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June 4, 2022

The public transports of Lisbon!

In a way, I always wanted to visit Lisbon since my parents sang to me Lisboa Antigua! I was lucky growing up with Portuguese communites in the US and many of my teammates were from there. Therefore, the country was always ringing in my ears and was able to learned the language before even visiting Portugal (Brazil trips helped too). And as the world turns was again lucky to eventually visit the whole lenght of the country and confirm my thoughts on the niceties of it. Lisbon is the crown jewel me think and have visited several times in the last few years with plenty of posts in my blog as well as other parts of Portugal,(see posts). 

However, felled short in telling you that even thus took the road warrior ways in Portugal , did a lot of public transports in Lisbon. Therefore, here is my introduction post on public transports of Lisbon!

Of course, one of the countries not been by road but always by air either from Paris, Nantes, Madrid or A Coruña.  The Humberto Delgado Airport of Lisbon is smallish but modern and nice easy to navigate. The airport of Lisbon has plenty of easy to follow information told better than I can explain it, but again very easy believe me. webpage: https://www.aeroportolisboa.pt/en

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The metro has four lines with colors as green, red, blue, and yellow. In Portuguese these are verde, vermelha, azul and amarela. You get a charge up card or Viva Viagem very convenient. Recommended if planning several trips by metro in Lisbon. From the airport you take the line vermelha or redThe metro of Lisbon: https://www.metrolisboa.pt/en/

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I took the metro several stations even moving inside Lisbon from Picoas to Saldanha,that in this line takes you to the airport in about 40 minutes. The station at Praça dos Restauradores is awesome. The metro to use sparingly but is a great bargain indeed.

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Inside Lisbon two elevators or lifts worth taken for the thrill of it are:

The Elevador de Glória at  the base of the Avenida da Libertade has its lower station. It allows you to quickly reach the nearby Bairro Alto and admire the panorama from the Sao Pedro de Alcantara lookout.  Commissioned in 1885, the Glória elevator is the most popular of the famous  Lisbon’s historic elevators. The Lisbon tourist office on it: https://www.visitlisboa.com/en/places/elevador-da-gloria

From the same Avenida da Liberdade which you will take on your right. This leads you to the Elevador do Lavra . This is the oldest of Lisbon’s famous historic elevators c. 1882. It was electrified and modernized in 1915, powered by the Santos power plant created for the electric network of of electric trams. It goes up and down the Calçada do Lavra for 188 meters with an average slope of almost 23%.It climbs the hill from Largo da Anunciada, by Avenida da Liberdade, to Rua Câmara Pestana, which is a short walk from the garden and viewpoint of Torel. The Lisbon tourist office on miradouro dd Torel and elevator: https://www.visitlisboa.com/en/places/miradouro-do-torel

The road warrior in me have taken me to near the Spanish border north and south, to Faro in the south of Portugal (where my oldest son’s godfather José lived now passed away RIP), and the most traveled the main north south road 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 official estrada highway real time traffic: https://servicos.infraestruturasdeportugal.pt/pt-pt/viajar-na-estrada/transito-em-tempo-real

And, the official Portugal Tolls site for paying tolls in Portugal if you must : https://www.portugaltolls.com/en

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Further webpages to help you plan your trip to pretty Portugal and awesome Lisbon are

The Lisbon tourist office on its heritage: https://www.visitlisboa.com/en/regions/lisbon

The city of LIsbon on public transports: https://www.lisboa.pt/cidade/mobilidade/meios/transportes-publicos

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….The city is easy to manoeuver ,yes!

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

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June 4, 2022

Monasterio San Juan de la Peña part II !!!

So as usual lately digging into my vault of pictures, I found several that needs to be in my blog and would allow me to expand on this off the beaten path marvel of Aragon. I , do my road warrior trip, this time base in Jaca and took to this  remote area and to me of the hidden wonders of the world. Let me share with you this one as new text and older pictures that needs to be told to the world. The San Juan de la Peña Monastery is awesome!! Hope you enjoy the post as I, and see part I in my blog.

