2015 European Adventure travel blog

Interesting sausage at the night market

View from the Castle

Many Smart cars park like this

Destroyed Carmo church which was turned into an archeological museum

Just because I can't resist flowers

Jose and Cristina had arranged to pick us up in time to leave Sintra at 9:00am. This was to ensure that Todd and Deborah could make their 11am flight to Paris. We said our final goodbyes to our new friends and headed for Lisbon. It was much too early to check into our BnB so we left our bags there and walked into the city centre. Since Bruce and Gina had not yet been to the Castelo de San Jorge, the moorish fort which overlooks the town, we caught a tram uphill and then walked the final couple of hundred metres to the entry. Up to then I had forgotten that Maree and I had visited the fort on the last occasion that we had been in Lisbon. Nevertheless we went in again and had a pleasant time re-viewing the sights.

Most of the rest of the day was devoted to wandering about Lisbon, remembering where we had been before. After a lunch of soup and bread we made our way to the archaeological centre which is in an old church partially destroyed in the 1755 earthquake and never rebuilt. There were some quite interesting exhibits including two mummies from Central America. We retired to our rooms for a rest before heading back to town for dinner. Somehow we ended up in a tourist restaurant where the service was perfunctory and the meal was most ordinary. Poor Maree was really out of luck because her first choice, roast pork with roast potatoes was no longer available and her second choice of roast chicken with roast potatoes came instead with chips and rice. After she complained Maree finally got her roast potatoes but they apparently tasted like they had been made yesterday and most of the breast of her half chook was too dry to eat. Altogether an unsatisfactory meal! On our way back to the accommodation we passed through a market where foods and drinks were on sale and, in retrospect, would have made a much tastier and more satisfactory meal. At least we managed to have some nice gelato for dessert.

Well, it is after 11pm on our last day in Portugal. Tomorrow we will be heading home but I should get some time to finish off my trip journals. Thank you for reading I hope that you have enjoyed our journeys

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