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Train back home

The train from the airport and the train from Düsseldorf Hb to Venlo had both a delay of 10 minutes, but I had enough time to change trains in Venlo. After traveling 12 hours I arrived home

KLM Flight to Düsseldorf

My last hop of my trip was the short flight to Düsseldorf.
The plane left the gate on time and with a flying time of just 30 minutes I had enough time to get my luggage and my train.

KLM Crown Lounge Schiphol (Schengen)

After arriving from Lisbon, I walked to the KLM Crown Lounge at Schiphol Airport (Schengen area).
This lounge has a variety of snacks.

This post will be updated after my next trip.

KLM flight to Amsterdam

The flight to Amsterdam was operated by KLM. On the flight I got a burger-style sandwich. With Egg and Chicken, it was not great but it’s a bit more than the sweat or salty (scanty) snack that you get on a Air France flight.

The flight left on time and was expected to arrive early, but the plane landed on the “Polderbaan” (18R), so after 15 minute taxi we arrived on time at the gate.

Lisbon Lounge

After arriving at the airport couple of minutes. A ten minute wall + security brought me to the Lisbon Lounge. This lounge is a lounge that is open frequent flyers and business class passengers of a couple of airlines, including KLM.

The Lounge has a bigger selection of snacks than the Air France lounges. Especially the croissants and baguette where good compared with other lounges. Café curto, an expresso coffee (Ristretto) was quite strong, maybe the strongest I have ever drunk.

To Lisbon Airport

My alarm clock went early in the morning, so I would be on time for my flight to the Schiphol (Amsterdam) and then to Düsseldorf.
I packed my last things and went downstairs to check out at the reception. After checking out the man at the reception called a taxi at 5:30 hours, that early there is no public transport to the airport. The taxi arrived (quick) 1 minute later and brought me in less than 15 minutes to the airport and costed less than 10 euros.

Public Transport in Lisbon

Lisbon has a good public transportation network, existing of bus, tram, metro and 3 Elevadors.

Getting to the center of Lisbon, you can use the Aerobus if you don’t have much luggage, and at rush hour it takes more than an hour to reach the city center. A benefit is that the 3,5 euro ticket is valid for 24 hours on the public transport network (except metro) in Lisbon. I gives you also access to the terrace on top of the Elevador de Santa Justa.

When you by tickets in the bus or tram they are quite expensive, for a single journey they cost 3,5 euros. There are two alternatives you can buy a Viva Viagem card and add credit to it, a ride than will cost a little bit less can a euro. Or a better alternative if you want to use the public transport system at least 5 times in a day, is to buy a day pass at a metro station for 5 euros.

First you have to buy a viva viagem card for 50 euro cents at a ticket machine, and afterwards you can buy a day pass and charge to the card. This day pass is valid on the complete carris and metro network in the city, except for the terrace on top of the Elevador de Santa Justa.

Last but not least you can buy a Lisboa card, with is valid for the complete public transport network, plus the trains to Sintra and Cascais. With this you get a free entry to many places, like the Belem tower. But for the Castelo de São Jorge and the Oceanium you get a discount of 30% and 15% respectively. At price of 17,50 euros it is expensive and you have to visit a lot to benefit from this card.

Third day in Lisbon

Sunday, After breakfast I took a more relaxing day. I Took the metro to São Sabastião and sat down at the café in the park north of Parque Eduardo VII. It was almost windless and in the morning it was almost completely sunny. It was a nice place to have a drink or something to eat. After my slow start I walked down through the park to Marques the Pombal. There I got the metro to Rato. And I slowly descended back to my hotel, on the way visiting the Garden Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Lisbao.

Free Internet in Lisbon

Lisbon has a enormous network of Fon hotspots.
If you have working Fonera router at home, you can use these hotspots for free.
Fon has a large worldwide network, so in many countries you can benefit and use Fon Spots for free.
For the working hotspots you can follow the following link. Fon Maps

But last not least not all Fon spots have the same connection quality.
For Android there is a free app, that connects you automatically with a Fon Spot.

Second day in Lisbon

After having a good breakfast I took the Metro Line Azul to São Sabastião, where I changed lines to Vemelha line, that took my direct to Oriente station. The Oriente is the part of the city where in 1998 the Expo was. There is also the biggest aquarium of Europe called Ocenarium. This aquarium is also the second largest in the World. I visited this site, it is not cheap with an entrance fee of 13 euros (permanent exhibition only) and 16,5 euros for the permanent and temporary visiting areas. But I think a visit is worthwhile. To see all parts it occupies you for a couple of hours. I inserted in this post a few shots I have made there.

After visiting the Ocenarium I travelled back to city by metro and climbed the hill of the Castelo de São Jorge. I left the metro at Rossio and transferred to a bus line 737 that starts at Praça da Figueira. This small bus brings you to the entrance of the castle. But as I noted in the About page of this website, I do city trips on a shoestring. So I did not entered the castelo, the entrance fee was 7,5 euros.
Instead I walked down to Largo das Portas do Sol and took line 28E. But as it was Saturday the tram was very crowded and instead of leaving it at metro station Martim Moniz, got off a station earlier at Intendente.

Going for a sundowner.
Intendente is on the Verde line. I left it at its final station Cais do Sodré. A small walk brought me to Elevador Da Bica what opened in 1892, which is a National Monument since 2002. I descended a few blocks to the Noobai Café. This Café has a nice view of the river and the Ponte 25 de Abril (bridge). The café had already a waiting list for the terrace. After 10 minutes a place came free and I could sit outside.

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