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As it goes driving around and walking  in Jaca province of Huesca in the autonomous region of Aragon, stop by the tourist office and voilà  got me  a pamphlet about this monastery. As usual as it seems and close by I went for it and was the hightlight of the trip with memorable moments for the family. The Monasterio de San Juan de la Peña is worth a detour!! It is located 23 km from Jaca and 2 km from the village of Santa Cruz de la Serós.

The Monastery of San Juan de la Peña consists of two constructions: the monasterio nuevo or new monastery dating from the 17C and in Baroque style, and the monasterio viejo or old monastery, from the 10C, in Romanesque style. The monastery was built in the 10C on the site of a hermitage. The Iglesia baja or lower church of Mozarabic style, was the first building built. This was consecrated in 920. Sancho the Great of Navarre founded a new center in 1025. A new Romanesque church was built. The Chapel of San Victorián was built in the 15C. Following a fire in the 17C, the monastery had to be rebuilt, this time adopting the Baroque style. However, it is the splendid Romanesque cloister that attracts visitors.

As a result of the Arab invasion, a group of hermits took refuge in the so-called Monte Pano and created a Visigothic monastery that would reach the 10C. Later, Galindo Aznárez II, Count of Aragón, conquered the lands south of the Aragón River and founded a Mozarabic church that he dedicated to saints Julián and Basilisa. Of the remains of this church or monastery are the current buildings attached to the Sala de Concilios or communal Dormitories, On this original church, King Sancho Ramírez ordered the construction of the current Romanesque church and the rest of the monastery’s dependencies. The king built this monastery for a royal pantheon. From the beginning he endowed it with large extensions of land and benefits. The Romanesque church was blessed on December 4, 1094 by the Bishop of Jaca in the presence of King Pedro I, who finished the work of his father.

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The Monasterio Viejo de San Juan de la Peña or old monastery , also called Royal Monastery of San Juan de la Peña is hidden between the rugged rocky walls of the Sierra de San Juan de la Peña, in a place that seems like the last corner of the world. The location is surprising; it was built under a huge rock that offers a disturbing protection. Its documented origin dates back to the 10C, with the foundation of a small monastic center dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. It was in the 11C when the center was expanded and became the pantheon of the kings of Aragon and Navarre, and one of the most important monasteries of the Kingdom of Aragon. Today, the exceptional Romanesque cloister stands out from the complex, under the rock. In addition to the cloister, you will, also find, in different states of conservation, the pre-Romanesque church and the council room (ground floor), the pantheon of nobles and kings, the upper church (11C), the Gothic chapel of San Victorián and the museum.

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The Monastery of San Juan de la Peña to understand the construction of a new monastery in the so-called San Indalecio meadow just a few hundred meters above, we must remember the serious fire that broke out in 1675 in the Romanesque enclosure that left it in a sorry state. In 1682, the monks left the old monastery and moved to what we know today as the New Monastery. Apart from the oldest remains of the communal dormitory and the Mozarabic church, whose naves are joined by horseshoe arches, and still today They are perfectly distinguishable, the so-called Panteón de Nobles stands out in the monastery, covered by the rock and attached to the old sacristy (current Royal Pantheón). The most important piece of San Juan de la Peña is undoubtedly its cloister, which although very modified , retains the original capitals. In the iconography the main milestones of the history of humanity can be followed through the Old and New Testaments. The one known as the New San Juan de la Peña Monastery (17-18C), dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, is located in the San Indalecio meadow, a kilometer and a half from the Old Monastery. Abandoned in the mid-19C, it has recently undergone extensive restoration to transform it into a guesthouse and the headquarters of two interpretation centres: the San Juan de la Peña and the Kingdom of Aragon.

