Lisbon: Jeronimo's Monastery
Lisbon made such an impact on me that I could not wait for the next time I visit. That was why I lobbied so hard for a side trip in Lisbon after we completed our tour of Morocco. The city is a short plane ride away anyway, which made it easier to work the city around our budget.
We left our hotel in Casablanca at an ungodly hour of 5 am. Arrived at the airport and made it through customs without a hitch, giving us a bit of free time to browse the duty free shops. After around 2 hours in the air, we arrived in beautiful sunny Lisbon. However, we got delayed in customs. We must have queued for what seemed like 2 hours, I am not kidding. As a matter of fact, the queue was quite exasperating that one lady decided to jump the line and got a very vocal reprimand from a man, who was obviously as frustrated as everyone else in the line.
The hotel that the hubby chose was in the same area where we stayed on our first visit 3 years before. This area near the Praca do Rossio is a perfect spot. You can walk to everywhere. Having said that, we decided to take the taxi for our first stop (after checking in and dropping off our luggage in the hotel), the Jeronimo's Monastery.
Back in 2014, we visited this monastery. See the post here. However, we did not visit the cloisters, just the church. Don't get me wrong the church is so beautiful and contained the tomb of Vasco da Gama and the poet Luis de Camoes. But I really really wanted to see the monastery and the cloisters.
So we paid for the entrance (it was cheaper to buy combination entrance tickets to the monastery and to nearby Torre de Belem) and joined the long line going in - another long line. I suppose that is to be expected when you go on a Sunday. And because the place was packed with visitors, it took longer to wait out the crowd and take photos without so many people. In the end, we did not get to revisit the church because that meant we join another long line just to get inside. The consensus among the 4 of us was to skip it and move on.
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