“Travels to a Different Time” :4July1978: Lisbon, Portugal: The Overwhelming Decadence of Lisbon

The flight from Montreal to Lisbon on TAP was uneventful. We stopped in the Azores for cleaning and refuelling. Fresh local pineapple was delicious. Arrived in Lisbon around 10:00. First impressions that Lisbon was once a grand city as after all Portugal was a colonial power at one point. But it seems falling apart in a wave of decay. Took a taxi to the Flamingo Hotel and after a shower crashed until 19:00. Had a walk and had some supper. An odd language and not Latin. It is very harsh sounding.

5July1978: Lisbon, Portugal: Political Slogans Everywhere!

Missed breakfast due to jet lag deep sleep. Had breakfast delivered to the door. Great café au lait, rolls, butter and jam. Slept again until 17:00 and began to feel human. Took subway which was cheap at 18 cents. Not modern but quiet. People in the area seem prosperous and well dressed but there was a beggar woman hanging out outside a subway station. Shrimp and salad for dinner. Picked up a bottle of mineral water at the front desk. Agua con gas means sparkling while Agua sin gas means still. Another sleep and will be fit as a fiddle. Man there are political slogans everywhere and many hammer and sickles.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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