Against all odds it stayed quite dry today in Lisbon. So when I woke up and saw the sun shining I knew there was only one place to go – Belem.
I jumped on the Nr15 tram and was lucky enough to have a window-seat which allowed me some extra sightseeing time as the tram twisted and turned through the tight, curvy streets of Lisboa.
Not wanting to chance it too much I decided to take a stroll along the waterfront first and postponed the famous monastery and art museum for later in the evening.
With the sun warm on my back, my rain jacket tided around my waist and my camera on my hip I took in big breaths of salty smelling air and enjoyed being out by the river.
After my time out on the water and a quick lunch in the sun I strolled down towards the monetary. But since I still had plenty of time and the sun was still high in the sky I decided to forgo the tourist queue at the monastery and wandered on to the botanic gardens.
I was greeted by towing palm trees, lots of green and some odd looking ducks. But as I wandered around the gardens I couldn’t help but compare it to the wonderful one in Dublin which (I am very honest here) beats it hands down – and it’s free! However I did enjoy my stroll, the fresh air and the birds.
Then it was time to venture into the monastery and I was extremely lucky. At three o’clock the crowds had cleared and I had space to see and enjoy the wonders that have made it famous, leaving me time to visit the museum afterwards – avoiding the rain when it did then finally come.
Overall i enjoyed my trip to Portugal’s capital and I would go again to explore the corners I missed – due to time. And while I loved the sights and the people were very friendly, I will say that the food wasn’t great but the coffee and wine was!