Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lisbon - the Alfama

The Alfama, below Castelo de São João, is the oldest part of Lisbon, the Moorish Quarter with twisting streets and steep steps. It's full of churches and Fado bars, Fado being traditional Portuguese songs rooted in longing.

And with that, we leave Lisbon and head for the interior of Portugal. On the way out of town, we stopped at Parque Eduardo VII, King Edward VII to you, because he visited the city in 1902 to strengthen Britain's historic ties with Portugal.

Monument of the 25th of April at the top of the park, commemorating the 1974 revolution, sometimes called the Carnation Revolution for the flowers women put into the rifle muzzles of the military who effected the coup with few shots fired, ending Portugal's long dictatorship.

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