Lisbon #1, Portugal – September 2013

October 27, 2013

Leaving Cabo da Roca, we headed west to Lisbon, the Capital of Portugal. With a population of 580,000, this City has endured numerous Kings & Rulers battling it out over whose God or Prophet or Savior was the best. The kings were raking in the gold and other treasures from the many Portuguese colonies around the world and building fortresses, castles, and churches. Then there were dictators doing the same. There is a rich history to be explored, and we can’t possibly show you everything in a short blog.

The occasional tourist boat took us back a few hundred years.

The occasional tourist boat took us back a few hundred years.

Following the advice of other campers, we found an ideal site near the Ferry Terminal of Belém. It was safe, well lit, and close to more than half of the must-see attractions in Lisbon. Within walking distance of our campsite on the River Tejo, we were able to visit the Monastery of Jerónimos, the Tower of Belém and the Discoveries Monument all in one day. Both the Monastery and Belém Tower are World Heritage Sites, and the Discoveries Monument is something we couldn’t miss since it was literally just down the street from where we lived.

We did spend a few pleasant mornings sitting on our riverfront porch sipping coffee, or maybe in the evenings a little Port we had brought with us from that city. The occasional tourist boat took us back a few hundred years and in the distance, one might be convinced that we were looking at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Hopefully some of these pictures give you a little impression of this wonderful city.

 

 

 

 

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