First day in Lisbon - day 41
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Even though Lisbon, Portugal is a large city (it’s the capital of Portugal, and yet another city supposedly founded by the Phoenicians who must have really gotten around in those BC days), we thought we could manage without a formal tour. After all we’d done pretty well in Barcelona which is another large city. We thought we’d just take the train into the Praca Do Comercio (main commercial square and right on the waterfront) and then walk to a bus stop for one of those “hop on hop off” busses. It sounded good but took us longer than it should have to find the train station. On the bright side, in the process we did find some promising cafes on the waterfront near the ship before we finally figured out there was an underground entrance to get to the aboveground train.
We finally made it onto one of the busses (which plays Fado music constantly) and rode around looking at the city. Lisbon looks like nowhere else. It was largely destroyed by an earthquake and rebuilt with many Art Noveau buildings stretched along grassy, tree-shaded parks. The streets are wide and the shopping is wonderful. There is a humongeous department store called El Corte Ingles which rated its own stop on the “hop on hop off” bus. We hopped off and spent most of the afternoon in this and surrounding stores. For once I didn’t buy books but I did help my husband find Mother’s Day presents for me. (Every wife-and-mother reading this knows what I mean.)
Afterwards we walked down the hill to a restaurant named Gambrina near the National Theater for an early dinner before heading back to the ship.