Monday, July 11, 2011

March Trip: Lisbon's Castelo de Sao Jorge

I is a nice problem to have.  We are travelling so much, I can't keep up with downloading of the photos from the camera, uploading to them flickr, and posting updates to the blog. 

That said, March's trip took us to Lisbon for a very temperate weekend in this lovely city in Portugal.  Great time all round; although we took a slightly more leisurely pace that the Budman and Hachie Gal are apt to do and did not make it to Sentra.

So, the sights of Lisbon...first up, the Castelo de Sao Jorge, including the battlements, castle, the cobbled streets of Santa Cruz, and the wonderful views of Lisbon from the observation terrace.

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A little history might be in order. Following the recapture of Lisbon from the Moors in 1147, King Alfsonso Henriques transformed the hilltop citadel into the residence for the Portuguese kings. A more lavish palace was built in 1511 but an earthquake in 1755 (apparently a really big one b/c there are references to almost total destruction to Lisbon and its buildings everywhere in the city) caused the palace to lay in ruins for almost 200 years. Restoration began in 1938 and voila!

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