A tour de Belem

Lisboa – 16th June 2009

So I meet up with Addam, who I met in Porto, and we meet at Casa De Sodre train station where we go to head out to Belem. Which is about 20 minutes away by tram. It’s famous for its Pasta Del Belems (Portuguese Custard Tarts) and the monastery.

We start off going to the Tower De Belem, which was a fotress back in the day. Its one of the suburbs most famous buildings. It was initial a fort to protect the city of Lisboa, its now just a major tourist attraction. We scammed free entry into the place with my out of date student card (knew there was a reason why I didn’t get rid of that thing). There isn’t a lot of things to do, but we climb up to the top and we get some good views over the Targus and down towards Lisboa.

Tower De Belem

Tower De Belem

The discovery monument and down into Lisboa

The discovery monument and down into Lisboa

We go for a walk around the river, and head towards the Padrao Des Descombrimentos. Which is also known as the Discovery Monument. I remember seeing a photo of it and thinking it’s a bit small, but the thing is fucking massive. You can ride up to the top, but we skip that cause we just saw views for free at the tower de belem. But apart from that its a pretty impressive monument to the explorers and to the places they founded like Brazil. There is also a cool pattern on the pavements nearby.

Discovery Monument

Discovery Monument

Jumping at the monument

Jumping at the monument

Monument

Monument

We go and grab some food from the famous Pasteleria Del Belem and also grab some Pastel Del Natas. They are pretty amazing. But they don’t seem to be as good as the ones back home, they are different though which is good.

We walk past the astonishing Mosterio Dos Jeronimos, but we don’t walk through as its just a monsatery.  We do head into the Museum Berado. It’s a modern art museum with a Andy Warhol – his Judy Garland and a Roy Licthenstein. Its a pretty interesting art museum. Really interesting and we spend a few hours.

Beer bottle statue

Beer bottle statue

Warhols Garcia

Warhols Garland

As we get the tram back to go back I am slightly disappointed to see McDonalds and a Starbucks across the road from the Pasteleria. Rather disgusting.

After departing Addam, I go and explore the Bairro Alto district. Its one of the more famous areas. The tiny narrow streets and plenty of bars. I get to Parque De Sao Pedro de Alcantara which has some incredible views of the city. ts a very awesome view. I wander back through the Alto, this time though I get offered cocaine by another random, its definitely weird.

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View over Lisboa from the park

Bairro Alto

Bairro Alto

Its another quiet night hanging out the hostel, drinking a few beers over dinner  and mingle with the others. Not the aparty I was hoping for really.

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