Monday, May 12, 2008

Lisbon, Portugal (May 7-9, 2008)

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and also its largest city, situated where the Tagus River meets the Atlantic Ocean. During the 16th century - Lisbon's golden age - the city was one of the greatest maritime centers of the world, serving as a hub of commerce for Europe, Africa and Asia.

Lisbon's seven hilltops provide sweeping views of the city and the waterfront, as well as the narrow streets and staircases that wind down to the center plazas. Old trams run constantly through the city's steep neighborhoods, past pink and yellow houses and blue tiled churches.

Looking out over Lisbon from one of the city's hilltops; note the Castelo de Sao Jorge on the green hill to the right of the photo
Here's the view from the castle back to the hilltop church that can be seen on the left hand side of the top photo
Lisbon's colorful streets
Tram #28 runs through some of the steepest streets in the city
The Alfama quarter, Lisbon's oldest district, is a veritable maze of staircases -getting lost is guaranteed!

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