Pingo Doce

Pingo Doce (pengo dohsay) is a grocery store in downtown Lisbon near Rossio train station. We had the hardest time finding it on the first day. It’s a crowded little affair that sells great wine for 2 Euro or about $2.90 a bottle. We have been back 3 times, ha!

We have completed 3 days in Lisbon and it has been a wonderful time. We walked: the Alto stroll, the Baixa stroll and the Alfama stroll (thanks Rick Steeves). We visited many beautiful old churches like Sao Domingos with an all stone alter and chapels inside. We saw St Anthony’s crypt and Se Cathedral. But the highligh was attending a sacred concert at the Sao Roque Church, a Jesuit church daring from the 16th century.

Went to a fado concert at Cafe Luso which included dinner. In addition to 4 different fado singers they had wonderful folklore dancing,entertainment and salt cod called backalau here, dinner.

We loved our 1 bedroom apartment close to all the amenities. Shopping, sightseeing bus, catalana (fish and potato stew) and seafood paella helped pass the time.

Now tomorrow, we embarque on our trans-Atlantic cruise to Rio. We are having a great time celebrating our 30th anniversary. To be continued.

Love and blessings,

Marie and Dave
The Church of Sao Roque in the Barrio Alto.

Pingo doce to the rescue.

View from the roof top garden of the Lisbonaire Apartments.
Rossio Square.

Praça do Commércio

Looking west to the 25th of April Bridge crossing over the Tagus River.
It truly was a Portuguese water dog (breed)!
Entrance to the Alfama (old city) district from the waterfront.

I think this was the Sé Cathedral.

Heading up the cobblestone streets.
A common enough sight in Lisbon.
Looking down from near St. George Castle.

Note the classical guitar.
An intimate less touristy fado bar in the Alfama district.

Portugal’s King John 1 on horse.  There were lots of burnings at the stake here during the Inquisition.

Looking south from Edward the VII Park towards the Avenida de Liberdade.
Geronimos Monastery in the Belem district.
Paella lunch in the Baixa district.
A bunch of thank yous outside the Sao Jose Hospital.
The Oceania Marina beckons us.
Goodbye for now Lisbon (Sé Cathedral in centre).

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