Lisbon

This morning we had a wonderful breakfast at our hotel. We are staying at the Pestano Pousada Lisboa. It is right on Praça do Comércio, the central square.

Breakfast

After breakfast we took the trolley to Belem where we saw the Monument to the Discoveries.

On the trolley
Monument to the Discoveries
Monument to the Discoveries

We visited the cathedral of Jerónimos Monastery. One little thing I like about churches is that they give me an opportunity to sit!

cathedral of Jerónimos Monastery.

We saw Vasco da Gama’s tomb. He found the sea route to India around the southern tip of Africa.

Vasco Da Gama’s tomb

We had to make a stop at Pastéis de Belém to have the Portuguese famous custard tarts. The story is that the tarts were made here first. The monks in the monestary used egg whites to starch their laundry. They had lots of leftover egg yolks so they used them to make the tarts. The concierge in our hotel said there are better tarts elsewhere but agreed that tourists have to stop at Pastéis de Belém at least once. I thought my tart was flakey, eggy and yummy!

Pastéis de Belém
Custard tarts

By this time jet lag was hitting so we took the trolley back to the hotel. I had an excellent nap. Later we walked around the square some then stopped for a snack.

Mid afternoon snack

Apparently on Wednesday there will be a big Holland versus Portugal football match here. So while we ate we were treated to duelling songs. Although we couldn’t understand them I assume they were national football songs.

Duelling songs

Lots of people including us savored the sunset from the riverfront.

Sunset over the Tagus River

For dinner we went to Restaurant 1° de Maio which was recommended by Linda’s sister Elizabeth. Our waiter translated the menu and entertained us with jokes. We had a wonderful meal.

Tuna
Oso de Bucco

All in all it was a perfect first day.

San Francisco to Lisbon

We are starting another travel adventure. Our first stop is Lisbon.

Sunday afternoon Allison drove Ray, Linda, Duke and I from her house in Walnut Creek to San Francisco airport for our flight to Lisbon. We waited in line for an hour and then when we finally got to the checkin counter the British Airlines agent said “Your flight is tomorrow”. Talk about disconcerting! Our reservation was definitely for Sunday but the flight from London to Lisbon had been cancelled and American Airlines (The trip was booked through them) had unilaterally rebooked us twenty four hours later.

Duke at the check in counter in San Francisco

Eventually British Airlines straightened things out and rebooked us to fly San Francisco to London to Porto to Lisbon. So then we all had to submit new Covid passenger locator forms. Eventually two hours after arriving at the airport we were checked in and ready to go through security.

The new itinerary meant we had to wait six hours in London for our connection. We were late into Porto and had a relatively short connection there. We arrived in Lisbon eight hours later than originally planned but we made it!! After more than 24 hours of travel!

Waiting in London

Our hotel, Pousada Lisboa is right on the main square.

Duke putting his feet up in our hotel room in Lisbon.
The main square in Lisbon