March 24, 2016

Pousada Lisboa Praça do Comércio

The Pousada Lisboa Praça do Comércio located on the northern end of the Praça do Comércio in Lisbon is a new boutique hotel in the heart of the Portuguese capital.

Pousada Lisboa Praça do Comércio, Lisbon, Portugal.

Room choices include Classic, Superior, Deluxe and Suites all with modern interiors and facilities: Plasma TV, telephone, safe, air conditioning, soundproof windows, closet, minibar, shower, hairdryer, magnifying mirror and amenities.

The pousada is close to both the Terreiro do Paço and Baixa-Chiado metro stations as well as the Lisbon tram.

Pousada Lisboa Praça do Comércio, Lisbon, Portugal.

Pousada Lisboa Praça do Comércio
Praça do Comércio 31-34
Santa Maria Maior
1149-018 Lisbon

March 19, 2016

Museu dos Fósforos

Tomar has a couple of interesting museums if you are visiting the town to see its main attraction, the superb Convento de Cristo.

Museu dos Fósforos, Tomar.

Portugal's oldest synagogue is preserved at the Museu Luso-Hebraico Abraão Zacuto in the narrow streets of the old town and also worth a visit is the Museu dos Fósforos (Matchbox Museum), located in a beautiful courtyard of the former Convento de São Francisco near Tomar Station.

The Museu dos Fósforos claims to have Europe's largest collection of match boxes with over 40,000 of them from 127 countries from all over the world, exhibited in seven rooms.

Museu dos Fósforos, Tomar.

The match boxes were collected by local citizen, Aquiles Mota Lima, who donated them to Tomar in 1980. While traveling to England to witness the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, Aquiles met an English woman who was collecting match boxes. He promised to send her match boxes he found and began to collect two of each match box, one for her and one for himself. This was the beginning of the collection that would continue for the next 27 years.

Museu dos Fósforos, Tomar, Portugal.

The collection includes a giant box 40cm long, matches that light under water, puzzles made of several boxes, round boxes, hexagonal, silver and embroidered boxes, "windproof" matches from Bryant & May, even matches made with incense.

Museu dos Fósforos, Tomar.

Museu dos Fósforos
Av. General Bernardo Faria
2300-535 Tomar
Hours: 10am-5pm

March 17, 2016

Accommodation in Tomar

If you are in Tomar in Estremadura to visit the superb Convento de Cristo there is a reasonably limited number of hotels and residencial to choose from.

Residencial Cavaleiros de Cristo.

Most of the main places to stay are on Rua Silva Pinto and the parallel street Rua Alexandre Herculano.

Residencial Uniao.

Residencial Cavaleiros de Cristo, Residencial Uniao, and Residencial Luz are all recommended. Hostel 2300 Thomar is a hostel catering to budget travellers and back packers.

Residencial Luz, Tomar.

There is a selection of bars, cafes and restaurants on Rua Silva Pinto and the other pretty streets running off it. Tomar is certainly laid-back and makes for a pleasant and relaxing stay as well as offering the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Convent of Christ on the hill above the town.

March 14, 2016

Lisbon Bus 744

The 744 Lisbon bus connects Marques de Pombal with Moscavide via Picoas, Saldanha, Campo Pequeno, Entrecampos, Lisbon Airport and Oriente.

Lisbon Bus 744.

The bus links many metro stations and the airport meaning it is one of the busiest bus routes in the Portuguese capital.

Services from Marques de Pombal begin at 6.15am on weekdays and end at 9.30pm. At peak periods there are buses every 15 minutes. There are reduced services at weekends and on public holidays.

Lisbon Bus 744.

March 12, 2016

Avenida Park Hotel Lisbon

The Avenida Park Hotel Lisbon, close to both the Parque and Marquês de Pombal metro stations of the Lisbon subway, is a well-priced, mid-range accommodation in outer Lisbon.

Avenida Park Hotel Lisbon, Portugal.

The rooms are comfortable, the Wifi adequate and the breakfasts included in the price.

The rooms at the Avenida Park Hotel are boxy and somewhat old-fashioned in decor but the bathrooms are clean, the staff helpful and friendly and for the location the hotel is definitely well worth the outlay.

The Aerobus from Lisbon Airport stops just a few steps away at Pombal.

Avenida Park Hotel Lisbon, Portugal.

Step out of the front door and walk up the stairs on the grassy bank straight ahead of you to enter the expansive, green lawns and aged pavilions of Parque Eduardo VII.

The historic centre of Lisbon is a pleasant 30 minute stroll downhill from the hotel. Frequent buses depart from the Marquês de Pombal roundabout both downtown and to Cais de Sodre.

The similar 3-star Hotel Miraparque is also located on the same street.

Avenida Park Hotel Lisbon, Portugal.

Avenida Park Hotel
Avenida Sidónio Pais 6
Avenidas Novas, 1050-214 Lisbon