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Palácio do São Bento

25 de Setembro de 2004

I had a choice this morning. I could either stay in Lisbon, or go somewhere else. I decided to stay in Lisbon. This left me with another choice. I could either spend the weekend in the flat, or I could make the most of the hot weather and go out. I decided to go out. Where to go, I thought. I could either go into town, and brave the Saturday crowds of tourists and shoppers, or I could head up to Monsanto, hire a bike, and cycle round the park. Time dictated that I head into town and brave the crowds. Anyway, I wanted to have another look at the Earth from Above exhibit, and get some blank CDs out of FNAC. These things I did, and I also bought a new Vinicius de Morães CD for Linda (shhh... don't spoil the surprise). I had my lunch in the Amazéns do Chiado, then walked up to the Largo de Camões, stopping off at the second-hand book fair, where I bought a book by one of Portugal's first presidents (what can I say... it's my job). I caught the tram from Camões up to Graça... the #28 tram that was jam-packed full of tourists. It brought back memories of nightmare journeys home when I lived in Graça. The trams were always full, and always late because someone always left their car parked on the line. Anyway, after a dreadful journey I got off at Graça - my favourite part of Lisbon - and looked at my old flat, had a coffee in my old local cafe, and went to the Miradouro like I used to do at night. Caught the number tram back up to São Bento - another old haunt of mine, and also the home of Portugal's parliament (pictured). Had another coffee in one of my favourite cafés, then caught the bus back to the flat - stopping off to take a photo of the navy barracks I mentioned a couple of days ago. Tomorrow I'm off up Monsanto to hire a bike.

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laine8226-Sep-2004 23:27
What a gloroius building Stu. I'm really enjoying the armchair ride to Portugal that your providing.
Dominic Kite26-Sep-2004 09:42
Sounds like a great day! Very imposing building.
Robin Reid26-Sep-2004 05:51
Imposing structure well captured Stewart. You took quite a journey.
Karen Leaf26-Sep-2004 01:59
Stewart, I envy you the ability to go back to your old 'haunts'. The barracks is a beautiful structure, I esp. like the frieze. Am enjoying your journey.
Herb 25-Sep-2004 23:09
I lost count, so how many coffees did you have?...;o))
jypsee25-Sep-2004 22:50
When you can, clone out the crane in the the light on this! and the perspective...
northstar3725-Sep-2004 22:42
Don't sleep in then, you must be knackered.
Zak25-Sep-2004 22:17
you're certainly making the best of the time you've got out there! :-)
Pedro Libório25-Sep-2004 21:57
belíssimo registo,
vejo que aproveitaste muito bem o dia...sabes que nunca fotografei Lisboa...quero dizer passar aí o dia só para fotografar...imperdoável...qualquer dia tenho de fazer isso também!!!