A Little More Lisbon
Trip Start Nov 11, 2007
31Trip End Dec 23, 2007
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This morning I headed out before Jim - I visited the St. Antao (Anthony/Antonio) Museum and the St. Antao Church - where I went down into the crypt and there was a shrine marking the place of his birth. St. Antao is the Patron Saint of Lisbon - they are very proud of him and there was even a line of locals waiting to pray to him at his alter in the church
I picked Jim up for more churches, ruins and statues....but it also included lunch - so he was game for it! We took a funicular up to the Chiado district - right next to where we are staying - but up a very steep hill. We walked down to Largo do Carmo - we watched the changing of the guards at the headquarters of the National Guard - Jim noticed that their pants were awfully tight...he didn't have much else to notice as he sat on a bench across the street while I explored the ruins of the Convento do Carmo. November 1, 1755 while many people were at Mass there was a huge 8.9 earthquake and churches and buildings collapsed, a tsumani came up the Tejo River and washed people away, fires broke out all over the city and more than 30,000 people lost their lives. This church was left with just the walls and arches standing as a reminder of this tragedy. Again - there were just a couple people inside - and I saw them in the museum - but I had the 'ruins' to myself. It was wonderful. The museum - no photos allowed - had very interesting artifacts - sarcophagi, statues, books and most interesting of all were the two mummified children from Chancay, Peru. I am wondering if these are the same ones that were found about 15 years or so ago. There wasn't any more information other than where they came from.
Lunchtime and we had a nice lunch at a local place and that gave us enough energy to finish walking up and down the steep streets of the Chiado
We are getting ready to go and upload this now and then we will be off to dinner and to the Port Wine Institute after that for some Port and a chance for Jim to smoke a cigar inside. Tomorrow we are off on an overnight trip to Porto - for a closer look at how Port is made and a nice ride up to the Northern part of the country. Look for the next journal entry Monday.
Have a good weekend.