Monday, May 27, 2013

A Day in Lisbon (by Mike Wallach)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Lisbon

Exploring the sights on the streets of Lisbon
 Deb and Kim go horseback riding while Jim, Bob and I take the train into Lisbon for a day of touring.

 When two heads are not better than one. Or none.

We take a cab from the train station to the Castle at the top of the hill.   Rather than tour the castle, we start with refreshments at a little cafe just outside of the castle wall...


  ...and raise our glasses in solidarity with the oppressed worker repairing the cobbled street one brick at a time.


 Slowly. Carefully. Ever so slowly.


 Then spent the day exploring cafes, bars, and stores on the walk back down.






Perhaps the most interesting stop was at the Napoleao wine shop:


Where we sampled some ports and received a tutorial on port vintages and nomenclature. Then on to another sidewalk cafe. This one called Moma:




Where we enjoy more beer, wine, foie gras, wild boar pastry, caprese salad and fries. After meeting the girls at a downtown beer garden, we visit the Institute of Port, but not without a bit of navigation difficulties. Bob's guidebook and map could only get us to the neighborhood. After wandering in circles, we were about to give up when I accosted some locals on a street corner:

MW: "Pardon me. Do you speak English?"
Locals shake head:  "No. Very little." 
MW pressing on: "Do you know where the Institute of Port is located?"
Locals: Blank stare.
MW applying his intuitive linguistic skills: "Institut-OH Port-OH?"
Locals break into big smiles and point: "Two blocks. turn right."

That actually happened. We found it. True.




It was fun and interesting, but a bit stuffy for this crew. So off to find a suitable eatery.


Cocheira Alentejana fit the bill. Fine food. Good service. A great finish to a fine day in Lisbon.
We even managed to avoid missing the last train back to Cascais.