D-Man and I road-tripped it to Lisbon for our anniversary, and after six hours of mushed-up butt syndrome, the sight of O Cristo-Rei was a welcomed one. Overlooking Lisbon, O Cristo-Rei was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
And so, we rattled down Ponte 25 de Abril and into the heart of Lisboa.
D-Man and I quickly found our hotel in Plaça de Pedro IV, dropped off our luggage, and skipped out to stretch our legs, de-numb our butts, and enjoy the views…
Plaça de Pedro IV
Clock on Rua Augusta
Praça do Comércio…enjoying a refreshing breeze from the Tagus River.
D-Man lived in Lisbon for over two years back in his day, and thought it wise to begin our evening with the fruity fiery water known as ginjinha – a strong cherry liqueur. Served as a shot, what really does you in are the soaked cherries at the bottom of your drink.
So happy, in fact, that we hopped onto this cheery little tram that took us up to Bairro Alto, where we wined, dined, and made friends with the Portuguese bartender who fed us Brazilian caipirinhas all night long. Which is why making our way down steep little lanes like this one in the wee hours of morning soon became the feat of a lifetime…
Mere hours later, The following morning, D-Man and I decided to return to Bairro Alto for more touristic purposes. Bleary-eyed and exhausted, we looked to El Elevador de Santa Justa for help, and she agreed to take us on up to Bairro Alto for the better part of the day…
View of Plaça de Pedro IV from Bairro Alto’s Carmo Square.
Feeling nostalgic, D-Man took me to his favorite bakery in the district he used to live in, Bairro de Belém. Originally owned by monks, Pasteis de Belém serves strong coffee shots and sweet custard mini-pies that are still made with the original 175-year old recipe.
Caffeine coursing our veins and our tummies filled, we took off towards the Tagus River, where ships once departed to make their way to other worlds. The Padrão dos Descobrimentos, shown below, celebrates the Portuguese Age of Exploration, which occurred in the 15th and 16th centuries. Portuguese conquests have included Brazil as well as territories in Africa, India, Malaysia, and China.
Padrão dos Descobrimentos
Torre de Belém, the Padrão‘s neighbor on the Tagus River.
As we do, D-Man and I made our way to other sights, walked the cobble-stoned streets, and stuffed ourselves with a variety of Portuguese and Brazilian food, which I forgot to photograph as I was busy being a silly, dazzled num nuts whenever D-Man spoke Portuguese to our waiters.
Next stop, Sintra!