Curiosities of Lisbon!!!

Ok so this is a quant nice city I like. Growing up near Portuguese communites I always heard about the country and even learn the language first. It so happened was lucky enough to eventually visit the whole lenght of the country and confirm my thoughts on the niceties of it. Lisbon is with us since heard the song Lisboa Antigua and again lucky enough to eventually visit it several times. As in many cases in my blog, have pictures not yet included and feel they must be in my blog. Therefore, here are some additional niceties of my curiosities of Lisbon; hope you enjoy it as I.

Coming by air from Nantes, France was always the route direct to Lisbon or Porto or routed by Madrid. The Humberto Delgado Airport of Lisbon is smallish but modern and nice easy to navigate. The airport webpage has plenty of easy to follow information told better than I can explain it, but again very easy believe me. The Lisbon airport webpage:

Once arriving, the way into the city is by taxi or the easy metro. The metro has four lines with colors as green, red, blue, and yellow. In Portuguese these are verde, vermelha, azul and amarela. The cost is 1,50€ very nice and I did get a chargeup card or Viva Viagem very convenient it cost 50 cents euro. Recommended if planning several trips by metro in Lisbon. From the airport you take the line vermelha or red. The metro of Lisbon webpage:

I then proceeded to my hotel, this change once use one twice the rest of the times there use a different hotel each time. The anecdote that was fun at the end was staying at the Radisson Blu nearest the airport. The hotel was the Radisson Blu at Campo Grande; just wonderful facilities, great service, excellent food. I had missed my flight due to the connection arriving late so needed to stay an extra night in Lisbon (nice after all), and got me booked this hotel. Memorable moment and welcome was awesome. 2nd pic is from my hotel room…The hotel webpage:

lisbon hotel radisson blu hotel front near airport dec12

lisbon hotel radisson blu hotel room 520 to city mar17

From the city center I went out by car to different parts of Portugal always memorable. My favorite trip was going to PortoThe main north south are A1 taken all the time going north to Porto by Vila Franca de Xira. The roads are good easy to use me think and we found ways to avoid the tolls (extra driving time but glorious ride). The  estrada highway traffic official webpage :

And this in English, tells you how to pay and go about on the tolls of the highways of Portugal

One of the delights of visiting Lisbon is to find my favorite Spanish dept store El Corte Inglés there. It has everything and if with short on time a nice one stop shopping. The store is in a nice area just northern entry to the parque Eduardo VII nearest metro Sao Sebastiâo line red and blue(vermelha and azul). This is a great walk and super store , recommended. The official webpage:

lisbon el corte ingles pl espagna may15

Not my experience with trains in Portugal but the train station in Ferro de Rossio is a wonderful architectural gem worth seeing.  Praça de Dom Pedro IV (better known as Rossio). officially is the Pedro IV Square  or  Praça de D. Pedro IV  is located in the other extreme. Being one of the main squares since the Middle Ages. It has been the setting of popular revolts and celebrations, bullfights and executions, and is now a preferred meeting place of Lisbon natives and tourists alike. The current name of the Rossio pays homage to Pedro IV, King of Portugal. The Column of Pedro IV is in the middle of the square. Here you have another metro station Rossio on the Green line as well as the train station by same name (previously called Central). 



Another interesting building past by and worthy for it architecture is the city hall of Lisbon. The Lisbon City Hall , built in the neoclassical style, its monumental façade features a large pediment over a central balcony with sculptures , and four oculi. Inside, it has a remarkable central staircase, and paintings by several artists. Since the 1930s and 1940s, the building had seen successive architectural additions, to the point where even a new floor was added over the rooftop.


The Lisbon tourist office

The Portugal tourist board on Lisbon

The city of Lisbon what to do/see

There you go folks, another dandy spots from pretty quant Lisbon. Hope you enjoy the post, and see my many other posts on Lisbon and Portugal in my blog. I am always looking forward to be back….

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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