This isn't Lisbon. If you squint reeaalll hard, you can see the Empire State Building. (It's kinda toward the front of the airplane) This is as close to NYC as I got.Departure from Newark, NJ: 6:00 PM
Arrival at Lisbon Airport: 6:00 AM
Sleeping time: Maybe 15 min.
When arriving at our hotel, our hosts inform us DO NOT GO TO SLEEP! Go for a walk! And to prove their point, they inform us that our rooms are not ready until after noon... So we walk to a local park that has a giant Portuguese flag and get slammed with the venders trying to sell us sunglasses and tablecloths (yes-we were suckers!)
The elevator downtown. This city is built on hills. 7 hills. This is why Portuguese people are skinny-they hike up and down hills all day.
View from top of elevator!
Inside of the chapel of the Monastery of the Jeronimos. This place is HUGE AND DARK! Thank heavens for my fabulously awesome new camera lens which allowed me to take pretty dang decent photos without a flash...
I told you they worship their discoverers. This is Vasco de Gama....his burial spot....remember from World History? yes? no? He discovered the route to India around the Cape of Good Hope in Africa......ahhhhhh yes!
Tower of Belem. A fortress in the Tagus River to protect the city from invading Moors and various other foreign types. This is another HUGE monument-very, very, very old.
Our FAVORITE tour in Lisbon. The palace at Sintra. This place was incredible. It started out as a monastery in the 1500s and then one of the kings decided he liked it too much to allow the priests to live there so he added on to it and made it his "summer palace." The royalty used it up until about World War II...
This is the western most point of Europe, Cabo Roca......a stone's throw to your left and you are tumbling down the cliff into the Atlantic Ocean....next stop..... NYC.
And finally, who could resist meeting the elders on Sunday at the Benfica Ward. They were so happy to see us-and we were so happy to see them! We hopped on a taxi from our hotel and showed up 15 minutes late.....when the meetings were done, they kindly called us a taxi to take us back because we had no idea where we were!
Stay tuned for more fascinating photos and hair raising stories!