Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Old, vibrant, testifying of glory years, showing the results of Salazar's dictator years, pulling itself up by it's shoelaces and the Portuguese are a friendly people. A country and a people with a heritage going right back to the Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors, Christian friendly royals, Knights Templar, start of the colonial period of spectacular riches, short Spanish rule, back to Portuguese rule - ended with Salazar's dictatorship, ending of Salazar's rule with the Carnation Revolution, end of colonialism, rebuilding of the country.
I thoroughly enjoyed the visit and having had the opportunity to converse with lots of different people, I gained the idea that they are serious about that rebuild and creating a future for themselves and their following generations.
I am taking the picture from Miradouro da Nossa senhora do Monte (Miradouro = is a like a small park but with a view. The rest of the name means "Our lady of the mount"). Right across is the São Jorge Castle, an 11th-century, hilltop Moorish castle & royal residence with palace ruins & archaeological museum. The flat area to the right of the castle hill is the area known as the Baixo, where I stayed in Lisbon. The river at the back is the Tagus or also known as the Tejo, that links Lisbon to the Atlantic.
After booking in at around 16:00 I started walking from the Baixo to this viewpoint. Got lost in small winding roads and that is costly in terms of the number of ups and downs you have to walk. So for the last km I took a tuk-tuk, that dropped me here. Got a lot of advice from the driver, in the process. My orientation improved to near 100% once I was at this viewpoint.
So, from here I walked to the castle hill and then cruised around the Alfama area, which is behind the castle hill. After taking in some Fado performances I looked up my bed back in the Baixo area.