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We returned from the Algarve to Cascais, for my last week in Portugal.
Early the next morning my niece Tania arrived from Angola with her 2 little girls and the following day my other niece Nadine, who lives in San Franciso, arrived from Geneva where they had been visiting her in-laws, with her husband and two kids.
My sisters and I had arranged a big lunch to which we had invited family and friends. Sadly, not all could make it, but a fabulous day was had by all that attended!
Everybody brought a sweet or a savoury dish, and we made a lasagne and a chicken curry.
|Some of the desserts - I forgot to take a photo of all the mains|
|Fun photo - my brother in law (middle) who is married to my middle sister and his two brothers behind me and my sisters, and my sister's dog, in order of seniority|
|Some of the friends were missing in this photo|
A childhood friend of my younger sister (from South Africa, who living in the centre of Portugal) had travelled by train to be at the lunch. She had stayed overnight at my parent's place, and the next day before taking her to the train station, my parents, my sister Luisa and I took Lidia around Cascais for some sightseeing.
We first stopped at "Boca do Inferno" (Hell's Mouth) - the remains of an ancient cave in the Cascais coast, through which the waves crash, specially violently during Winter.
|Boca do Inferno (Hell's Mouth)|
Then we visited "Casa da Guia" (Guia's House, Guia being the area in Cascais), a beautiful, renovated building that houses outdoor cafes, some upmarket shops, art gallery...and visiting the house, we walked the coastal path for the sea views.
|Casa da Guia|
|Vies of the coast from Casa da Guia|
|Sign at one of the Cafes - My head says go to the gym, my heart says eat|
|Painted elephant outside Casa da Guia|
|Near my sister's house I found a street name after Aristides de Sousa Mendes|
You can read my post: https://sami-colourfulworld.blogspot.com/2022/10/european-holiday-portugal-1.html
|Tuk-tuk tour around Lisbon|
|Me, my sisters Isabel and Luisa, my niece Nadine and 2 kids - photo taken by other niece|
Rossio Station - was formerly known as Central Station, (word still inscribed in one of the entrance arches), it looks very much like a palace with its horseshoe doorways, built by Franco-Swiss Blaise Cendrars, which called train stations "the most beautiful churches in the world".
|The beautiful Rossio Station|
|One of the fountains in the square, the wave cobblestones|
|Dom Pedro IV column and statue|
|National Theatre at Rossio Square|
Known as the city of the 7 hills, Lisbon has about 30 "Miradouros" (viewpoints) scattered around the city. One of our tuk-tuk stops was at popular Miradouro Santa Luzia, next to the small church of the same name, which are the headquarters of the Order of Malta in Portugal, in the parish of Alfama.
|Saint Luzia church and us at the St Luzia viewpoint|
The dome of the National Pantheon (left) and St Stephens Church (right), and cruise ship
The view over the rooftops below, extends to the port where we could see a huge cruise ship, and to the left we can see St Stephen's Church, which was originally built in the 12th century, originally with two towers, but one was damaged in the 1755 earthquake. The church was later renovated and reopened in 1773.
To the right you can see the dome of the National Pantheon, originally the Church of Saint Engratia when it was built in 1682, becoming the Pantheon in 1916.
The dome was only completed in 1966, making it the monument that took the longest to be complete in Portugal! In Portugal when something takes ages to be completed, we say: "it's like the St Engratia build".
The Pantheon was built over the site of a previous church that was desecrated by a robbery in 1630, when a Jew was blamed and executed and later exonerated.
Before he died, he said that a new church would never be completed...
As if he had predicted it, just months after the start of construction in 1681, it collapsed due to a storm on a poorly built foundation.
It now holds the tombs and cenotaphs of famous Portuguese who distinguished themselves in politics, culture, science, sports - who made a mark in the history of Portugal and took the image of the country beyond borders - people like the great fado singer Amália Rodrigues, the footballer , presidents, explorers like Prince Henry the Navigator, poets...
|St Vincent Church near the Pantheon|
|The small church of Senhora do Monte (Lady of the Hill)|
|Views over to the 25th April bridge (middle photo), castle (right)|
|St George's Castle on top a hill|
|The very long tile panel indicates all the visible monuments from this viewpoint|
|Commerce Square with Arch of Augusta Street|
|The 1775 Statue of King Jose I, during which reign the earthquake took place|
|Sign at Vasco da Gama shopping centre|
|Trams of Lisbon - the yellow one is the famous 28 that takes you past most of the above monuments. (This photo wasn't taken during this holiday, we didn't get any rain now)|
|The popular Swatch watch stand at Lisbon airport|
Before embarking I still bought a box of 6 Portuguese tarts to bring for Jose - but of course, nothing like the real thing you get in Patisseries or in the original factory/cafe in Belem!!
|Portuguese Custard tarts|
|At Singapore Airport - nearly home :)|