12.10.2008 - 16.10.2008 24 °C
After our luck with Hostels in Porto, and our bad experience in Lisbon last time round 3 years ago (where our hotel appeared to be swaying in the wind 8 floors up) we booked a very well reviewed hostel in the centre of Lisbon
And the view
We now measure all other hostels against this place! It was basically a luxury share apartment! Our room was great, we had a full kitchen, we had free internet on brand new computers, we had a tv room with Cable, and a DVD library, the manager Marco, invited everyone out for drinks every night at his local bars, and the highlight, you got a cooked breakfast every morning of either eggs on toast, or crepes with Nutella! We were in Heaven!
We had been to Lisbon before, so we had down most of the tourist sights which is great so we could really explore the city
We went out to the great Gulbenkian Museum, was actually 3 parts, Museum which included various pieces from the founder Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian personal collection over the years from egyptian art b.c. to art novuea jewelrey
There was a very impressive section on Roman/Greek gods in Coins
And we loved the René Lalique jewelery
Then there was the next building with Modern Art, with a very impressive permenant collection and a few good exhibitions including "Works from the Deutsche Bank Collection"
This was an intresting piece which was a series of Compasses which would react to each either in a random chain pattern
The real highlight of Lisbon is just walking the back streets and exploring, we really loved the Barrio Alto area but we could never find the start of this Elevador Bica
So we spent the next few days, exploring Lisbon and relaxing in our Hostel
Lisbon, like Porto is built into a very steep area, which makes for some great view points, we visted quite a few and somehow ended up with a lot of photos of Rishi in front of them!
Finally after 4 nights, it was time to move on. Changing our plans again due to transport problems we caught the train down to Faro in the Algarve in the south of Portugal where we would catch a bus through to Seville in Spain
Somehow I managed to find this great Skate store, with a in store mini ramp, which the guy let me us for free. Photos didnt work so well with the massive fan casting moving shadows over the ramp, but you get the idea!
Then back to Espana!