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It was in the Monastary of San Juan de la Peña where the Holy Chalice or Grail was deposited, which Christ used in the Last Supper. Pope Sixtus handed it over to the deacon San Lorenzo, who sent it to Huesca, where it remained until the Muslim invasion, when it was taken to San Juan, until 1399, the year in which Martin I “The Human” sent for the relic to bring it to the Aljafería in Zaragoza. Alfonso V of Aragon sent the Grail to Valencia in 1424 and it has been venerated in the St Mary’s Cathedral ever since.

The official Monasterio de San Juan de la Peña : http://www.monasteriosanjuan.com/monasterio-san-juan-de-la-pena.php?L=en

The city of Jaca on the monastery: https://www.jaca.com/jacaromanica_sanjuandelapena.php

The local metro area of Jacetania on the monastery: https://turismojacetania.com/lugares.php?idio=en&Id=139

The Aragon region tourist board on the monasteryhttps://www.turismodearagon.com/en/ficha/real-monasterio-de-san-juan-de-la-pena/

There you go folks, all you need to convince you to come and see this marvel of Aragon and my Spain. The Monastery of San Juan de la Pena is a hidden gem that needs to be seen by all at least once in your lifetime. Enjoy it as we did!

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

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June 4, 2022

Castiello de Jaca up in Aragon!!!

Another wonderful experience in my beloved Spain. Driven by it so many times and passing by Jaca, Do not forget the silohuette of Castiello de Jaca passing by this wonderful Pyrénean mountains of Aragon! This is new text and older picture to remind me of this wonderful memorable family passage on our trips to Spain, Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Castiello de Jaca is in the province of Huesca and in the autonomous community of Aragon. The town’s territory is located in the mountainous massif of the Pyrenees , and in the comarca (group of towns) of Jacetania. The origin of the name of Castiello de Jaca could be linked to an ancient castle, currently in ruins. The town is 7 km from Jaca (see posts), The town of Castiello de Jaca borders Villanúa (see post) to the north and east, Jaca to the south and Borau to the west. The town is crossed from south to north by the Aragon river. The Aragonese branch of the Camino de Santiago runs through the terminus of Castiello de Jaca.

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In the upper part of the town stands the Romanesque parish Church of San Miguel from the 12C, extensively reformed in the 16-17C .Castiello de Jaca is known as the one with a thousand relics, due to the legend that indicates that these relics have been there since a pilgrim who carried them with him stopped to rest in the place, while making his pilgrimage to Santiago. When he tried to resume his journey, the sack in which he carried the relics was so heavy that he had to leave them there, since apparently the will of the relics was to remain in Castiello de Jaca. They are kept in a silver chest next to the altar largest tabernacle of the Church of San Miguel.

Other things to see are : Hermitage of Our Lady of Trujillo. Romanesque, 12C ; Hermitage of San Bartolomé. Romanesque, 12C ; Hermitage of Santa Juliana. Romanesque, 12C ; Hermitage of the Virgin of Iguácel. Romanesque, 11C, The medieval fortress, was first the Signal Tower in late Roman times, to defend the Via del Somport that the Visigoths inherited. Then border line with the Muslim world and key to the defense of the valley with its castle. In the travel books of the 18-19C through romantic Spain, when crossing the border and before reaching Jaca, one of the obligatory stops was the Posada, or Venta de Carruajes de Castiello de Jaca. It was a meeting point for travellers, merchants, pilgrims and residents of the valleys. Today ,it continues to maintain that meeting vocation.

The town of Castiello de Jaca on its heritagehttps://www.castiellodejaca.es/turismo

The metro area Jacetania on Castiello de Jaca heritagehttps://www.turismojacetania.com/lugares.php?Id=108

The Aragon region tourist office on Castiello de Jacahttps://www.turismodearagon.com/fr/ficha/castiello-de-jaca/

There you go folks, a short but memorable passing by Castiello de Jaca places that we shall return one day hopefully, and enjoy them again, recommended in off the beaten path  Castiello de Jaca, in the valley just before reaching the Pyrénées on your way to France. These trips is what makes me come back to Spain !!

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

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