It was a little nerve racking rolling into Lisbon. I had booked an apartment for 5 days in the Ajuda neighborhood on a hunch, a pretty long stay for our style and had no idea whether I could even find the place or parking in the convoluted old streets.
Ajuda turned out to be lovely, just up the hill from Belem where museums and monuments abounded. lisbon 015 Ajuda was very friendly, especially if you liked dogs.

A dog visits us for our first meal in Ajuda

A dog visits us for our first meal in Ajuda

Our apartment stood over a little plaza ajudalisbao2 001that was dog central both night

Dog caught in the act

Dog caught in the act

and day ajuda3 002ajuda3 003ajuda3001 Most evenings we would recap the day at Aroma’s cafe with a $0.55 glass of vino tinto. ajudalisbao2 027Mornings were spent planning the day while the morning fog rose off the river. evora 005 Late morning we stumbled down the cobble streets to Belem where we caught whichever tram and bus came by to carry us somewhere we haven’t been yet. Our favorite was Tram 28. tram 28

cute trams, cute drivers

cute trams, cute drivers

It ran on some of the narrowest alleys through the medieval Alfalma district. The steepest was a double tram up a steep hill off the Biaxe.tramlisbao2 021 Painter rolls down while trams rolls up.tramlisbao2 022 The Biaxe is the central district which was rebuilt in a Parisian style after an earthquake destroyed it in the 18th century. Lisbon is the only European city where we’ve seen tuk tuks. tuktuklisbon 020Made us yearn for our next stop, Africa. Late afternoon was for Biaxe cafes, people watchingpeoplelisbao2 023and promenades.peoplelisbao2 003
On our last day in Lisbon we saw a banner hung in the Biaxe remembering this week’s tragedy in Paris. lisbon3 007

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