Sunday, August 28, 2011

Lisbon by Plane

We flew to Lisbon.  No Major Strasser tried to stop us, so it was an easy trip on EasyJet.  The baggage rules on EasyJet are quite draconian, but that meant no problem for us since we were only going for a few days to visit Marita Castleman, my father's cousin who will soon celebrate her ninetieth birthday.  Tough baggage rules meant that boarding the Airbus was very smooth.  None of these people trying to pass off steamer trunks as carry-on luggage!

We have been to Lisbon several times before.  Each time we have stayed at the Hotel Travel Park on Avenida Almirante Reis.  This is a nice hotel located very close to Marita's flat.  As we always have, we had a nice visit with Marita and a couple of her friends as well.

Lisbon is a great town.  We didn't go around town taking many photos, and I will add some more from older files when we get to California at the end of the year.  I did get a few and here they are:

Castelo São Jorge dominated old Lisbon from the east.

Praça dos Restauradores

Praça do Comercio was a key trading point in the Portuguese maritime empire.

The cathedral was built on the site of the mosque following the Reconquest of Lisbon in 1147.  The facade is Romanesque, but as is always the case with old European cathedrals, a variety of architectural styles is found throughout the structure.  It was completed in the early 1200s, and has withstood several earthquakes.

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