Lisbon cascades down many hills to the waterfront along the great River Tagus
making it one of the world's most beautiful capital cities.
We arrived early morning as the city awoke.
The second longest suspension bridge in Europe - first named the Salazar, now officially
the 25 April Bridge, but also answers to the name of the Tagus Bridge, or just 'the Bridge'.
Early morning ferries.
Once ashore we headed to the Hop On Hop Off bus knowing we would require
transportation up those hills. Unfortunately the weather was very cold and although
we started out on the open top deck - dressed in layers - we were so cold and
windblown, that we had to move to the lower enclosed deck which of course
was not conducive to taking photos.
Quite honestly I was frozen and really miserable on this particular sightseeing
trip - it took me forever to get warm again - and I felt somewhat glum when we
did get off the bus and walked, which we probably would have enjoyed more
for our entire visit to this lovely city.
Looking down from the hillsides of Lisbon.
Lunch at a small restaurant where the chef and waiter were lovely guys,
all the other customers were locals, and our food was prepared to order.
The Portuguese wine was excellent.
Thankfully I felt warm again after this stop!
Here you can get the feeling of the narrow, hilly streets.
We walked a few once off the bus and have to admit they were
quite a workout.
Torre de Belém - the five-storey fortress built between 1515 and 1521 to
guard the approach to the city by water.
Lisbon was actually our first port of call on the cruise in December.
Next time I'll share our last stop before returning to England, the interesting
city of La Coruña in northern Spain.