Off home today after a splendid week away in a country that I hope I'll come back to again and again. Yesterday we had an impromptu ride on Tram 28, the iconic little yellow jobbies that roll up and down the hills around Lisbon. We hadn't planned this after we'd seen the queues at the terminus in Martim Moniz square which is a short stroll from the apartment. Sod that! All that squishing with the threat of pick pockets didn't seem worth the bother. But then we were downtown and a near empty tram drew up with just a tiny line of people waiting. It seemed rude not to take it.
I posted a picture of my suitcase just over a week ago. As we are travelling with just hand luggage space is tight, very tight. Of course I could have foregone shopping and come away with just memories and all those pictures stored on Google Photos. They're more precious than some would imagine. I especially love my tram picture from the other day. And here's one I haven't shown you before a detail from the Monument of the Discoveries that's on the waterfront at Belem. We got a lift to the top of the structure, took in the views and then came all the way down the stairs back to dry land.
But if I do some serious squishing there's enough room for some souvenirs. Here's some beautiful little bowls with metallic detailling. They're tiny, just a few centimetres each across so should be easy to squeeze in between the dirty socks. And there's a bracelet that's already on the mad wrist. All from a beautiful lfittle shop in Sintra called Olaria S. Pedro that was really reasonably priced given the quality of what was on offer. Had we walked down from Quinta da Riboaleira rather than taking the Tuk Tuk I think that there was much to tempt in that town.
Big Good Luck Ceramic Chickens are on sale everywhere. We even spotted a LGBT version in one of the shops in Belem. There's not a chance that I'd be able to fit any of them in that tiny trolley dolly suitcase. So I've compromised with their image on tea towels. Two of them Some of the ones at home are on their way out so I'm looking for replacements, the more kitsch the better. I think my new ones meet the mark.
Louis coveted the T-shirts from the funky Portuguese company Typographia. They have a printing press as their logo so I relented.
And he also begged to take home some Pasteis de Nata, the custard tarts that he's been stuffing into his gob all week. The box he was given them in is beautiful.
And finally a home grown souvenir from one of those pizza bases that I brought with me. Here's my incomplete carving of a jellyfish inspired by the ones at the Oceanarium. I'm hoping that I'll have it done and dusted for a large scale printing weekend that I'm planning back in Blighty in a couple of weeks time