Sunday, June 24, 2012
Lisbon - a walk in HDR
Early this week I attended a conference in Lisbon. I was looking forward to visit the capital of Portugal as a prospect of a long planned trip in the Iberian country, obviously including couple of days in Lisbon. Too bad that the conference schedule was so busy that I could afford only 2-3 hours of wondering around the city with a clear focus on Belem Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery or Padrão dos Descobrimentos.
So Monday evening, even though I was leaving home more then 12 hours ago to take the flight, I was leaving the boring and fake friendly environment from the hotel, heading to the center. First encounter with the Lisbon life was an American guy, totally broke, that found out the apartment that he rented without any paper being locked, with all his stuff in. Life is tough if you don't pay attention, isn't it? So having in mind his obsessive advice: Do not trust nobody, seriously, they will all try to rip you off, I was expecting for the worse. But no incidents happened the rest of the evening, apart from a guy who was probably willing to ask me for some coins. I do not speak Portuguese ... and problem solved.
The city itself is really beautiful, although totally rebuilt after 1755 earthquake. The Jerónimos Monastery is impressive, a large late-gothic building masterpiece of christian architecture. The monastery is sharing an UNESCO World Heritage place with Belém Tower, part of the old defense system located at the mouth of the Tagus River.
Padrão dos Descobrimentos is a monument celebrating the Portuguese navigators from the Age of Exploration.
So I am looking forward to visit Lisbon later this year, in a more relaxed context.
Padrão dos Descobrimentos