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Lisbon!

An old fort on the way in to Lisbon

Fishermen - we think possibly for squid.

April 25 Bridge

 

 

Leaning tower of Lisbon?

April 25 Bridge over the River Tagus. It's almost 3 kilometers in...

Our pilot

It says "Sail Me Across the Atlantic" - probably not!

 

Tower of Belem

 

A contemporary monument dedicated to the Portuguese Age of Discovery.

Jeronimos Monastery

 

Welcoming Committee!

Even though it looks like the Golden Gate, it was built by...

 

The bridge has six car lanes on top and two train tracks...

 

A squid that our props disturbed.

 

Two tugboats put on quite a show as we pulled into the...

A monument to Jesus the Redeemer.

Yet another Lisbon welcoming committee. Yes those are a type of bagpipe.

A gas pump at the side of the road in downtown Lisbon

Eduardo VII Park - commemorates the visit of Edward VII on the...

The park covers 26 hectares.

Another memorial at the Park.

 

 

 

A triangular shaped building.

More interesting architecture

Marques de Pombal Statue

The statue is at the bottom of Eduardo VII Park

Tree-lined streets

Obelisk with modern sculptures in Restauradores Square

Track for the Tram.

Railway Station of Rossio, Lisbon

Rossio Railway Station

St. George's Castle

Remax works here too!

Coffee and pastry shop.

 

Guard at a palace.

 

Jeronimos Monastery

Belem Naval Monument

Belem Naval Monument

Mosaic in the square by the monument of the Discoveries.

 

Belem Lighthouse

 

Now we're on the Tram - window boxes

Amazing tile work on a building.

Local young lady passing out wineglasses.

Pouring the Port!

It was yummy!

Pasteis de Nata - Custard Tarts

You can see St. George's Castle up on the hill.

All the streets and sidewalks are cobblestones.

Cell phone company - simple advertising.

The streets are barely wide enough for the tram.

 

Again graffiti!

A lot of stuff in a little space.

 

Bougainvillea

 

Wrought iron railings.

 

 

Cobblestones of different colours

 

Not as many scooters but a lot of Smart cars.

 

A piazza

 

Policia

Going down the hill!

 

 

Our tram

 

Rays coming through the clouds

 

Movie Clips - Playback Requirements - Problems?

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Very narrow streets from the Tram.

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More narrow streets.


We were not in Lisbon very long but did cover a lot of ground. We arrived around noon. It was quite the view coming into the City as you can see from the photos. Being on the port side, from our room we weren't able to see too much until we came to Lisbon.

Shore Excursion - Lisbon by Tram & Coach - 1:45 to 5:15 pm

As it says this tour was by Tram & Coach. The coach drove us around parts of town for a while and then took us to the Tram station. The trams are very old and similar in idea to the ones in San Francisco. There are ten new articulated trams operating which were introduced in 1995. The one we were on is known as a remodelados. There are nine Carris models in service which were built between 1936 and 1947. The depot where we got on has been in existence since before electric trams in 1901.

The streets are very narrow and hilly. We certainly couldn't have walked all the places we saw. The real treat of the trip was the sampling of Port wine which was very good. Then came the sweet! Pasteis de Nata - the recipe appears below. We made the people walking on the streets jealous by waving our glasses of Port at them. The young lady who was serving was very generous. She said she had 4 bottles of port on the Tram.

We set sail for Ponta Delgada at about 5:30pm. A lot of the tour buses were a bit late so we cut it fine. A sea day tomorrow! In the evening we saw Comedian Cary Long in the Explorers' Lounge. He was very funny. He was especially good when he was poking fun at the women for their packing - he says we all have a packing room which is in use for at least a month before a trip. Maureen was only able to use a shelf!

Pasteis de Nata

1 cup milk

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 vanilla bean (we learned from the Chef that a vanilla bean can be rinsed, dried and reused)

1 cup white sugar

6 egg yolks

1 (17.5 ounce) package frozen puffed pasty, thawed

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C.) Lightly grease 12 muffin cups and line bottom and sides with puff pastry.

In a saucepan, combine milk, cornstarch, sugar and vanilla. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Place egg yolks in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk 1/2 cup of hot milk mixture into egg yolks. Gradually add egg yolk mixture back to remaining milk mixture, whisking constantly. Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes, or until thickened. Remove vanilla bean.

Fill pastry-lined muffin cups with mixture and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and filling is lightly browned on top. Dust with a little cinnamon and icing sugar and serve.

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