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Lisbon TE meeting, last Sunday, 9 de September!

From Poland had come Tomasz Ankudowicz (tmx) and Agata Jagielska (slonce), his girlfriend. Portuguese Trekearth guys in the street meeting: Pedro Geraldes (p_m_geraldes), Luis Afonso (luisafonso), Goncalo Lopes (bluejeans), Ricardo Lopes (ricpoles) and his wife.

Our trip starts at Praça do Comércio. In this picture we can se a very old bus. After we was walking by the typical streets of the Alfama.

The bus
It can indeed be said that the three routes with which Carris started were the first steps towards a service which would gradually take over from the trams and become the most impotant means of public transport in Lisbon during the second half of the 20th century. These routes were number 1, from Cais de Sodré to the Marques de Pombal roundabout and routes 2 and 3, from the Praça do Comércio to Miguel Bombarda, alternating between Rodrigo da Fonseca and Duque de Loulé. In 1958, the Cabo Ruivo Station was set up to provide the logistics for the service.

The 1960s brought profound changes to the overall picture of the Lisbon overground mass public transport system. The accepted Company policy was to phase out the trams over a short space of time, replacing them with buses. The increasing use of private transport and the arrival of the underground were decisive factors in the disappearance of the tram from many parts of the city - Rossio, Benfica, Carnide, Lumiar. Along with this came an improvement in the bus network through the creation of new routes and changes to those already operating.

Enjoy it!

In the Workshop, you can see pictures of the TE friends

Alfama is the oldest district of Lisbon, spreading on the slope between the Castle of Lisbon and the Tejo river. Its name comes from the Arabic Al-hamma, meaning fountains or baths. It contains many important historical attractions, with many Fado bars and restaurants.
During the times of Moorish domination, Alfama constituted the whole of the city, which later spread to the West (Baixa neighbourhood). Alfama became inhabited by the fishermen and the poor, and its condition as the neighbourhood of the poor continues to this day. The great 1755 Lisbon Earthquake did not destroy the Alfama, which has remained a picturesque labyrinth of narrow streets and small squares. Lately the neighbourhood has been invigorated with the renovation of the old houses and new restaurants where Fado - Lisbon's typical melancholy music - can be enjoyed.

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