Well, if I said yesterday was a lazy day…I lied. Today was far lazier! We didn’t get out of the oceanarium until about 3:00 and then got lunch, so there wasn’t as much time for afternoon activities as normal. Still, we did a few cool things!
We decided to stay somewhat near the square from last night in hopes of catching the England-Iceland soccer game on the big screen, since whoever won that game would be the next opponent for France (spoiler: it’ll be Iceland!) But since we had some time to kill, we wandered east for a while and found this place: a former political prison for Portuguese citizens who opposed the government. Always a chilling thing to remember, especially considering how very recently the prison was still being used.
Upon realizing we’d gone quite far enough and could miss the game, we turned back west. However, we were off by a street and when we thought we were turning into the square where we were last night, we were really turning into this beautiful building. We’re honestly not sure what it is called, as our map just labels the entire square Praça do Municipio (Municipal Square). But it was very pretty, especially in the setting sunlight!
With a correct turn, we ended up back at the river and spent the last few minutes before the game watching the sailboats wander their way around the river. It’s still one of our favorite things to do!
Finally it was game time! This is the statue that sits in the front of the square we saw yesterday, between the arc and the river. It shows a Portuguese king on a horse stomping at some snakes. It is supposed to be a strong vote of confidence in the king, symbolizing how very easily he can crush problems and lead the way forward. Of course, Portugal no longer has a king, so it wasn’t quite a perfect depiction, but it’s still a really cool statue!
Today we have our very first re-re-winner: Zoe E! Man, Sundays are pretty quiet for most of you, aren’t they? We didn’t see very many comments again this weekend. Still, a few of you chimed in with some awesome questions and ideas, so I’m glad to see what it is you all have to say. And the official rules say there’s no limit to how many times you can win, so…keep on adding up the wins, Miss Zoe (and everyone else! Remember, you can’t win if you don’t comment!)