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Lisbon -2004


Lisbon 2004 was a long weekend trip, holding special memories for me as I worked there in the late '70s, early '80s. My wife had not been to Portugal previously, so it was a new experience for her.

We flew by TAP from Gatwick, on a direct flight outbound and via Oporto on the return leg. Both trips were OK, although the flight out was bursting at the seams - jam packed with passengers with seemingly oversized cabin baggage. Nevertheless all flights were on time and formalities, both outbound and inbound at Gatwick were speedy and hassle free.


Monument to The Discoveries - Lisbon

We stayed at the Sana Lisboa Park Hotel, well located with modern rooms and amenities and excellent service. On the first night we ate in the hotel - the restaurant and the food were extremely good and the service excellent. This was the only meal apart from excellent buffet breakfasts that we took in the hotel, as we were determined to see as much of Lisbon as possible during our short visit.

Lisbon had changed enormously since I was last there. There were still old buildings and features, but these were now supplemented (usually sympathetically) by more modern buildings, typical of any European city. Nevertheless we spent time at the waterfront on the Targus - the Statue of Christ, overlooking the 25th April bridge and the Belem Tower and monument to the discoveries are always pleasant in a sunny day - and we were lucky!

The hotel was located near to Liberade Avenue, modelled on French Boulevards, where many old and new Portuguese buildings may be found in a very pleasant setting. Strolling in this area with its monuments and around several museums and churches filled our time - all in pleasant late autumn sunshine.

Eating at a Rodizio restaurant on Saturday evening was an excellent experience with waiters arriving at your table, in Churrascaria style, with huge skewers containing all manner of cooked meats, carved at your table. I dare say that this was more typically Brazilian than pure Portuguese, but nevertheless an excellent evening (and an extremely full stomach)!

Belem Tower

The Belem Tower - Lisbon

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