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Lisbon, Portugal

September 13th, 2011

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Lisbon parks index:

Eduardo VII Park

Gulbenkian Gardens

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Do any of these statements sound familiar?

This city is a cheap visit!

Drivers are crazy on the streets!

Everyone speaks English here!

Restaurant and hotel service isn’t all that it should be.

The wine and the food are spectacular!

Drug dealers accost you day and night.

Portuguese are wonderful, helpful, kind people!

Take a snack with you, cuz dinner doesn’t start in restaurants till 7.30!!

Lisbon’s history and architecture will dazzle you!

 

When you’ve travel to many destinations, the dazzle of seeing a new city, meeting its people and eating & drinking its food and wine, do not come without noticing the negative sides of the city in which you stand. The robust traveler notes the negatives and then pushes on toward all the great things he finds with not much effort. In Lisbon, two places you can relax during your touring are Eduardo VII Park and the Gulbenkian Gardens.

Lisbon is an Old World city of immense pleasures, beautiful sights, and authentic cultural experiences. From fado singers found in a rich café culture, to Carnival — celebrated in the days leading up to lent — that reaches back hundreds of years, Lisbon’s lifestyle will suit yours. Lisbon is also a modern city in flavor and texture, where rock ‘n roll and spectator sports capture the attention and imagination of youths.

Some of the best of Lisbon comes from its touristic sites. The Jeronimos Monastery is the most impressive symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. The monastery was populated by monks of the Order of Saint Jerome (Hieronymites), whose spiritual job was to give guidance to sailors and pray for the king’s soul.

In a tip-of-the-hat to modernity, Lisbon’s Oceanarium is one of the world’s largest aquariums. It is a deep-sea diving experience without any of the risks, with about 25,000 fish, seabirds, and mammals in an enormous central tank that is the size of four Olympic-sized swimming pools. Visitors can look into it from different levels for close-ups of the various creatures, including different species of sharks.

Saint George’s Castle can be seen from almost everywhere in the city. Its oldest parts date from the 6th century, when it was fortified by the Romans, Visigoths, and eventually the Moors. It served as a Moorish royal residence until Portugal’s first king Afonso Henriques captured it in 1147 with the help of northern European crusaders on their way to the Holy Land. It is now an oasis of peace, but just past the main gate is a statue of King Afonso Henriques and a series of cannons, reminders of the castle’s original purpose. Visitors can climb the towers and walk along the ramparts.

(read more about Lisbon’s highlights here)

 

 

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