|We thought it was a castle, but it's a prison!|
Since we had run out of time when we were out in Belem, we hopped back on the "Hop on Hop off bus" for another trip out to the most visited part of Lisbon. Along the way, we passed the aqueduct that was built in the 1700s. This incredible structure stretches 11 miles, and miraculously survived the earthquake!
Once we finally reached Belem, we had to stop for lunch at one of the sidewalk cafes. To live is to eat here in Portugal! Mmmmmm, delightfully delicious! And, of course, a side trip to the Pasteis de Belem for the most tantalizing custard tarts anywhere in the world! Sigh, I'll start the diet when I get home!
By the time we got to the tower, Bryce decided that he had to go admire some plumbing possibilities, but of course, that was a very long walk to the other end of the park, so I decided that I would stand in line while I waited for him. After what seemed like half an hour, I was at the front of the line, but still no Bryce! I gave up my place in line and just then, I finally saw him, but it was 5:00, and the guard had put the barrier across to prevent anyone new from joining the line. Oh no, this was the second time that we had come to see the tower, and we would have to miss it again!
"Please, kind sir, I've been standing here for half an hour and my poor husband had to go use the washroom, please let him in!" Thankfully, he took pity on us and allowed Bryce to enter. (There were a lot of people who weren't so lucky, though!)
The tower was built in the early 1500s as a first line of defense for the city, and it was well worth the trouble we went through to see it. Bryce opted to stay below while I climbed to the top to enjoy a 360 degree view of the river and the city.