After settling into my hotel, and having a overnight sleep, tried out the breakfast; but in this case, there was none? Hence, decided to go around the corner to buy some croissants, etc.
I found a metro market called Auchan – which is actually a French based shop, and noticed one or two peculiar but helpful things.
Order / Collect – Interesting Idea
One was the ability to order and then collect your food in an area at the very front of the entrance. I know there are shops here who do this, but maybe not to this detail; completely in English also!
The other was some bizarre (apologies for the black & white photo) chart on the wall at the entrance, describing something? Ah, the French strike again.
After this and some work, did a wander downtown, mainly to meet up with family in the Alfama region, of the city centre.
If you haven’t been here before, it’s a maze of hills, restaurants, yellow trams and tourists! OTOH, it is brilliant! Just go for a wander here, you CAN NOT go wrong.
Here, I walked by the coast and then by several places (Maritime Museum and a Taylors Port tasting room), that I will save for another day. BTW, the weather was awful, I seriously thought it was going to snow!
After this, I had a simply wonderful meal at one of the hundreds of places to choose from.
Restaurant in Alfama
Afterwards, used the metro to return to my hotel, and loved some of the wallpaper.