Tuesday, 28 May 2013


March and rally against austerity
24-05-2013 – 26-05-2013

Now I know where all the people from the rural areas have gone – they all seem to live by the river Tagus in Lisbon and its satellite towns. And this is where the tourists come.
I am ignoring the Algarve for now.
Lisbon is big and full. As most cities it has a bubble in the middle where most local people rarely visit. Patrick and I explored the bubble. We looked at buildings such as the Torre de Belem; rode on trams, buses, the metro trains and the Elevador de Santa Justa; we visited Art galleries – the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga and the excellent Museo Coleccao Berardo in Belem; we got involved in an anti-austerity rally and march outside the President’s residence, the Palacio de Belem; we enjoyed an evening in a Fado restaurant in the Alfama district; we tried to find Henry Fielding’s gravestone but the cemetery was closed, we sat in the Jardim de Estrela and listened to the band playing as people danced in the park.

Lisboa tram

Monument to the Discoveries - Padrao dos Descobrimentos

Torre de Belem

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