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Exploring historic Lisbon | Getaway

Exploring historic Lisbon | Getaway



Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe older than Paris older than London older than Rome even and it's the only European capital to be built on both a river the Tagus and a sea the Atlantic this is very much a city that herbs and flows with the tide and shimmers with the most extraordinary light it's a light that is trapped and reflected by Lisbon seven surrounding hills it's a light that is mirrored upon the surface of the river it's a light that bounces off the pale colors of the sandstone buildings of the city the name Lisbon comes from the word ELISA PO which means enchanted port and that's exactly how this city feels it is made this lively Portuguese city is the starting point for our unforgettable duo with Lisbon and Madrid journey with scenic from here we head north to the charming port city of Porto where we'll bought Senecas Europe to sail along the Magnificent Douro Valley then we'll wrap it up with a couple of days in the Spanish capital as Portugal's capital this colorful city has all the grand monuments and stately cathedrals you'd expect but this here is its heart rocío square or praca de rozier for the local school this is Lisbon's main square where the workers come to protest where buskers come to howl where tourists come to get fleece for expensive coffee the official name of the square is Dom Pedro the fourth but it's a name that never stuck perhaps it's because the statue there is thought to be of a guy called Maximilian of Mexico a guy who died at the hands of a firing squad the Mexicans didn't want a statue of Maximilian so they sold it at a knockdown price to the Portuguese because max looked like dog down toward the river is the hieronymus monastery of 500 year old masterpiece with a history as impressive as its sheer physical size it took over a century to build but the chapel itself dates back even further it was King Manuel who built the church yes he was one who was pastor at a construction of the Church here in Berlin and there was a reason why it was built right here yes there's a reason here was like a little Hermitage that belonged to the Military Order of Christ and he was governor he was great master that order and for that reason he chose his part to build his masterpiece with a kind of declaration that in Portugal we called manually no King Manuel gave the orders for the monasteries construction to begin at the end of the 1400s here at the site where seafarers sought refuge and prayed for safe passage during Portugal's Age of Discovery and we're right we're right next to the river so this is where the the explorers would depart from exactly and they would come in here before their voyage yes it was mandatory for them to stop here on their way to the new world so they want to ask for protection and then thank God that they arrived safe you just cannot underestimate what these guys achieved really they they opened up Europe to the rest of the world really in their Europe now see the known world at the time exactly because other people tried to do circular indicate the world but they never found the passage and that's pretty much what we did we found a passage from the Atlantic to the Indyk ocean the monastery not only has an important connection to the empire-building era of which Portugal is rightly proud it's also uniquely connected to another famed Portuguese creation it's a creation that simply would not exist were it not for a particular monastic laundry requirement the Portuguese are known the world over for their great explorers can fish and most importantly for the creation of these selectable delicacies in Portugal the nuns had to use the yoke – you know to do something to eat and then figure the custards yeah with a with a yoke why do they have the eggs in the first place well the thing is that that they needed the wide part of the air good to keep the coats I use the watch of starch I need to do something with the rest and then we start to just inventing things and mostly custard sweets unfortunately for us those creative monks had the culinary now's to produce what we now know is the Portuguese tart and what the locals call has this donata massive kitchen out there do you have any idea how many how many of these are baking a day about six thousand custard a – Wow it's a large they are very good after the break the splendor Sentra quite possibly Portugal's most delightful town I mean look at it's a fairytale village of great beauty


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