Wednesday, July 24: I return to Lisbon from Cascais in the late afternoon and take a long walk from the train station up an endless hill to Bairro Alto. Here I stumble upon my last sighting of pastel de nata. Oh how I will miss this treat when I leave Portugal tomorrow morning.
I’ll miss the mosaic cobbled walkways of the city.
And the dramatic statues in serene parks.
I drop into the Basilica dos Martires, dedicated to the martyrs who participated in the 1147 reconquest of Lisbon from the Moors. This beautiful Baroque church was built after the 1755 earthquake on the site of another where the first baptism after the reconquest took place. It was completed in 1784. Inside is a marble altar and a beautifully painted ceiling, as well as an organ that’s considered one of the best in the country (LisbonLux: Basilica dos Martires).
I think the ceiling in this church is one of the most beautiful I have seen during my trip.
I’ll miss Portugal’s amazing architecture and Lisbon’s colorful buildings and street lamps.
I also drop into the skeletal Convento do Carmo; all that remains after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake and a later violent fire are its cracked pillars and soaring arches, reaching longingly into the heavens.
The Carmo Archeological Museum keeps and exhibits important pieces of sculpture from the Carmo monastery and church, as well as from many other ancient buildings, such as monastic houses. It also holds works from prehistoric times until the present day.
I continue heading up the hill past inviting cafes and the Teatro da Trinidad.
And I head back to my favorite spot in Lisbon, LOSTin, for a beer and some parting views of the city.
After going back to my hotel to rest a bit, I venture out one last time to have some dinner. I pass more Lisbon balconies, which I wistfully wish were mine.
And I surprise myself by stopping into a sushi place that has been bustling every time I’ve passed it by. The food is delicious, even though as a parting Lisbon experience, it’s not exactly Portuguese food. 🙂
Finally, I return to my hotel, where I request an early morning wake-up call for my flight back home to the USA. 😦