Wednesday, 9 September 2009
The next stop on our cruise was Lisbon - it was also one of my favourites which is why I couldn't limit myself to just a few photos!
The first photo is of a memorial to the famous explorers of Portugal - it amazes me that these men set off without knowing if or what they might find or if they'd ever make it home again.
I was interested to be told that the Spanish & the Portugese decided to divide the world in half so they could expore & colonise their half without encroaching on each other.....who asked the rest of the world if they wanted to be divided up?
We visited the Maritime museum where they had a display of the royal barges which are very sumptuous & decorated in gold.
Our next stop was a church which apparently was the only building to survive an earthquake which flattened the rest of Lisbon centuries ago.
A view towards the sea & over the city.
Of course no visit to Lisbon is complete without a visit to a pastry shop for a few of their famous custard tarts (this one's for you Michele!)
There were a number of street entertainers including this man with a tiny dog sitting on a box!
On departing we sailed under this huge suspension bridge - it has a road on top & railway line underneath - it is huge but as you can see we were pretty close to it underneath - I wondered if a ship with 15 decks would fit underneath but it did (just!).
Our final view of Lisbon as we sailed away.......