Over the parliamentary recess in October (I know this is really old, but I've been so busy!), AJ and I spent a few days in Lisboa, the capitol of Portugal. AJ and I always try to experience as much of the culture of the places we visit as we can, and Portugal sure does have a lot of culture to offer. As you can imagine, I was super excited to visit the city I had learned so much about and to speak Portuguese! As expected, the Portuguese was different from Brazilian Portuguese, yet still so beautiful! Portugal is known for its unique music style of fado, long history of navigation, as well as delicious bacalhau (salted and dried cod fish) and pasteis (sweet or savory treat in a cup shape), so we made sure to check those out. We booked two days on the Sightseeing Portugal bus and off we went! (Note: the green line of this company does not offer regular sized buses that can accommodate wheelchairs, so don't pay for all of the lines! It was still a convenient option for the most part. You can explore regular bus routes or the metro.)
Lisboa was pretty wheelchair accessible. I was able to wheel down the streets with little problems. There were some slopes that I struggled getting up, so AJ would give me a push here and there. The shops are also a little more cozy and some had steps without lift options, so that was a bit tricky. I think it was most difficult when I wanted to try on clothes, but stalls were not accessible. There is a bit more Lisbon can do in terms of catering to wheelchairs. But I understand the economy is tough here and they're barely keeping afloat. Wheelchair accessibility probably doesn't make the list just as it isn't in many other places. I'm just saying it would be a bit more enjoyable if I could get around with more ease.
However, I had fun in this beautiful city. Some of my favorite places included: the Museu de Marinha (Sea Museum), Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, and the Museu de Fado.
Right next door to the museum is the Mosteiros dos Jerónimos (Jeronimos Monastery), where we found Vasco da Gama (ocean explorer) and Luis de Camões' (beautiful poet) tombs. The monastery is very ornate with intricate carvings and cloisters. We went through it pretty quickly, but got a good view of it. It was fully wheelchair accessible and free!
|Mosteiro dos Jerónimo|
|An old compass|
|AJ and model of a great boat|
|scrumptious pasteis in the making|
|Fado is joy, fado is pleasure because fado gives us life, and in fado I want to die...|
Overall, a great trip to Lisboa! I can't wait to visit the rest of Portugal.