An early start and up to watch the still in which was worthwhile. Firstly we saw a submarine under steam following us into port. It was a diesel sub and looked really small but as its he only sub I've ever seen actually being used I was impressed. Then as you enter the river you see a marvellous suspension bridge which was designed as a replica of the Golden Gate. The ship passes under it with about 3m clearance the traffic on the bridge getting close of smoke as we pass by it looked really cool. Then just inside the bridge is a giant statue of Christ the redeemer just as in Rio de Janeiro. So all in all a lovely entry into port. As we docked opposite is a British frigate one of the new ones we saw departing for the Falklands on TV. That looked impressive (photos will be attached).
On arrival in downtown Lisbon it quickly became apparent that this was a real jewell, a city that to be honest I had not bothered looking forward to visiting as it was right at the end of the trip and also less glamorous than some other ports we visited. Well I am glad to report that I was wrong. Lisbon is a beautiful city, it is not too large to take in and abounds with terrific architecture, which appears to me to be more French than Spanish. No doubt the knowledgeable will just say that it is portuguese. As I have never been to Portugal before then I was just comparing it to places that I am familiar with. It is very clean and has a tram system just like those in San
Francisco. The sea food here is special the shrimps are huge and the sardines are to die for. This is definitely a city to return to for a long weekend so we can have a proper look.
Back on board and there was a big sail away party with a British theme. Everyone was at the aft and the entertainment team belted out land of hope and glory, it's a long way to
Tipperary and other patriotic tunes. We all joined in and you feel a deepening feeling of sadness that our great journey was coming to an end. Still there are. A couple of more days so its not over just yet...........