Thursday 8th June.
Got up, made myself a coffee and read the news. It’s election day in the UK today. I’m a tiny bit sad to miss it. I voted by post already but it isn’t the same. Given the state of British politics recently we’ll probably have another vote within a year anyway so I’ll cope. (Ed: I joked about this yesterday, but looking entirely plausible today)
We set off to the Principe Real area at midday and had lunch outdoors at a restaurant called ZeroZero on Catarina’s recommendation.
Shared a pizza and a salad then a mille feuille dessert which was phenomenal. Then we walked off lunch around the area, passing the botanical gardens and the Natural History Museum. We walked up Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Road) to Marquês de Pombal square, which I guess is Lisbon’s closest equivalent to Trafalgar Square.
It’s named after an 18th prime minister who oversaw the recovery after the 1755 earthquake (this seems to have been a defining event for Lisbon, I’d like to learn more about it).
We jumped on the metro down to Praca do Comercial and got a drink beside the square in a restaurant called the Beer Museum (it isn’t sadly). We had a quick look inside Lisbon Cathedral, which was built in its original form in 1147.
Then we strolled home via Fabulas, a nice little bar/cafe I wanted to show Dan, as it’s where I spent some fun times with Jess, Lucy, Madaleine and my colleague Christina during Web Summit last year.