Leg Massage - Castilo de Belen
Yesterday I found a Sports massage person online that would come out to the hotel, so it was scheduled for 9am this morning. The masseuse came and spent an hour and a half on my legs, mainly my leg that has been hurting from so much walking. Well 60E later, still in pain, another massage with no value to me. It wasn't exactly a turn on some candles and relax massage but not hard or deep enough to give me pain relief. He did give me a couple of stretches to do that I had not done before.
We went out to the Castillo de Belen, which is a small castle right on the edge of the River Tagus that was built for protection of the city. When high tide comes , the water rises to completely put the Castle surrounded by water. There are 3 levels that tourist are able to climb, but due to high winds today we were not able to climb to the top.
From the Castle we walked over to the Monument to Vasco Da Gama - The navigator who explored towards the Indies and many places in Africa which the Portuguese colonized to India and other places like Macau.
We walked the tunnel under the street to the Monastery, but the only way to get in is if we had pre bought online tickets, but we did visit the church just beside it. The church was magnificent and contained alternating chapels for altars and burial sites of the royal family and famous persons that contributed in high level to the country. There was one wall that was plain except for a row of brown doors. The ceiling of the church was one of the highest we have seen for a church! The columns that rose to the top resembled catacombs in a cave. From here we walked up the street a ways and stopped up for a sandwich, a snack and a couple of beers, always learning new ways in which we should order items to eat or drink. I wanted my sandwich warmed but the person at the bar said it is best eaten cold, which he tells me is the way he prefers it. We took an Uber to an area closer to our Hotel and wanted to visit a market which is mainly meats and vegetable, with a few tables for eatery but was almost dead due to the rainy weather. This time we had a couple of different pastries and espressos. We walked the rest of the way back to the hotel. How did people get around before Google? We did it many years ago, but maybe we just did not go as far or would take Taxis any time we felt lost and made sure we did not go to far away from Tourist spots. We are bolder and feel safe walking the roads that are quiet and with only locals. This town is extremely clean, calm and quiet.
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