A Day in Lisbon


Today was our last port of call on this cruise: Lisbon, beautiful capital city of Portugal. We have been here quite a few times over the years and it never disappoints. We are even always lucky with the weather. It was, true to form, sunny and warm today with brilliant blue skies. The ship berthed right in the centre of town. It was a mere 10 minutes walk along the riverfront to get to the big main square.

Our first stop was at a patisserie on the Rue Augusta, the main shopping street. We wanted to have some Pastel de Natas and coffee. They are a particularly delicious form of custard tart and Bob is particularly fond of them. That was an enjoyable start to the day. Then we wandered up and down the streets, looking in the shops and enjoying the particularly nice shoe shops. Didn’t buy anything but it was good to look. Eventually, we got hungry again and called into a small restaurant that we have visited before for lunch. I had grilled Cuttlefish with potato and Bob had grilled veal steak with frites. They brought us some delicious bread and local cheese as a freebie starter. We washed it down with a jug of vinho verde, a light, slightly sparkling white wine. Perfect lunch.

We popped into a wine and port shop to buy a couple of bottles for the last few days of the cruise. The man was really helpful and we got 2 bottles of red wine and one of vinho verde. Good prices.

Sat down for a while in a bar near the ship and had some more wine and used the wifi. Honestly, it sounds like we did nothing but eat and drink LOL and maybe that’s right! It was just a lovely relaxing visit.

Got back on the ship about 3 and lay out on the rear sun deck enjoying the last of the warm sun. The sailaway was very enjoyable. It’s very scenic to sail off from the pretty town, arranged over the hills, to pass under the bridge across the Tagus and then past the Explorers Monument, the Belem Tower.

Had dinner in the restaurant and then saw the resident Cunard company perform a musical show based on Broadway productions. Very good as usual.