Monday, 31 August 2015

Lisbon, Day 6, August 30, 2015

No trip to the market today. We saw a medieval castle from where we were yesterday and Jill said she wanted to go there, so that’s what we did.

Yesterday's views of the castle 

It was the highest point in Lisbon and we debated whether to walk or take a cab.  Walking won out because slow takes in the feel of the neighbourhood and the challenge of the climb, and what a climb it was. Once we got to the gates of Castelo de Sao Jorje, we stopped at a small restaurant with tables outside for a small beer (.20 ml) a bowl of soup, fish for me, veggie for Jill, and a cod ball. It was all we needed for lunch. 

Then into the castle we went. We were surprised that a fog had come up the river and the blue sky was blotted out. The coolness of the altitude was so refreshing after our climb but still hot. The views were spectacular.

You can see the square where we walked from

 Views from the castle

The castle was built by the Moors in the 11th century. We spent our time walking the walls and taking in the spectacular views. Lots of stairs and wondering how many had died on them when the Moors were defeated by the first King of Portugal and the Crusaders.  

Back down was much easier. We stopped at a large store that sold port. Had a tasting and bought a half bottle of ten year old port which was yummy. We opted to not go out for dinner and picked up some chicken breast and a red pepper. I already had chorizo, shitake mushrooms, garlic, parsley, white wine, and olives to add to the chicken for our dinner at home. I melted some sugar in water, a little port, and two figs for a fab dessert. I've never done this before, but will surely do it again if I can get figs this fresh.

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