We all are a bit disappointed when arriving in a place, where we expect sunshine, and than it rains all day long. Lisboa has a big number of sunny days per year but it also has to rain now and then. We're currently enjoying our time in Lisboa with perfect 23 to 25 degrees while in central Europe the heat is taking over.
But to be honest, the rain on this past Sunday was not so welcome at first. Mike and I were looking forward to spend some sunny days in the capital together before he has to go on a business trip to Napoli for 11 days (I really don't like when he's away for that long). We decided to not be sad about the weather and finally visit some museums that are on our to-do list for so long!
We started our Sunday at Janis Café with a delicious brunch. We love to go there because they open at 8 am (and the food is great of course)! We don't like to wait for a table and between 8 am and 9.30 am you wont have to.
Our fist stop after brunch was at the Museu Coleção Berardo. We specially loved the current exposition History of Faces: Belting Variations and the exposition Charlotte Salomon. Life or Theater? Furthermore, they have a permanent great collection of contemporary art on the first floor.
Afterwards you can visit the original bakery of the Pastéis de Nata, Pastéis de Belém (the little custard tarts you won't miss when in Lisboa). If you don't mind standing in the rain you can also visit the tower Torre Belém and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. We opted to skip that for another time as we did not want to stay in the rain.
Another highlight of Belém is the Jerónimos Monastery. The Jerónimos Monastery is the most impressive symbol of Portugal's power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. King Manuel the first built it in 1502 on the site of a hermitage founded by Prince Henrique the Navigator, where Vasco da Gama and his crew spent their last night in Portugal in prayer before leaving for India. It was built to commemorate Vasco Da Gama's voyage and to give thanks to the Virgem Maria for its success.
Our last stop was the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology MAAT. The architecture is by Amanda Levete. MAAT represents an ambition to host national and international exhibitions with contributions by contemporary artists, architects and thinkers.
Foggy view from MAAT. But to be honest, isn't it somehow more beautiful than on a sunny day?
Current Exhibition (until Spetember 2, 2019): Jesper Just. Servitudes - Circuits (Interpassivities)
And the rest of the late afternoon, we spent in our beautiful apartment at Dona Graça reading and yes working a bit for you!
Greetings from sunny Alentejo now,
Liliana & Mike