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Day 43 - Lisbon, Portugal

10/04/2014

Today we visit our last port for this trip, Lisbon. Again we booked an excursion to stay out of trouble - Lisbon, City of Discovery. We find that Henry the navigator features today, Lisbon has a proud history of seeking out new trade routes, and trade partners. We started today's journey with a drive through traffic around what seemed to be the inner city, important monuments and statues were pointed out to us. Some of the buildings here instead of being painted they have decorative tiling on the external walls. These look great. The glass elevator was pointed out to us and the main square before we headed up and around a park featuring statues of British monarchy who had visited, King Edward VII Park. We then visited Jeronimos Gothic Monastery and our guide stepped us through each section explaining the symbolic meanings and why they were used. We then walked around to the Maritime Museum which turned out to be quite fascinating. There was a section that held barges, from the simplest to Customs barges to the Gold embossed Royal barge. We were allowed time here to get a cuppa from the museums coffee shop before heading back to the bus.

We were then taken around to Belem Tower so we could take photos of the tower and the plane statue nearby. From here we could see the Monument to the Discoveries so some of us took photos of it as well, not realising it was the next stop. When we got out at the monument Christine was stopped by a group and asked to take their photo. Although time didn't really permit she obliged and since she wasn't wearing her glasses can only hope she got a good one for them. Snapped pictures from several viewpoints then back on the bus. We asked to be dropped at the square which was walking distance to the ship so we could do some shopping. We got some lovely souvenirs, then looked at clothes and other things but couldn't find anything we liked enough to buy. Back to the ship for something to eat! An afternoon snack/lunch before attending the last sail away party. We made sooooo much noise, danced and sang along following Dom's instructions. It was great. As we made our way to the mouth of the river we had to pass under the bridge. Those of us standing on deck 10 gasped just a little as there wasn't much room between the top of the funnel and the bridge. Lisbon was a lovely city, I would definitely visit Portugal again.

At dinner we all discussed our days activities and the ever approaching end to the trip. After dinner we went to the Headliners' Killer Queen show which was great. We all noticed a costume hiccup towards the end, Christine noticed a possible second one as all but one dancer was wearing white pants. Oddly enough we bumped into him out on the Promenade deck shortly after the show and asked where his white trousers were but he didn't seem to understand. Oh well..... We did our usual filling in time before the quiz then headed up to the Crows Nest for some fun! We have started mocking each other when we put forward answers that are wrong, in jest of course. Once again the 6 of us had a great laugh. We really should have started to do these earlier.

Posted by Christinesolo 08:24 Archived in Portugal Comments (0)

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