Sunbathing On Sandbags At Santo Amaro Beach In Lisbon

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Looking at the weather forecast online the night before leaving for Lisbon, it had been deduced that Monday was going to be the hottest day on our trip at a scorching 23 Degrees Celsius (Oooooooh boiling… Not!) So we made plans to go to the beach this day. We put on our summer clothes and headed off to the place where we had originally intended to go the day before; the beach at Santo Amaro.

On arriving at Santo Amaro there was a small shop outside the metro which we entered with intentions of buying ice cream. We ended up with beer.

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Swigging our beers we headed towards the smell of the sea. All that was separating us from the beach was this busy road.

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We figured there must be a subway so Ruth went to check. She said there wasn’t one. So we stood on the edge of this road as cars whizzed pass and it was never ending. It was like we were never going to be able to cross. Some of them would scream out at us or beep. Ten minutes of the crap and I look to where Ruth went to go and check if there was a subway and there is this woman seemingly coming from what Ruth had said was a wall. It was a FREAKING SUBWAY! So much for checking Ruth!!! Huh?!?!?! It all soon became clear that all those beeps were of annoyance and the screams were of abuse because we were trying to cross the road inappropriately.

Finally we got to the beach. Like Cascais it was bare, but even more so. There were no deckchairs anywhere and we didn’t bring any towels (again duh!) I put my initiative to use and dragged a sandbag that I found from a stack of sandbags by the beach’s edge. We settled our bums on these and then leaned back onto the piled sandbags behind us to get correct positioning to feel the sun’s rays.

In case you were wondering. This is how it was done:

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We stayed like this for about an hour before it got overly uncomfortable. They were impossible to nap on and so we got back onto the train and headed back to our familiar stomping grounds. We exited the Cais de Sodre station and saw people getting onto this huge elevator thing, Elevator de Carmo, also known as the Santa Justa Elevator (I think its stooopid that a tourist attraction like that has two names. It’s hella confusing!)

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We watched people going on and weren’t really interested, (Ruth exclaimed to me, “I’ll be damned if I pay to ride in a damn elevator!) Until we realised that it was free and noone seemed to be paying. So since it was free we joined the melee, after all why not? We entered the elevator and the door shut. The next thing I knew there was a lift “conductor” going around collecting money. Ruth and I just looked at each other and burst out laughing. We ended up paying about 6 Euro for the two of us to ride in the elevator. When we got to the top Ruth starts freaking out because she is scared of heights. I told her that it would have been nice if she had thought about that before we got into the elevator. We took a few pictures and then got the lift back down.

Here are the pictures:

The ruins of Convento do Carmen, which was largely destroyed in an earthquake in 1755

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Me

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Ruth

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When we got off the elevator we decided to go and eat since we hadn’t eaten since the day before. There was a Chinese buffet right by the elevator for 8 Euro, eat all you want. The food looked kind of dry but we couldn’t be bothered to look elsewhere so we just went for it. They had two buffets. The cooked food buffet and the raw food buffet. With the raw food buffet you pick your meat and veg and sauce(s) and the chef boils and then throws it into the wok in front of you. We had a plate from each  In theory it should have been good, at least something should have been good, but it wasn’t.

We tried to work through it but at one point we both came to the conclusion that it was taking up valuable stomach space for no good reason where something fulfuilling and enjoyable could be taking it’s place so we left and ended up stopping in at Casa Brasileira on the way back to the guest house and gorging on Croissants filled with Chorizo and cheese as well as Spinach Quiche.

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That shit was good and sent us right to sleep. Monday 9th April

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