Arrived to Lisbon after 15 hours of travel. \240My white canvas is ready to be painted on, with a one way ticket to jump \240fully into this adventure.
I came prepared with all the necessary rain gear and I needed it right from the the start. It was raining cats and dogs from the moment I got off the airplane. \240I was watching the weather and wondering how all this rain was going to treat me on the camino.
I got a good start in the city. \240I took a cab from the airport to the apartment I rented \240for two days. \240The location looked excellent on the internet and I hit it perfectly.
Great walking to \240many cool parts of the city. Arriving at 7 am allowed me time to drop off my bag, but I couldn’t check in till the afternoon.
Being in a foreign country in a foreign city takes a bit of adjusting... it was an easy spot to get started. \240So many pedestrian streets with no vehicles...impressive public transportation. Trolleys, buses, trains, metros and boat...that’s enough options to cut back on cars.
Walking in the rain got easy to adjust to since it came down in downpours and moments of billowy clouds passing by. \240Plenty of doorways to take a moment and watch it come down.. this cheap China made umbrellas flip upside and break after an afternoon of use..yes I bought one that got me through the day.
I was able to get into my apartment that looked out on a beautiful plaza ... fully furnished and comfortable.
Once I settled in, I wondered \240how I still had energy after a day of travel with not much sleep. \240These homeopathic jet lag pills actually worked.
I decided to take a 3 hour walking tour of the city to get my bearings. \240It was well worth the time and in the evening.. I was still not tired and wondered around some more.
Very comfortable walking at night alone... of course being mindful of my surroundings.
Had done a bit of investigating how I was going to begin my walk out of Lisbon. I was so surprised to see no one that I could find had any information... in France and Spain on my last trip, everyone was full of information on the camino. \240I did more research on the Internet on a camino blog and it appeared that walking out of Lisbon was not a good choice. \240It gets industrial and is not a pleasant walk. \240So I looked at my transport options and I can take a train to Azambuja which will be my beginning spot. \240I will be in the countryside ready to start walking on Friday.
In the bohemian part of the the city I saw a photograpgy exhibit that looked interesting, so took a walk back there this morning. \240It was called Reflections of the soul. \240Yangkang spent \24010 years collecting images of Tibet. \240The photos sent a wave of calmness to my soul. \240Glad I went back to see it.
Hmmm.. what was I going to today in the city..the countryside was calling me so I took a tour that I am so glad I did, to a place called Sintra. \240It was like walking back in time,such beauty visiting Peña Palace where king Ferdinand from Germany \240married a Portugues queen. \240Placed beautifully looking out over the countryside of Sintra.
Great to get the history from a wonderful tour guide,
We passed farming areas on the way out to the farthest western place on the continental European coast where the land meets the sea at Cabo de Roca.
After all those dynamic ions by the sea,we headed back to the city where I spotted \240a small restaurant for some wonderful seafood paella and a glass of wine. A great way to end the day.
View from my room
Best known \240pastry in Lisbon crema de nate
Windy moment at Cabo de Boca
A view of Lisbon
Hot roasted chestnuts
Paella and vino
April 10th and 11th