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April 12, 2019



Image representing the port-Lisbon, Portugal

Draped across seven hills, Lisbon was once the center of a vast maritime empire that stretched from the west coast of Africa to the Spice Islands of the East Indies. Then, on November 1, 1755, a violent earthquake destroyed two-thirds of the city in the space of 10 minutes. Only the Alfama, the old Moorish quarter, survived. Today, Lisbon is a stately city of Neoclassical buildings and wide plazas.


Tour: City Walk
Beginning in the narrow streets of the Alfama, Lisbon's old Moorish Quarter, we visited the Se Cathedral, the oldest church in the city, constructed in 1147. Nestled in the heart of Alfama, this medieval-looking church features Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture and many intricate details such as the tomb of the Knight Lopo Fernandes. Our guide walked us  around the building, before emerging to head to the banks of the River Tagus. Along the way we strolled around Black Horse Square, which features fine 18th-century neoclassical buildings, and a magnificent bronze statue of a man on a horse.

We then walked along  the Rua Augusta, a charming pedestrianized street, to Rossio Square in the Baixa, Lisbon's central shopping district. Lou and I then split from our tour group and walked around Restauradores Square until we found a lovely restaurant for Lou's second paella of the trip.  We then took a taxi back to the ship.  


25 de Abril Bridge (25th April Bridge) over the River Tagus

Often considered as a twin sister of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco because of its similar design the bridge in Lisbon is actually 300 feet (100m) longer.

An example of a Lisbon apartment.

The Se Cathedral, the oldest church in the city, constructed in 1147

Cathedral interior

Our tour guide

Paella with squid ink!


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