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My Escapes Portugal Lisbon Short Stop-over in Lisbon Returning to the Airport

Returning to the Airport...

January 23, 2014
July 5, 2014

Lisbon was enjoyable, but with a strong slumish feel almost everywhere...
After having seen the São Jorge Fortress, I struggle to het back to the airport as fast as I could.

It was an enjoyable, sweaty trip - a stop-over of roughly 3 hours.

The walk uphill to the fortress took longer than I expected, as I was trying to scoot out the entrance. I went more than halfway around the fortress to find the gate.
I had to get back to the airport to catch my flight or, risk remaining stranded in Lisbon without hotel, without my check-in luggage...

Lisbon's old houses

Old buildings just under the fortress...

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For the sake of excitement, after having been to the fortress, I chose a different path back to the Rossio metro station. But my curiosity almost got me lost (oops!).

Wicked things I saw there... like these thingies below...

Weird art in Lisbon

At first what came to my mind was someone's death, funeral... monument...

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Weird indeed... it's either the local madhouse or simply a "mad house" or, a crazy artist lives there... I'm all out of clues...

If you know more about what they could represent or who makes these, then do leave a post down below on this page.

Strange plastic leg on building

When seeing this I thought to myself: "it's mad art"

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I finally found my way to the Praça da Figueira where I caught a glimpse of Lisbon's famous vintage yellow trams...
Grabbed the subway from Rossio for a segment to Areeiro and then ran out to catch the airport bus...

Praça da Figueira

Yellow tram on Praça da Figueira

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Then, for some reason I had to wait a lot (about 45 minutes) for the airport bus to arrive.

Local elderly people at the station (who had excellent English skills and with a British accent as well!) tried to calming me down - "It'll come, it'll come! ...5 more minutes"

... 10 more minutes...

... 10 more minutes...

... 10 more minutes...

...the waiting bleeds into almost an hour and after a lot of sweating and nail-biting, a crowded bus drove into the station!

Lisbon is another one of those places where you can't rely on anything in terms of punctuality.

Lisbon Airport building

The Airport looked beautiful with the palms 'n' all...

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The bus took me on a different route leading to another part of the airport.
Staring out the bus' window I couldn't catch a glimpse of the main entrance.
As I was sanding on the bus' stairs, young traveler bloke stepping near me, preparing to get off.

I thought to myself:

"He seems to be getting ready, so this must be it, so I'll get off too"... and I got off at the next stop.

But what we did was to fool ourselves by looking at each other... He too thought that I knew, as I thought that he knew. So, we stepped-off at the wrong place...

Dodging cars and buses, dragging my wheelbag for half an hour approximately I finally found the right entrance to the airport.

Blue Airport building

Smaller palms...

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Cars in the parking space

Cars, cars, cars...

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Flights from Lisbon

Apparently I still had plenty of time

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Lisbon Airport corridors

I remembered these corridors from a few days before (when looking for my Madeira flight's gate)...

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Escape Hunter, the young solo traveler in his early 30's explores the World driven by curiosity, thirst for adventure, deep passion for beauty, love for freedom and diversity.
With a nuanced, even humorous approach to travel, an obsession for art and design, Escape Hunter prefers to travel slowly, in order to learn and "soak up" the local atmosphere...


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