|Trolley cars run throughout the city|
We finally arrived at our rented condo in Lisbon 24 hours after being dropped off at the airport in Vancouver. We were very grateful that everything had gone so smoothly, as by the time that we had waited in London for our connecting flight, caught the subway to Rossio, and after stumbling around the square in dazed circles, we finally asked someone in a restaurant if they could help us find our condo. To our surprise, rather than telling us where to go, one of the servers kindly walked us right to our door, even dragging one of our suitcases along for us.
When we finally found the condo, we were astounded to see the stairs that awaited us. Gathering our last ounce of energy, we managed to stagger up to our new home for the next two weeks. We were delighted to find a small but clean and cozy condo with everything we need, including a washer and dryer combo!
|A view of our new home from the rooftop restaurant next door. We're in the bottom door on the right.|
|Oh boy, more stairs!|
Lisbon is situated at the mouth of the Tagus River, the longest river on the Iberian Peninsula, which includes Portugal and Spain. This creates a beautiful backdrop for the Praco do Comercio (the Square of Commerce), a lovely shopping area with lovely sidewalk cafes that stretch from the river to the square in the centre of Rossio, the beautiful area of the city that we are staying in.
The entry into the river plaza is through the Arco da Rua Augusta, which was rebuilt in 1873 after the earthquake of 1755 destroyed most of the town. The arch was designed to celebrate the bronze statue of King Jose 1, built in 1775.
|Bronze statue of King Jose 1|
|Brycey framed by the Arco da Rua Augusta|
After enjoying lunch in one of the lovely sidewalk cafes, we wandered and shopped along the mall for a few hours and a leisurely one mile stroll until we reached the Rossio square.
|A selfie in front of the fountain in Rossio square|
Ah, an exhausting but happy first day, we were grateful to settle into bed, as we were still feeling the effects of jet lag.