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Because we arrived a day early in Lisbon we were able to spend more time the next day seeing the sights.
Below: Louise & I went off in different directions to explore. Someone was kind enough to take a photo of her with part of the city and harbour in the background. Nice, yes?
Below: Reflection of we two.
First for me, of course, were ships. 'Cause that's what I do.
Not too far down the page you will find lots of photos from around Lisbon.
Above: Crown Princess.
That fuelling ship again - Guanarteme.
Below: Approaching the cruise ship Zenith.
End of ships for today. Mostly.
Across the road from where the ship tied up was the train station.
I wandered in; no ticket and no security.
Also not far away is the Church of Santa Engracia.
A prominent landmark near the waterfront.
Above: Photo by VanGore and stolen from the internet!
The church of Santa Engracia was built in 1681 but it only opened for use in 1966.
(Pre-European Union, so that institution cannot be blamed for bureaucratic delays.)
The endless process of construction spawned a popular expression referring to anything that took a long time: "The works of Saint Engracia"
Above: The front door.
The church has been designated as Portugal's national Pantheon.
The church is home to the tombs of many notables such as Manuel de Arriaga, Portugal's first elected president; Amalia Rodrigues, world-famous Fado singer.
What's a Fado singer?
A type of Portuguese singing that is renowned for its expressive and profoundly melancholic character. It speaks to the often harsh realities of everyday life, sometimes with a sense of resignation, sometimes with hope of resolution.
Click here for an example of Fado.
Anyway, back to the church.
A bit more about the church of Santa Engracia click here.
Santa Engracia died in the year 304.
She was a Spanish virgin martyr, native of Saragossa, Spain.
She was tortured but survived her ordeal.
Why is it that male martyrs are never described as 'virgin'?
Lots more about this church, including some lovely black and white photos, here.
Below: The church is built of stone. Just sayin'.
Below: Views of Lisbon & the Tagus River from the top of the church.
Above: Moss growing on the wall.
Above: Tagus River. The longest waterway of the Iberian Peninsula, about 1,000 km from source to the Atlantic ocean near Lisbon. In Portuguese it called the Rio Tajo.
More about the Tagus River here.
Above: Our ride, Star Breeze.
Below: Crown Princess.
Below: The sound of children at play and
a parade of TukTuks. More here.
The next installment will be photos from a walking tour of Lisbon, in which your author was hopelessly lost yet thrilled with the things he discovered. And, we share Louise's photos of places I did not go.