We arrived in Lisbon the morning of Rosh Hashanah. After walking around the river area where most of the action takes place we found a inexpensive pensione to spend our two nights in. We dropped the backpack and started by visiting the oldest synagogue in Lisbon. They were setting up for Rosh Hashanah services later that evening, and we were informed that luckily, there were still several €200 tickets available. Anyway, after a lovely visit with the local official, who is originally from Coney Island, we made a Sedaka donation and bought a mezuzah that he had made.
Heading off back down the hill, there are many hills in Lisbon, sort of like San Francisco, you’re always going around the corner and up a hill, we made a visit to the Cathedral of Se, Lisbon’s main cathedral, and we got our first carimbo (stamp) on our compostelas. This Cathedral is the official start of the Lisbon to Santiago caminho, and there is a solo yellow arrow at the foot of the cathedral’s entrance pointing down the stairs and around the corner. The location of this arrow and even whether or not one truly exists is the subject of many posts on different camino-traveler forums.
There was another marking at the Cathedral base:
Continuing with our aggressive hiking, we walked to the top of the city where there is a magnificent view point.
We managed to put in 11 miles on an non-caminho day which included 47 flights of stairs according to Wendy’s fitbit.
Day 2 in Lisbon we visited a couple more interesting places including the national National Tile Museum. Tiles from over 400 years have been collected and restored including the only pre-existing full tile panoramic view of Lisbon from before the earthquake in 1755 which of course shows many places that no longer exist.
It is very warm but absolutely no humidity which, after spending so much time in Florida, is a real pleasure. We only did about 8+ miles yet over 50 flights of stairs the second day, which didn’t seem so bad because it was over a full day.
Tomorrow morning we take a 30-minute train to Estoril and begin our official Caminho.