Lisbon, Portugal

                                                                 Explorer’s Monument

October 23, 2009

Lisbon, Portugal was a return visit for us; we had visited there on the 2008 World Cruise.  The tour we took this time included both a river tour and a bus tour.  The river tour was nice because we got to see some of the famous landmarks like the Explorers’ Monument and Belem Tower from the water.  We enjoyed seeing Henry the Navigator, at the head of the Explorers’ Monument, with a seagull on his head.  Everything we saw on this tour was familiar from our last visit.  The same was true for the bus portion of the tour.  The bus part was exciting because it ended up getting stuck at the bottom of a hill at an intersection, because the front end was too low.  We held up traffic for a significant period of time (to those around us), while the driver got the situation straightened out.  We decided to get off the bus at the commercial center so we could take care of some errands.  Out of the three, we got one completed.  We thought we might walk back to the ship, but soon realized it was too far, so then we started looking for a cab.  Finding an empty one was not easy, but eventually we did.  We still had something of a wait to get back on the ship because several busloads of people had arrived right about the same time we did, so we were at the end of a long line.  The line did move fairly quickly, and we were glad to get back to our cabin, where we could relax.

There are several tour options available in Lisbon.  Last time Susan did a city tour that also took her up to Estoril, a resort area.  We would be okay with not going back to Lisbon again; it doesn’t hold much of further interest.  It is, however, a nice city, and one worth visiting.

There are more photos in this album.

Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge with Cristo Rei

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