I left the hostel early this morning with the intention of walking along the Rio Tejo promenade to the reputedly beautiful Mosteiros dos Jerónimos. The six-mile walk was highly enjoyable and filled with thousands of other folks taking pleasure the perfect weather by running, sailing, roller skating, biking, paddling, snacking on roasted chestnuts, and every other thing people do along a lovely riverside in great weather. A community event was taking place at the large public space, the Praça do Comércio, including a foot race, and as I walked west along the river, swarms of runners passed me in both directions. Along with them, I got to hear the rollicking jazz band playing on the roadside for encouragement. It was a real treat.
At one place, I found a bar called Hawaii; lei festooned the walls, along with Kim Taylor Reese posters!
Sadly, the monastery was packed and the line to just buy tickets was blocks long, so I took a pass. Next visit!
After returning to my neighborhood, I discovered performing arts college students showing off their talents in the streets (to raise money). Good fun!
Not a bad way to spend a Sunday.
Here are some photos. They’re not the greatest, but they give an idea of this Sunday Lisbon outing.
Live all you can. It’s a mistake not to.