Fado dinner show

Two buses and four guides meet us at the hotel this morning. Personal radios are distributed and we head off on our morning Lisbon city tour. We take a walk in the narrow streets of the Alfama district, stop at the Belem Tower, and the Monument to the Discoveries, and visit the Jeronimos Monastery.

This afternoon is free time. Some guests take the scenic tram ride, others the hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Other choices include the vertical elevator, the funicular tram, the carriage museum, and more. We think shopping may have made an appearance too! Perhaps even a Spanish siesta?

This evening we drove to Café Luso, a well-known Fado House. Richard and Dawn have “politely insisted” that we all experience Fado, with its typical melancholy songs. At Café Luso the dinner show also features some local folk dancing and instrumental interludes, and the Fado singing is of top quality. We are well looked after and the Furlongs team are delighted that everyone enjoyed the evening.

By the way, Café Luso is situated down a narrow street without vehicle access, so we had to drop off and pick up a few yards away, across a busy road. This involved stopping the traffic in each direction and the Furlongs management are grateful to Messrs Ian and Michael for volunteering (or more accurately “for agreeing”) to stand in the middle of the road and repel oncoming vehicles! Happily they survived the experience.