Memories of Lisbon – 1

Lisbon was a 2 day stop on our Holland America transatlantic cruise last fall, 2012.  We were also in Lisbon for a week in the fall of 2008.  It was fun returning to a place we knew.  I’m including pictures from both trips.

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Lisbon sits just a little ways inland on the Tagus river, a perfectly protected port.  Our ship docked right in town.  You could take a bus but we walked the half mile to the Baixa – Lisbon’s downtown area. 

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The large plaza on the waterfront is called Praça do Comércio. 

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King Jose I was covered for repairs or cleaning during our 2012 visit.

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Rua Augusta, Lisbon’s Main Street in the Baixa, is pedestrian only.  (They were decorating for Christmas both times we were here!)

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The streets and walkways of Lisbon are one of it’s main attractions.  The black and white stones are everywhere.  The story is that they are a memorial to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Lisbon in 1755.  30,000 to 40,000 people were killed in Lisbon and the tsunami traveled as far as Galway, Ireland!  The black stones are there to never forget those who died and the white to remember those who carried on and rebuilt the city after the disaster.

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Lisbon has a couple tasty pastry specialties: Pasteis de Nata (cream tarts) and Travesseiros (puff pastry with sugar).

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We did not try these but I would have liked a shell.…

Lisbon is a great walking city with pretty plaza’s and fountains.

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This florist shop caught my eye on both trips!

Any street will take you past buildings covered in a riot of colored tiles, paint and stone.

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To be continued……….

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Gracia's Travels is a photo blog. I always take too many pictures on trips so I justify my compulsion with this blog! The blog is mostly photos - they tell the best part of the story. Please contact me if you would like to use any of my photos.
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5 Responses to Memories of Lisbon – 1

  1. Catherine says:

    Was feeling a bit out of sorts this evening and then one of Gracia’s great travelogues/photo essays arrived. Perfect timing — now all is adventure and exploring once again. Thanks so much for all the work you put into these!

  2. Alison Erickson says:

    Yes – I agree – I also look forward to your posts and gorgeous photos. These of Lisbon are exquisite – what a beautiful place. I like the pigeons on the statues; plus you managed to get in the kitty pictures!

  3. Janet Freeman says:

    Gracia, Thanks for these excellent pictures. I was in Lisbon in the 70’s and your pics were such a reminder of the beauty of the city. It has changed little. I remember all the apartment windows were sparkling clean. It’s a lovely place.

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