The wonder of maps

Trip Start Oct 30, 2007
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Trip End Dec 11, 2007


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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Dad and I shared the driving from Porto to Lisbon. Luckily I'm getting used to driving Murvi, maybe it's not an alien space ship after all. I've finally worked out which mirrors I'm meant to use and I now actually dare to take my eyes off the road ahead of me to look in them! Navigating around Lisbon trying to find a campsite proved very difficult. In the end, after hours of driving around in circles, we decided it might be a good idea to buy a map. Surprisingly this helped a lot!

We drove into the city and managed to park quite centrally. There were a few roads closed and we noticed people in costume, so thought we'd investigate what was going on. We were expecting it to be a festival, but it turned out to be a film set with everyone dressed in 18th century costume and a few gun shot wounds.

Lisbon is built on several hills, so the city is on different levels. We started in the city centre where all the streets are large and buildings very uniform. This is the main pedestrianized shopping area with cobbled streets in black and white mosaic. This area of town is called Baixa, and it is on the lowest level. We got the Santa Justa lift, which took us up to the old town, Bairro Alta. The view from the top is brilliant, looking over the rooftops of the Baixa.
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