Monday, August 19, 2013

First Day in Lisbon: Aug 9

We were so eager to get out and see Lisbon that we woke up and hopped on a train for a 10 minute ride into the city.  Once we got off the train, we both looked at each other and said, "what are we going to do?"  We forgot to map out a plan, so we decided to just start walking...uphill....for 102 degrees Fahrenheit heat.  We ended up walking to and through Parque Eduardo VII which is the largest park in the center of Lisbon.  It was commemorated in 1903 in honor of Edward VII of the United Kingdom, who had visited Lisbon the year before to reaffirm the alliance between the two countries.  

On our way from the Tagus River to the top, we were able to stop and see a lot of different sites as well as get ice cream and play on a playground.  Check out the pictures and descriptions below from our day:

Bobby, Amelie, and Liam next to a fountain in Rossio Square in front of National Theatre D. Maria II.  
Amelie and Liam running and dancing through Rossio Square.
It pays homage to Pedro IV, King of Portugal with the statue seen.
It has been one of its main squares since the Middle Ages.
It has also been the setting of popular revolts and celebrations, bullfights and executions.  
Grabbing a splash of water from a fountain along our walk.
It was cool and refreshing to splash water on our faces.
Amelie walking down the center aisle in Igreja de São Domingos.  This church was built in 1204 but then had to be rebuilt in 1531 and 1755 because of earthquakes.  In 1959 there was a violent fire.
You can still see evidence of the fire today.
The outside of  Igreja de São Domingos. 
The walk up to the Parque Eduardo VII was beautiful and more importantly shaded.

Grabbing ice cream has been our new norm as we walk around the city in the heat.  
Liam is still figuring out how to eat ice cream and popsicles when it is so very cold.

Us at the base of a gigantic flag.
Once we made it back to the river, we stopped and enjoyed the beautiful sunset. 
In our view is the 25 de Abril Bridge and Christ the King Statue (Cristo-Rei).

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