I arrived in Lisbon after the worst drive of my life with a driver who had no idea how to drive on country roads. I was staying at my friend Ana’s house and was so happy to see her when she picked me up from the city. The city is stunning, historical and so close to beaches and forest. Ana had a day off work the next day so we head to the Pena Castle, Sintra town centre and to the most westerly point of continental europe. The castle was the grandest and most beautiful castle I have been to so far. It was colourful on the outside and very detailed on the inside of each room. The town of Sintra was hanging off a hillside and had the nicest little bakery and historical buildings.
The next day I explored Cascais and lazed on the beach for a few hours. The weather was perfect, though still too cold for a swim. Pretty nice for the end of winter. I strolled along the coast and came to the castle, which is now home to art galleries and a theatre. The rest of the town is rather small, though there was many beautiful back alley’s and some nice looking shops.
The city of Lisbon was about thirty minutes on the train so I decided I would explore it two days, being the worst days for laying on the beach. The first day I just explored, found some cool street art and got my bearings of the city. The second day I targeted the places I wanted to see, which were about 3kms from one another. I made my way to the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte which is an amazing viewpoint for the city, as well as having some great street art. From the station I stumbled upon the Praça do Comércio, the largest square in Europe and a great place to see the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge.
From here I walked down through some alleys with great art and to an area where there was an international shop where I thought I might find some vegemite. I had no luck so I continued on to my final destination of the contemporary art museum. This museum is free and has some great art. The explanations were really good as well. I loved their cubist art, however like all contemporary art museums there was a range of slightly abstract art to the completely confusing art that leaves me scratching my head as to the meaning.