brother spent 10 years working here, but had stayed out with him in Cascais. First time since he had moved and therefore first time actually staying in the city itself. Yet another trip to see a game, this season was costing me a fortune and it wasn't over yet.
Went via Amsterdam,and with a real early flight,out of Glasgow, had enough time to go into Amsterdam for a while before going back to Schipol for the onward flight to Lisbon. Didn't wander far though as I wanted to make sure I would make it back to the airport.
Lisbon airport is very close to the city centre,in fact when flying in,depending on the wind direction, you practically skim the high rises in town before landing.
Decided as it was raining to go up to Campo Grande and do a recce of the ground. Sporting Lisbon play at the Estadio Jose Alvalade and it was only 4 stops away. Had a look round it and it looked OK and then went to the shop as one of the women in my work had asked me to get a Sporting Lisbon strip for her son( it looks quite like a Celtic strip :-O ). With that done we headed down to the Cais De Sodre, where when I first went to Lisbon there was an irish bar called Henneseys. It had changed hands now but we still went in and then found a nearby reastaurant to get something to eat.
Met another couple of Bears and we decided to get a taxi and head up to the Hard Rock Cafe. Seems to be one in every city in the world, but this was the worst I've come across for drugs, not inside the pushers were kept on the pavement. Must have been approached 4 times between the taxi and the door. Every time I went out for a cigarette they still tried,after a few times the price had dropped from €150 to €100 and eventually getting really fed up I offered the guy €40. He tried to squeeze more money out of me but then decided to go for it and then I told him I was only kidding and for him to bugger off :-) . Got a taxi back to the hotel,which again wasn't that expensive.
Decided in the morning that we would go to the Christo Rei and headed down to Cais De Sodre to go to the ferry across to Cacilhas.
walked along the front and came to the Monument to the Discoverers and the old lighthouse before going to the tower. It looks great just sitting on the ede of the water but although it was used as a defensive fort, you look at it and think they had to be joking.
Back at the train station we decided to head out to Cascais for old times sake. Nice train ride along the coast and took about half an hour to get there. It does have a great beach but it wasn't the weather for it, but it was the weather for the Boca De Inferno, a series of caves eroded into the cliff with a narrow inlet so that when the waves swell in they crash loudly into it. Incredible noise and you have to shout to make yourself heard and it was great that day with the sea being so rough. Went to the pub there,Chequers, that was my brothers local and we'd spent many nights in, and here we had dinner as well.
Day of the game and a few more mates were arriving and we met them at Rossio, the main square about lunchtime. Went to the Hard Rock before they had to leave to get their buses and gordon and I went up to the ground on the metro. A 2-0 away win made it a great trip for us, and meant yet more expense to go to the next round.
Having been so many times before I wasn't pushing it to go and see a lot of the stuff. I chose the Cristos Rei and Belem as staying out in Cascais previously I had really just passed them on the train on the way into Lisbon.