Lisbon, instructions for use

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Martí Micolau

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First of all, ? well to point out, Lisboa is in Portugal and Portuguese is spoken in Portugal, not Spanish. The Portuguese are not an invention for tourists, but they really exist. Do you recognize them why? they are sad, sulky, very slow and flaky at any time of day or night.
If you try to communicate with them and use Spanish to do so, know that they may get angry, especially if they are of a certain age. There? without prejudice to this, Lisbon remains a colonial capital, a small and somewhat decadent capital, but still a colonial capital. For this reason ? full of Brazilians and Angolans, ethnic groups that are easily recognized why? ? unlike the natives? they tend to smile.
Do the ticket on the subway not? easy if you don't have 5 or 10 euros in your purses: the machines only accept bills of 5 or 10 euros, while the ticket counter at the counter? probably always busy talking about her business on the phone. If problems arise, however, can you? always be ... Portuguese.
In Lisbon it is hot, but also cold. Or it's cold, but also hot. In short, together with the mood of the Portuguese, the climate also changes continuously.
For this, for those who want to relax a little? up, the city center? swarming with drug dealers who, in the light of day and in front of everyone, will show the wares to passers-by, while the policemen will be intent on having a coffee? at the bar or chatting amiably with each other a few meters away.

There is, in fact, a tacit agreement between the parties: the cops drink coffee, the drug dealers deal and passersby can say? No, thank you? as many times as he likes.

There? despite Lisbon not? a city? dangerous.

Although pickpockets and drug sellers abound, it remains a quiet place even in the middle of the night.

And, indeed,? the very night to make Libona fascinating.

In fact, it is enough to go to the Chiado district and go up to the bairro alto to discover Piazza de Cam? Es and alleys with hundreds of cafes. In front of the historic café of Brasileira c ?? also the statue of Fernando Pessoa
You sit down next to it, take a picture with him and then give him a big bag to make him fly his hat:? a hilarious joke (so much that, Pessoa, is blind and doesn't even realize it was you!).

After that? go to sleep and try to wake up early, why? there are several things to visit.

1 day

First, if? Saturday morning, I suggest you start from Rossio square with the surrounding streets and immediately go up to the Alfama district, the only district that remained intact following the earthquake that struck? Lisbon in the middle? '700.
To reach it you can? take the famous tram 28, which you will recognize immediately why? ? the one on which all tourists go.
After that? go to the feira da ladra, flea market which is called cos? why? the wives of thieves went there to sell the stolen goods. Nothing exceptional, but from there? ? You can easily go to the Church of San Vicente de fora (beautiful) and the National Pantheon (less beautiful). Also c ?? also the Castle of San Jorge, beautiful above all for the panorama and for the peacocks that run around it. There are no interiors to visit, only the towers. In one of these they also invented a singular attraction: a dark room in which, through a system of lenses,? possible to see the projection in real time of the angles pi? evocative of the city.
After finishing this tour, can you? walk down to the S?, or the beautiful Cathedral, and from there? return to the center from via Augusta with the arch of the same name to Piazza del Commercio, a huge square projected onto the Tagus river that is so reminiscent of the Piazza Italia in Trieste.

2 day

From Piazza del Commercio you can? then take the tram that takes you to the Belem district, a very very slow tram which, from this point of view, fully embodies Portuguese values. In Belem, there are essentially three things to see: the Monastery of Los Jeronimos, the famous Tower and the pastry shop with sweets.
Let's go in order:
We arrived in front of the entrance of the monastery almost closing time (at 17, while the site closes at 17.30), but half an hour? pi? that's enough.
Indeed, of the enormous structure only the Church, the refectory and the Cloister can be visited.
The complex was built to celebrate the return of Vasco de Gama, what by the way? buried here (together with Camoes and Fernando Pessoa), to celebrate his return following the discovery of the route to India. It took almost 100 years to build and was financed with part of the taxes collected from the import of spices from India. It was built here because, according to legend, Vasco de Gama spent the night before departure in prayer together with his crew. Visit ? very nice, but to charge 10 euros for me? excessive.
There? having said that, as soon as we left, we also went to visit the Berardo museum of modern art (free admission) and I found it very very interesting. There are Pollock, Warhol, Dal ?, Picasso and many others. Oh yes, there was also Lucio Fontana, but I ignored him thinking of the film "Cos? Parl? Bellavista".
After that? we crossed the road and headed to the riverside observing the Dos Descobrimentos monument (of discoveries), a tribute to the navigators who made Portugal's fortune between the 500th and 600th centuries. It is very pleasant to walk at sunset and look at the Salazar Bridge (or April 25, as it is called today) in the background, which resembles the Golden Gate of San Francisco, as it was designed by the same company. We are almost at the mouth of the Tagus and already? you can see the sea that, with its play of currents, mixes with the river.
Not far away there? also the tower of Belem (or of San Vincenzo), once located in the center of the river and now absolutely attached to the mainland.
Finally, Belem deserves a mention for another aspect.
Can't you? visit this neighborhood without stopping at the famous pastry shop of Belem sweets, which are served hot hot fresh from the oven. This pastry? something impressive: c '? a queue for the take-away service and another queue for seating. Bench? there are 400 tables (four hundred!) and has a capacity for over 1600 people, this pastry? always packed!
We avoided the queue only thanks to a Venezuelan lady who, before leaving, made us approach to give us the seat, otherwise we would have had to wait at least half an hour.

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