Also to mark Rob’s birthday we took the train into Lisbon yesterday for a day out to see the sights. The train station is a 10 minute walk from here, cost 4.40 euros return each to Lisbon centre and was air-conditioned and uncrowded. It is next to the huge Jumbo supermarket in Cascais centre.
We decided to book onto the Yellowbus ‘Jump on, jump off’ tour bus as we really didn’t know enough about Lisbon to decide where we should go. It was a good decision as we had both the commentary and good view as we drove round most of the main sites of interest. The bus cost us 15 euros each for a 24 hour pass.
Belem is a particularly beautiful area with the monastery now serving as a maritime museum and the monument to explorers of the past 500 years. Well worth a visit. The war museum is located near the Torre de Belem which is another lovely building. The area also ‘boasts’ a McDonalds and Starbucks!!
We hopped back on the bus, found the chandlery near the station, bought a chart of Madeira and Porto Santo which we hope to be visiting in early October and headed back on the fast train, taking about 40 minutes.
We were warned twice about pick-pockets in the city but were not victims ourselves.
Last night we drank too much pink champagne aboard, then visited the local ‘Pirata’ restaurant, one of the many at the marina, which served delicious food until late.
Today we are emptying the fridge and cleaning the boat for a week away, packing the few warm clothes we have, which is basically just a pair of jeans and a fleece and getting ready to head for Lisbon airport in the morning.
Whilst we are back in the UK it will be good to meet up with as many family and friends as we can. On that note, we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has sent us such kind and supportive messages recently via this website and on Facebook. It is much appreciated.