Lisbon - Bus Trip to Evora

Évora is another popular destination near Lisbon and it's just a couple hours away by bus.  We found our way to the Terminal Rotovario (bus station) near the Sete Rios Metro station.
We debarked in Évora and explored the town on foot.  We entered through the town wall.
Yellow trim was thought to ward off evil spirits and we saw this motif everywhere in Évora.
We soon spied the entrance the main square, Praça do Giraldo.
Our first item of business was to try queijada at Cafe Arcada.  These sweet cheese tarts are a specialty in Évora.
Walking around the square, we noticed that Évora had a lovely old-fashioned feel. Elderly gentleman in stylish wool hats carrying canes greeted each other on the street and stopped to chat.  Praça do Giraldo seemed to be a sort of social nexus.
We left the square and walked to the town hall.  It's free to enter during business hours and you can catch a glimpse of excavated Roman baths.
The Roman aqueduct is one of the key attractions in Évora.  We passed a Roman arch which was once a main gate into the town wall.
We chanced upon an exhibit created by school children at the Ponto Jovem em Évora - Espaço Municipal.  They had created Christmas trees out of recycled materials.  Some of them were pretty imaginative.

We passed an old wall featuring faded advertisements.
We walked beneath a section of the old aqueduct.
Stepping outside the town wall, we saw old contrasting new.  The Roman aqueduct makes a striking backdrop to this modern parking lot.
We hustled back inside the town wall and traced the route of the aqueduct.
Some houses were actually nestled into the arches.
The aqueduct got lower and lower until it finally disappeared underground.  Amazing!
From here, we walked up to Évora's Roman Temple.  There is a park nearby which offers amazing views of town and the distant countryside.
We walked down Rua 4 de Outubro for a little window shopping.
We were quite hungry and decided to dine at Adega do Alentejano.  
The restaurant is known for wines from the Alentejo region of Portugal.  The waiter pulled our pitcher of red wine directly from the barrel.
The meal was excellent and featured bread, meat, cheese, and an egg and mushroom dish as couvert.
The menu is printed on wooden planks on the wall.
We tried a sort of asparagus polenta dish with pork which was quite tasty.
Sufficiently refreshed, we continued on our tour of town.  We stopped at Évora's own Chapel of the Bones.  We liked the one in Faro better since we could get much closer to the walls.  Everything was roped off and it cost extra for a 'photo licence' in Évora.  Still, it's amazing to think that skeletons are actually bearing the load of the structure.
We walked back outside past a shop full of long, oddly shaped gourds.
We passed Igreja da Graça, a church with impressive embellishments on the facade.
We strolled through the public gardens...
...and then made our way back up the hill to the Templo do Diana (Roman Temple).  Jews were killed in this square during the Inquisition and this sculpture of a skeleton in a coffin in the lower right of the picture is a memorial to the victims and reminder of the atrocities that happened here.
Our final stop of the day was the M.C. Escher exhibit at the Fundação Eugenio de Almeida.  For 1 euro each, we were able to see some of the finest (not to mention trippy) masterpieces from M.C. Escher.
Overall, the day trip to Évora was an excellent outing and worth the detour from Lisbon.  We covered a lot of ground -- about 5 miles in total.

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