Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Portugal spreadsheet is

growing and unfortunately, so is my suitcase!!!
This time next week we will be arriving into Lisbon or, as the Portuguese call it, Lisboa and I can't wait to take in this magical city...
Lisbon, Portugal at night.
A bit about our first stop as we embark on a 2 week odyssey of Portugal...
Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal with the urban area extending beyond the city limits and a a population of over 3 million making it the 11th most populous urban area in the European Union
Streetcars in Lisbon, Portugal
Not only is Lisbon the westernmost largest city in Europe, it is also its westernmost capital and the only one along the Atlantic lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus (Tejo).
Late afternoon light falling on a Lisbon, Portugal, skyline.
Recognized as a global city because of its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, artsinternational trade, education, and tourism, Lisbon is one of the major economic centers on the continent, with a growing financial sector and the second largest container port on Europe's Atlantic coast.
Lisbon Coast Holidays
The city is the 7th most-visited in Southern Europe, after IstanbulRomeBarcelonaMadridAthens and Milan and I'm happy to say that I've been to 4 and, after this trip, 5 of them!A tram passing in Lisbon, Portugal.
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest city in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by hundreds of years.  Julius Caesar made it a municipium called Felicitas Julia, adding to the name Olissipo.  Ruled by a series of Germanic tribes from the fifth century, it was captured by the Moors in the eighth century.  In 1147, the Crusaders under Afonso Henriques reconquered the city and since then it has been a major political, economic, and cultural center of Portugal. Parque Eduardo VII, Copyright: Lydia Evans/Apa Publications LtdOnce the center of the richest empire in Europe, Lisbon now faces one of the worst financial crises in the EU. But even as it struggles with rising debt and unemployment, it is the home to two sites listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage SiteBelém Tower...
and Jerónimos Monastery...
that I'm hoping we get to visit on this trip.  Furthermore, in 1994, Lisbon was the European Capital of Culture and in 1998 organised an Expo '98 (1998 Lisbon World Exposition).
Aside from it's beauty, Lisbon enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm winters and hot summers and although it won't be beach weather while we're there, temps will be in the 70's making it ideal for sightseeing...Lisbon, Portugal at night.
Lisbon, Portugal at night.

more eating...
In Portugal, snails are a bar snack, a plate piled with maybe two or three dozen miniature hulls.
and of course drinking...

Ahhh, I feel faint just thinking about all the fun times we're going to have...must rest!
Oysho in Lisbon
Adeus para agora


  1. Exciting!!! Cannot wait to see pic and your check ins on Foursquare! Where will you become a mayor this time!

    This makes me even more excited (if that's possible) for our trip to Barcelona!

    Rome will be out next trip after this!

    1. Hope to claim mayorship everywhere! When do you leave for Barcelona. that city and make sure u take the faniculor to Monjouk (spelling? )

  2. July! Counting the days!

    I am sure that you will claim mayorship of cities there like you did in Italia!


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