Friday, September 24, 2010

Lisbon Day 3 - Gulbenkian, Castle, Cathedral

Gulbenkian Museum

We walked up the Avenue Liberdade and through the Edward VII park to the Gulbenkian (Mr 5%). Worth the walk, as the collection is mighty impressive. The Egyptian room has a small but world class collection. The Greek coins were fascinating, really sculptural with big, bold, bossed heads. The Persian collection is held in a huge cool room in the centre, all low key geometrical design and ceramics. The French furniture was OK, but not to my taste, big, bulky and baroque. It reminded us all of the Burrell collection in Glasgow, which is housed in a similar low rise building set in a park. The modern art gallery in the same park had some horrific exhibition by a Portuguese artist.

Café de Versailles

A longish walk to one of Lisbon’s older chandeliered Cafes, where we had lunch and some cakes. Then back into town on the metro and tram 12 up to the lookout, where we had a beer, and a further hike up to the castle.

Castle and cathedral

This was one of the highlights of the trip. It was cool, the views were great and in the keep, a classical guitarist was playing some exquisite pieces, in his natural studio. We sat and listened for ages, then bough his CD, before catching the 12 down the hill to the Cathedral, a rather dull building.

Quayside meal

Tram 15 to a row of restaurants on the shorefront just beneath the huge suspension bridge. Ate at the Duca, and although the food was good, service was slow and the noise of the bridge traffic and nearby clubs was annoying. Old style tram 15 back into town.

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