We caught a taxi for not a great distance to our hotel. The receptionist was very humourous. We complained that we had a double bed and not twin beds, as requested. He had paperwork that said double and we had paperwork that said twin. He suggested we went out and have coffee and although she would not be happy about it, the maid would saw the bed in half and remake them. The room was modest but clean and functional with a nice outlook.
The large roundabout that you can't really see, contained in the centre a huge statue of Marques de Pombal (1699-1782). He held a post equivalent to Prime Minister for 27 years and lead the country very well, including outstanding work after the earthquake of 1755. I think I have a photo of the statue for later.
There was a nice roof top garden on our level, just metres from our room at the Fenix Garden Hotel.
We went out for a late afternoon wander along the grand Avenue da Liberdade and found a minimart in a side street where we bought wine and a few other things after extracting some euros from an electric bank.
There were some steep hills at times. Little did we know what lay in wait for us the next day. Remains of a disused tram line.
Public transport is well used in Portugal, but people seemed to wait for a long time for buses. The traffic was quite congested at times.
We had dinner nearby, I can't remember where, and had a good night's sleep.
Next morning at the hotel desk we bought two day passes for the hop on hop off buses, which departed from an area of the parkland across the road from our hotel.
Of four different routes we chose the longest tour first, the orange route. We more or less followed the Targus River westward to the delightful holiday area of Cascais. This aqueduct was completed in about 1750 and brought water in from the Cascais area.
The 25th of April Bridge, 2.3 kilometres long.
General photos along the way and around Cascais.
I feel at home, with the noxious weed lantana growing here too.
We stopped for the driver to have a 20 minute break at a nice park in Cascais.
A ramps for ducks and possibly tortoise.
Don't ask me.
Eucalipto, eucalyptus or gum tree to us.
St Julian Fort.
A war memorial.
Monument to sailors and explorers.