01 November 2014
Can you cover beautiful, historic Lisbon in just a few hours if that's all the time you've got? Well, I did it by taxi cab. The friendly cabby offered me a tour in answer to my queries about what I shouldn't miss about Lisbon. In this way, I got to see old Lisbon with its cobbled, steep streets with yellow trams running alongside, Castle at the top, city squares surrounded by majestic, historic buildings, Jeronimo's Monastery, Monument to the Portuguese discoverers, and the Tower of Belem marking the spot where the discoverers set sail to discover new trading routes and trading posts. Driving towards the Tagus River, you would think you are in San Francisco with the Golden Gate Bridge spanning the river and at the same time in Rio De Janeiro with the magnificent Statue of Christ towering above the opposite shore. A good round up of the quick but comprehensive tour is the sight of the impressive Roman aqueduct, an engineering feat and a constant reminder that Portugal is the oldest country in Europe and has been home to many cultures, culminating in the variety of cuisine and famous port wine that can be readily sampled in the many sidewalk cafes throughout Lisbon.