Monday, January 3, 2011

Cascais-Lisbon-Day 1

With new enthusiasm, Brock and I set forth to explore Lisbon.  The day was beautiful, not a cloud in sight.  We took the local train to Belem and I climbed the Monument of Discoveries.  From the top, I had an amazing 360 degree view of Lisbon.

New we went to the Tower of Belem.  The Tower of Belem is what the Effel Tower is to Paris.  The large structure jets out into the bay and use to be a look out tower for potential invasions.  You feel like you are stepping back in time, into a world of kings and queens and battles.

After the Belem Towers, we set off to be spies.  The train took us to Estoril which was the inspiration for Ian Flemming's James Bond.  Apparently during WW2, he frequented the Casino Estoril where spies and secret agents filled the room.  He used to sit in the casino surrounded by the secret agents and it inspired him to create James Bond and Casino Royale was born.

Brock and I had to pose in front of the casino and we even attempted to go into the casino and have a vodka martini, shaken, not stirred but it was closed.  Oh well, my secret life as a spy would have to wait another day.  It was cool to be standing at the muse for Casino Royale and the location for the wedding in Her Majesty's Secret Service.  Only thing that could have made it better, would have been if my dad was there with me and we could have our picture taken together in front of the casino.  My dad owns every James Bond movie and since I was a little girl, I grew up watching everyone with him over and over.

Back to reality as the train took us to our final stop at Cascais.  There isn't much to do there except walk the windy streets, have lunch at a sidewalk cafe, and play on the rocks at the beach....that was enough for me.  The day was perfect and listening to the waves and taking photos was a perfect way to spend the day for me.  Not much could have made it any better.

We made it back to Lisbon and found dinner at a great side street restaurant.  I had a chicken burrito and we ended the night at the hostel drinking wine and port.

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