Hi incurable travelers,
As we told you yesterday, in Praca de Figueira we took one of the famous yellow tram, number 12 in the direction of Alfama.
We chose not to take the famous yellow tram. 28 because of it always very full and especially beloved place of pick-pocketing and on the advice of Elisa we took, in fact, the yellow tram n. 12 which would have allowed living the emotion of the old tram and there would still be conducted in place of Lisbon that we wanted.
Also in Lisbon, we wanted to report a unique shop that overlooks the square de Figueira, The Hospital de Boneca, the hospital of the dolls.
A store that as a vocation had and still has the repair of broken toys, especially dolls (but not only), now as well as lead to repair the games, you can buy dolls and lovely items for dollhouses and you can also visit the museum which is set up inside like a real hospital with acceptance, operating room, emergency ….
Again we had to return to be able to enter because it’s closed on Sundays.
After this digression we resume our pleasant wander around with a detour into the heart of Alfama, with its narrow streets and small houses that bear the marks of Moorish origins and overlook the river.
Many are the attractions of the Alfama area, among them the Museum of Fado, but mostly self Patriarcal, namely the Lisbon Cathedral, built in the twelfth century by the first Portuguese King flies over the most important town, the Romanesque style was the centuries remodeled according to the Gothic style.
Characteristic the two imposing towers. A few steps away, in a small square, is also Santo Antonio da Sé, the church of the late eighteenth century as a unique attraction that has to be built over the birthplace of Sant ‘Antonio from Padua, which as many know is named after the city where he lived and died.
Since we padovani we could not not come to pay a visit to the cell in which it is thought he was born and where he came to pray even Pope John Paul II. Next door is a museum that preserves the popular Antonian iconographic material, also quite curious.
We realized that the religious sentiment towards the Santo very strong and leads to organize majestic celebrations on the occasion of 13 June for all the alleys and streets of Alfama, parties that have little religious and very convivial. In Lisbon, the relationship with the Saints is less stiff and formal than the Italian sentiment, they are also depicted in a seemingly irreverent.
Leave the Alfama we headed to the Praca do I trade to enjoy the sunset along the river, but our plans have been ruined by a sudden downpour that forced us to take refuge in a bar for a cup of hot chocolate.
How quickly arrived, so fast it is gone, but now no sunset it was spoken over and then instead of a romantic walk along the river, we fell back on a side trip to the Market da Ribeira, which is a shed divided in half, the first half is dedicated to the city market, the other half is made up of many pits that serve as restaurants. Under one roof you can find different types of food and different kinds of food served, the traditional dish to Asian food, up to dishes prepared by real chefs.
Our impression was not to be in a place specially created for tourists and very artifact and then although it was not we almost time for dinner stopped to eat.
We, however, hailed the prepared and patient Elisa and took the metro to Cais do Sodre we returned to the hotel, tired and too hot and sweaty (we had far too heavy jacket for the Lisbon temperate climate), but happy to have enjoyed the visit Lisbon has many facets and many views, always caressed by the breeze of the Tagus.
Our journey continues with a hike to the Left and the west of Portugal point, but that’s another story of which I speak in the article: Two incurable travelers in Sintra while the beginning of the story of our trip to Lisbon, you can find it in the article: Two incurable travelers in Lisbon.
For more information:
Turismo de Lisboa
Visitors & Convention Bureau
Rua do Arsenal, 15
Tel. +351210312700 – Fax +351210312899
Visit Lisboa: www.visitlisboa.com
Where to stay: During our trip to Lisbon, we stayed at the Grand Hotel Altis, for more information and reservations: www.altishotels.com/lisbona
How to get there:
The easiest and fastest way to reach Portugal is definitely the plane.
We flew with the company TAP Portugal and we remind you that TAP Portugal flights from Rome, Milan, Bologna and Venice to Lisbon from € 114 a / r inclusive rate. All rates include a meal on board, a checked baggage max 23 kg + max 8 kg hand.
Online check-in and mobile check-in from 72 hours up to 90 minutes before departure of the flight, with the boarding pass to print or show from your mobile device. Free app for info on flight and destination chosen and automatic notifications via e-mail and text messages on purchased flights.
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Distances: 2,538 km Rome, Milano 2,150 Km, Venezia 2404 Km.
Documents: For european citizen none, even if it getting better bring along the identity card.
Lisbon weather: Climate almost always mild, autumn rains that make possible the melancholy and mysterious atmosphere.
Time: – 1 hour of difference with Italy.
Voltage Electricity: The electric current is like in Italy, to 220 volts. The Portuguese has taken two round inputs. Bring along the adapter.
Recommended period: All year.