05.05.2011 - 05.05.2011
LISBON, PORTUGAL, EUROPE
We sailed into the River Tagus at sunrise as we sailed into the last touring port on this wonderful adventure. Lisbon was the center of the world's last great colonial empire. (We were glad to hear on the news that the EU is willing to bail out Portugal.)
The Belem Tower, erected between 1515 and 1520. The early discoverers set sail from this area.
The Monument to the Discoverers with Henry the Navigator standing in the prow of the caravel
Christ the Redeemer statue on the opposite bank of the river.
In the downtown is the Elevador de Santa Justa, designed (by an apprentice to Gustav Eiffel) to carry citizens to an upper level of the city.
From high over the rooftops we look back to the river.
In the opposite direction is Rossio Square.
On the facing hill, above the old Alfama section of the city, is the Castle St. George (we used the zoom - it's not this close).
The weather was perfect, like a warm Spring day at home. This may our last entry in the blog, unless we add something after we return. Tomorrow will be packing and teary goodbyes. Then up early Sunday morning in Dover and everyone has to leave the ship, as it goes into dry dock for two weeks in Germany. So - thanks for coming along with us on the Crystal Serenity 2011 World Cruise! We'll be home soon!