One of Lisbon's tourist attractions - the legendary tram nº 28 has been in operation since 1914. It travels about 10 km, takes just over an hour and connects with many of the city's major attractions. Traveling by tram is quite an experience as there are times when the streets are so narrow that you can touch the walls. A great way to see the city and integrate into the streets in a fun and inexpensive way.
It runs along a steep and narrow streets to end at the Mirador de San Pedro de Alcántara. The car is quite old but kept in perfect condition. Best, go early in the morning to avoid the tourist crowds, and enjoy the journey.
Lisbon is a unique city, it's as if time stopped in the nineteenth century - its cobbled streets, houses with chipped facades, trams, trains, everything evokes centuries of glory. It's decadent but grabs you from the first step on. The views, from the upper quarter and from the castle of St. George, are genuine postcards full of life, color and magic - ideal for a weekend.
I had heard about the charm of the Tower of Belem, so one of my days in Lisbon I made a visit to that part of town. The tower is pretty good, but to my surprise it turned out to be an area with several points of interest. This monument was one of my discoverers in Belem.
The Atlantic Pavilion in Lisbon is in the Park of Nations, the area specifically built for Expo '98. It's a large oval-shaped building that's used to hold exhibitions, concerts and shows with a most varied program. For example, March is scheduled to show "Disney on Ice" and April an Il Divo concert.
The Republic Assembly is the legislative body of the Republic of Portugal, it's a unicameral, has 230 members and its headquarters are in the Palácio de São Bento, Lisbon. This Palace is a neoclassical and became the headquarters of the Portuguese Republic in 1834, the year in which the religious orders were banned. It was built in the sixteenth century as a Benedictine monastery but at present, due to various reforms in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, we see a new building, with little resemblance to the previous. This palace was included in the 2002 list of National Monuments. In the rear of the Palace is a villa and some beautiful gardens visible from the tram, where the official residence of the Portuguese Prime Minister is.
The Sao Mamede Gallery of Art is the oldest in Lisbon. Located in the house that occupied the famous Marques de Pombal in Rua do Sao Mamede. It's in the Alto neighborhood and the owner let us admire it, he was very friendly indeed and very polite. The place is admirable for its paintings and sculptures and to discover just traipse the streets of Lisbon, entering shops, galleries and everything is open.