Breakfast again this morning was in the Hotels breakfast room and as I was a little earlier today I was hopeful that there might be a better choice on offer than yesterday! I was right! There were croissants. They were lousy croissants. The coffee was (if anything) worse than yesterday? Or maybe it WAS yesterday’s! Anyhow, I vowed not to waste my time with this again and to seek out somewhere better tomorrow.
By 10am I was out in search of the “legendary” Tram 28 of Lisboa. This tram is the one in all the guide books that as well as being highly recommended as a perfect way to see the city in one Round trip is also renowned For,attracting the Cities finest pickpockets! So I went prepared and left with nothing at all in my pockets apart from my Viagem Oyster Card thing and a few lose coins – pretty small pickings for any potential pickpocket I’d say! The tram went from the next square to the left of my hotel (there’s so many squares in Lisbon !) and I soon found the stop – mainly because it was the one with the queue that snaked half way round the square! I joined this happy throng and waited for the trams arrival, and waited …….and waited……….and waited some more! One of the things that I think happens when you travel alone is that you learn stuff about yourself that maybe gets hidden when others are around. And one thing I was learning pretty damn quick in the heat of Lisbon was that I was just a tiny bit impatient and intolerant of queues! Not very typically British I hear you say but actually I am probably more tolerant in the rain and cold of Britain than I am in the 35 degree heat of this place! Anyway the long and short of all this was that I decided the queue was not for me and I should therefore go in search of a suitable alternative to the good old No. 28 Tram. Those rampant pickpockets will just have to wait a little longer!
So I ended unit a different Tram stop much closer to my hotel and much less busy as well. The Number 12 Tram was another little old fashioned 1 Carriage tram that ran a 20 minute round trip up to the castle and back – ideal for a fun journey and getting my bearings I thought. And indeed it was. I nabbed a single seat with a nice open windo to lean out of and enjoyed the short ride around the old town and castle. I resisted the temptation to get off at the castle but made a mental not to return as it looked particularly nice up there. We were soon back where we started and I was unceremoniously booted off the Number 12 tram! I then took the opportunity to have a walk around the local area and ended up at the Santa Justa Lift which is another big tourist attraction in the area and looks a lot like this………
Now that’s what I call a lift ! Although which bit of it is actually a lift I couldn’t tell you at this point as I haven’t actually been in it yet! Yes, there was a queue! I did join it briefly but it was long and it was hot and it didn’t move in all the time I was there ! I left! I’m hoping to go back this evening when it’s hopefully a bit quieter. I’m probably going to be disappointed!
Anyway after this brief stop I decided a coffee was in order and when I passed a little local pastry shop with a window like THIS………..
Well the decision was an easy one! It was busy inside with locals ordering cakes and coffee ,mainly at the counter where I guess it was cheaper, but I sat down with all the more affluent locals and ordered coffee and an apple pastry I had spied in the window………..
After another good walk round the local area enjoying the sunshine and sights I retired to my hotel room for a bit of a rest and cool,down before I embarked on day 2 of Nos Alive and “Operation Radiohead” as I had called it. This was my plan to be near the front for Radiohead as last time I saw them (in Berlin believe it or not!) I had been forced to watch from afar for a good part of their set due to being on my own and drinking beer and the obvious side effects of that! This time I would have a Plan and be prepared! It would involve a long wait and no drinking of beer but would hopefully be worth it! Now there are people who would say that this would spoil the whole evening and they may very very well be right but for me ( and this is another learning point about myself!) the music always comes first and a good view and sound is almost always the most important thing.
So off I went to put “Operation Radiohead” into action……………