Lisbon: Torre de Belem and the Monument of Discoveries
We left the monastery and walked over to the next stop, the Torre de Belem. It was a sunny pleasantly mild day that there a large number of people out and about.
Need to cross the pedestrian bridge.
View from pedestrian bridge.
The Torre de Belem from the pedestrian bridge.
Probably due to the pleasant weather, we saw Portugal's version of food truck scattered near the waterfront and by the Torre. Except that we saw more of hydration vehicles.
Ignoring the food trucks, or whatchamacallit here, we hurried to the tower. For some reason I remember our need to hurry because we were worried the tower will be closed by the time we get there. Anyhow, there was a long line to go in. We took our spot at the end of the line and waited in line for a minute or so. The brief time that we were standing, the line behind us got longer. One of us asked the question why were we standing there when we already have a ticket? In the monastery, we bought a combination tix for both the monastery and the tower. So we inquired at the front and good thing we did. Apparently the long line is for those that did not have any tickets. Those that bought tickets online or on other sites that offer tickets go to the other line (which at that time was nonexistent), so we made a line.
Unfortunately, it wasn't that easy to get inside. In the tower, they first let out everyone who's inside, then let in 120 people at a time. Once inside, there wasn't much to see, although the view from out there is spectacular.
The boys wanted to climb this, which is technically like the 3rd level and were very excited about doing so until they saw there's another line that wrapped around the second level where we were standing.
From the tower, view of the Christ the King, the 25 de Abril Bridge and the Tagus River.
From the tower we can see how jampacked the Monument of Discoveries is.
We left the tower and relished an enjoyable walk towards the monument. We stopped momentarily to get some ice cream to lick on the walk. While they were buying, I was photographing everything.
Jeronimo's Monastery is across the road from the monument.
to be continued..............
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