Lisbon - Alfama and Castelo St. Jorge

We took an extended walk to the Alfama neighborhood and detoured up the hill to see the castle (Castelo de São Jorge).  Once again, the streets were narrow and winding with laundry saluting us from every terrace.  
We caught another glimpse of the 25 de Abril bridge (Lisbon's own Golden Gate Bridge).
We finally arrived (significantly winded from the uphill climb) to the entrance of the castle.
A terrace runs around the property and we could once again see the 25th de Abril bridge in the distance.
We wandered around the grounds.  The castle itself is several hundred years old but was 'remodeled' back in the 60s by the dictator in power at the time.  Supposedly, the castle looks authentic, but it's not authentic anymore.
Flags waved at us from above and invited us to climb up on the turrets.
We found the drawbridge and went inside.
There is a flock of peacocks that live on the property!  We did indeed climb the turrets and checked out the sun-drenched buildings against the backdrop of some darker storm clouds.
We left the castle and wandered back down the hill getting just a little lost along the way.  We were serenaded by a guitar player just outside the castle walls.
Good things come in threes and I saw three adorable kitties sitting on the cobbled sidewalk.
Once again, we admired the unique texture of the city seen in this church door.
We were in Portugal over Christmas.  One thing we noticed (in the Algarve and Lisbon) is that the Portuguese love to hang Santa on the outside of their apartments.  Here's one example dangling from a drainpipe and there were many, many more.
The sun began to set as we emerged into Jardim Julio Castilho.  The garden offers sweeping views of the city and more brilliant tile work.
We descended a steep staircase and passed this lovely piece of street art.
Christmas lights danced on the front of a local church.
We arrived at Santa Apolonia station and decided to take the Metro back to our apartment from there.  When we first approached the station, we thought there was a fire inside because there were a lot of people milling around and there was smoke everywhere.  It turns out that a chestnut vendor was responsible for both the smoke and the commotion.  We bought a cone of roasted chestnuts to enjoy.  It was our first time trying them and they were delicious!  It's a great winter treat.
I also saw this very stylish and serious looking photographer with a massive camera taking pictures inside. I couldn't resist taking a photo of him in action although I never really figured out what he was up to.
Our final stop was the supermarket (Pingo Doce) for some supplies.  Want to know one thing we passed on? -- this side of bacalhau (salt cod).  We could smell it as we walked into the store -- no thanks!



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Sidewalk Safari: Lisbon - Alfama and Castelo St. Jorge
Lisbon - Alfama and Castelo St. Jorge
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