Posts Tagged ‘Lisbon’

Not RENFE

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

June 13, 2009

Today we took our only long-distance train that was not run by RENFE.  The reason is that they operate in Spain and this was the only long-distance train we took out of Spain.  On the way out of Lisbon we went through the Estacao de Oriente making it the last of the many times going through there.

Traveling through Estacao de Oriente

Traveling through Estacao de Oriente

The quality of the CP train was decent but it really reinforced the quality that the RENFE has.

Festival of Santo Antonio

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

June 12, 2009

We ended up being in Lisbon on the night of the biggest party of the year, The Festival of Santo Antonio.  After having some really good homemade pizza at the hostel we headed out to the party.  Many streets were shut down with people filling where cars and the trolleys we were going to take to the castle are usually.  We went and spent time wandering around and had some cotton candy and other random snacks.

Estacao de Oriente

Monday, August 10th, 2009

June 12, 2009

Architect: Santiago Calatrava

Date: 1998

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

We arrived in the Estacao de Oriente from Merida and this was the first visit to the building.  The building definitely has an interesting look but once you start to use the building you realize that it does not work.

Estacao de Oriente

Estacao de Oriente

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Castle of Sao Jorge

Monday, August 10th, 2009

June 12, 2009

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

The Castle sits atop the highest hill overlooking the center of the city.

View from Citadel of Sao Jorge

View from Citadel of Sao Jorge

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Lisbon

Monday, August 10th, 2009

June 12, 2009

We started the day in the Praca do Comercio which is a plaza that sits on the edge of the city right next to the river.  This plaza is of the Plaza Mayor style with the tree sides not facing the water all having matching facades with a central gate to one of the major streets(and no cars are allowed on it) in the city.

Gate to Rua Augusta from Praca do Comercio

Gate to Rua Augusta from Praca do Comercio

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I just started to understand some Spanish!

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

June 11, 2009

Just when I was starting to understand some Spanish we go to Portugal.  We got on a bus that took us from Merida, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal.  Not once crossing the border between the two countries did we have to show our passport because in the European Union you are free to move between countries unlike earlier where we would have had to go through a customs checkpoint.  We then arrived in Lisbon and I once again was totally without any clue as to communicating.  The one nice part was that more people in Portugal spoke English than in Spain.  We came into the Santiago Calatrava designed Estacao de Oriente.

Estacao de Oriente

Estacao de Oriente

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Lisbon Lodging

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Location: Black & White Hostel

  • Check-In: June 11, 2009
  • Check-Out: June 13, 2009
  • Address: Rua Alexandre Herculano 39, 1 Lisbon, Portugal
  • Notes: