S: PORTUGAL 2012
BC: DEPARTED | PORTUGAL | 7 OCT 2012
FC: portugal 2012
1: LISBON | PORTUGAL | ARRIVED 1 OCT 2012 | Lisboa is the capital and largest city of Portugal, in the western part of the country on the Tagus River estuary. An ancient Iberian settlement, it was held by the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, taken by the Romans in 205 b.c., and conquered by the Moors c. a.d. 714. Reconquered by the Portuguese in 1147, it flourished in the 16th century during the heyday of colonial expansion in Africa and India.
2: What originally was supposed to be a trip starting Lisbon and snaking around the coast of Portugal and Spain and ending in Barcelona had to be shortened to staying in Lisbon due to time constraints. After missing a layover in Philadelphia and a stressful layover in London, we finally made it!!
4: BELEM TOWER Built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon's harbor, the Belem Tower was the starting point for many of the voyages of discovery, and for the sailors it was the last sight of their homeland.
6: SINTRA The earliest documents describe a built-up town in the 11th century by the Arab geographer Al-Bacr. The Moors built their castle atop a nearby promontory around the 8th-9th century. When Afonso Henriques finally captured Sintra (after the fall of Lisbon) in 1147, he ordered the construction of the Church of So Pedro de Canaferrim, within the castle walls
8: SL BENFICA vs. FC BARCELONA | So we're walking around Lisbon on Tuesday, our first full day in town, and I noticed a couple of people wearing FC Barcelona shirts. "Oh yeah, Benfica (the local soccer team) are playing a Champions League game in Barcelona tonight... we should watch it at a sports bar." Then I realized, "whoa, there's a LOT of Barcelona fans around here today... OMG, they're playing HERE tonight!!! We HAVE to get tickets!" Long story short, we headed right out to Estadio Da Luz, where we quickly found a friendly ticket scalper who was happy to set us up with tickets to see Benfica play the best team on the planet. Barca won, 2-0, in front of a sellout crowd of 65,000, giving us one heck of a first taste of European football.
10: EXPLORING | ALFAMA
11: ALFAMA is the oldest district of Lisbon, spreading on the slope between the Castle of Lisbon and the Tejo river. Its name comes from the Arabic Al-hamma, meaning fountains or baths. It includes the freguesias (parishes) of So Miguel, Santo Estvo, So Vicente de Fora and part of two streets of Freguesia da Sé: Rua do Baro and Rua So Joo da Praa. It contains many important historical attractions, with many Fado bars and restaurants.
12: Monument to the Discoveries
13: One of the deadliest earthquakes in history struck Lisbon on All-Saint's day, November 1, 1755. The city was all but destroyed, and the ancient Carmo convent and church lay in ruins, its library of 5000 books destroyed. Today the ruined arches stand in the middle of the rebuilt city as a reminder of the worst day in Lisbon's history and that disaster can always strike.
15: Vinho Verde, Porto, Ginjinha, and more Ginjinha! Portuguese cuisine consists of mostly seafood (We had codfish served 365 different ways) and lots of alcoholic drinks such as Ginjinha (a sour cherry tasting liqueur), vinho verde, and porto!
17: Lisbon was a great place to visit -- it had all the components that we love the most - friendly citizens, great food, beautiful weather, a gorgeous city, and a declining economy which means we treated ourselves like Kings and Queens on our trip! We hope to go back to Portugal in the future to explore the rest of what it has to offer!
18: officially the Portuguese Republic, Portuguese: República Portuguesa) is a country located in Southwestern Europe, on the Iberian Peninsula. It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east. The Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are Portuguese territory as well. The country is named after its second largest city, Porto, whose Latin name was Portus Cale.The early history of Portugal is shared with the rest of the Iberian Peninsula. The name of Portugal derives from the Roman name Portus Cale. The region was settled by Pre-Celts and Celts, giving origin to peoples like the Gallaeci, Lusitanians, Celtici and Cynetes, visited by Phoenicians and Carthaginians, incorporated in the Roman Republic dominions as Lusitania and part of Gallaecia (both part of Hispania), after 45 BC until 298 AD, settled again by Suebi, Buri, and Visigoths, and conquered by Moors. Other minor influences include some 5th century vestiges of Alan settlement, which were found in Alenquer, Coimbra and even Lisbon | Portugal
20: Farewell Portugal.. until next time....