We drove from Tomar to Lisbao, where we spent three very enjoyable days -- in spite of the rather cool weather. Lisbao is a nice city and we will probably go back there.
1 In spite of the dreary, rainy weather, we took a cab up to the Castelo de São Jorge, from which the view over Lisboa is quite lovely. Here, we are looking towards the Rio Tejo (Tagus) and the Praça do Comércio, a large, open square.
2 The square in the middle is probably the Praça da Figueira, seen through the mist and the rain.
3 Cannon and the Praça do Comércio
4 The central keep of the castelo
5 Swedish and Portugese beauties
6 The central keep
7 We had lunch at a cafe in the castelo and made a new friend.
8 Narrow street descending the hill of the castelo
10 View from Las Portas do Sol
12 Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, seen through the mist from Las Portas do Sol
14 We took a street car down from the castelo and rode it all the way to the end station in the remote west of the city. There, we were lost.
15 View from street car, going through the Baixa quarter, extending away from the Tejo at the Praça do Comércio
16 Lisboa traffic, seen from our hotel room and not from a taxi, fortunately
17 We spent a couple hours looking at the wonderful art in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, starting with the Egyptian room.
18 Lovely mosque lamp
19 Ghirlandaio, Portrait of a young woman
20 Rembrandt, Portrait of an old man
21 Caffieri, Bust of Molière -- bursting with life
23 Houdon, Diana
24 Rodin, of course
25 Lalique, vase
26 In the modern part of the museum
27 We also took a cab out west to visit the Ethnological Museum. Unfortunately, they do not have enough exhibit space, so the majority of their collection is not viewable. Too bad. In any case, these African statues were wonderful.
28 Pipe with figures from Angola
29 There was a special exhibit of animal puppets and masks from Mali.
30 Animal heads
32 Big Bird?
33 A collection of pot lids illustrates various activieies, such as this one showing a recption ceremony with the local chief, his wives, a foreigner and his wife, a slave serving palm wind and maybe a dog or cat.
34 And another street car
35 We took the Ascensor da Bica (funiculaire, or cable car) up to the Bairro Alto, the high quarter.
36 Looking back down the Ascensor da Bica
39 Praça de Luis de Camões, Chiado (Bairro Alto)
41 Statues of famous Portugese writers at Praça de Camões
42 Cafes in the Largo do Chiado
43 Statue of Fernando Pessoa in a cafe
44 L'avendia da Liberdade
45 Steep narrow street near the Avenida da Liberdade
46 Steep narrow street near the Avenida da Liberdade