Bottom to Top: Doing Tourist Things in Lisbon


Doing Tourist Things in Lisbon is part of the #NoCollusion, No Albania for TPOL where I break my 100 country count mark. See the World Map for where I’ve been.

I wrote about seeing Luxembourg from Top to Bottom. Now it is time to see Lisbon from bottom to top.

Ginjinha do Rossio

After lunch in Rossio, it was time to explore. Liquid courage is needed for an impromptu adventure.

Like many other tourists, I waited in line for a shot.

Bonjardim Restaurant 

After delicious cod, did I really need to eat more? Probably not, but when I read, “The best greasy spit-roasted chicken this side of Louisiana at the Bonjardim restaurant (Santo Antão, 11), appropriately nicknamed Rei dos Frangos,” (King of Chickens), on Lisbon’s  Wikitravel page, I had to check it out. Could it beat Nairobi’s Jus Chicken?

The chicken was pretty good but doesn’t compare to New Orleans or Jus Chicken.

Glória Funicular

This train was constructed in 1885 and is a national landmark. It connects the Pombaline downtown (at the Restauradores Square) with the Bairro Alto (Garden/ Overlook of São Pedro de Alcântara).

Restauradores Square

It’s nice to see and good for pictures but not a must-do.

Bairro Alto

Walk or tram, just make sure you get to the top.

The Descent 

The next step adventure is to walk to the bottom. I stopped at a brewery along the way.

One More Dinner 

I wanted to relive the glory of the first cod restaurant and stopped at a random place for some wine and fish. It was good but doesn’t compare to the first experience.

Having reached the water, it was time to go return to the Radisson.

Christ the King in the distance

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