|March and rally against austerity|
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.
|Monument to the Discoveries - Padrao dos Descobrimentos|
|Torre de Belem|