the rooster of barcelos is sold everywhere. we saw them at sourvenir shops as we walked the town on 28.3.2016. ^^
see legend of rooster of barcelos – so if the man to be hang was innocent, the dead rooster would crow again…
after a great hearty breakfast at tartine, we took a walk to arco da rua augusta & the praca do comercio on the way to the castelo.
we followed the tram 28 route, but decided to walk both onward & return journey instead of taking the tram.
we saw the arc along the route..
a victory monument to commenorate the reconstruction of lisboa after the 1755 earthquake..
on the left facing the praca is the supreme court building & on the right the ministry of justice.
the praca, square of commerce, looks over river tagus.
it is also referred to as the terreiro do paco or palace yard of the pacos da rebeira (royal ribeira palace) which was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake, followed by a tsunami & fire that destroyed mist of lisboa..
the square is a pleasant expansive space with government buildings on the sides.
the statue of King José I, by Machado de Castro (1775) stands at the centre of the praca. the king on his horse is symbolically crushing snakes on his path.
after the praca, we spied some go cars rental. there were tourists riding these along the streets.
my son had taken it previously when he was here in 2011.
wife & i were not taking it so my son & daughter did not take them this t
on the way to castelo, we passed by the santo antonio church.
it’s a nice little 18th century baroque catholic church.
took a shot of the nave, low lighting not so clear.
nice murals of biblical stories…
alfama is the oldest district with interesting maze of narrow streets, historical buildings & tiled roofs.
there was an interesting street mosaic art…
after that we turned left uphill towards the castelo de sao jorge.
& after the castle, we had excellent chorizo, cheese & port at winebar do castelo.
after a satisfied meal, we walked further along the tram 28 route.
to miradouro de santa luzia…
a very nice lookout over the alfama terrain, castle & all the way down the lezo estuary to river tagus.
a view of castelo do sao jorge from miradouro de santa luzia…
looking over the tile roofs to the tagus river…
we debated whether to take a tuk tuk, & decided to just walk back.
on the way back we passed by a delightful restaurant on a terrace slope.
beautiful place. a hip place to chill out.
at the top before the entrance to the restaurant is a curio, sourvenir shop.
took some photos of the buildings/architecture…
after that its going back to our apartment.
after passing rossio square, we walked up the slope of calcada do carmo, then up the steps of calcado do duque & back to our apartment.
the restaurants were serving tables on the steps.
it was a wonderful relaxing walk after a great breakfast & port cheese lunch. still we need our rest & cuppa at the apartment.
in the evening we went to jose avillez’s cantinho do avillez for dinner.
daughter decided to give it a miss & skipped dinner. guess she didn’t miss much. 🙂