The view from our flat shows the elevator de Santa Justa sehen, also called Elevador do Carmo was build in 1902 and is 45m high. From there it is said that you have a wonderful view to the castle San Jose, so we decide to have a look today.
A lot of other tourists had the same thought so we have to wait a long time. After 45 min that we patiently stood inline the elevator broke down so we had to change the plan.
Instead we take the historical electrical tram (pt. Eléctricos), no 12, to make a small round course around our part oft own. It is quite an adventure as the streets are sometimes so narrow that you could touch the house walls when leaning out oft he window. But isn’t it fantastic that a tram more than a hundred years old still works today? I do not believe that any modern train will be working still in another hundred years.
While going with the tram I saw a shop selling pretty cork fabric which I really would like to buy. So we go there and see that the shop also sells wonderful pearls and stuff to make jewellery – the children are delighted.
On our way back we find another shop with lots of choice of typical Portuguise souvenirs: tiles and items made from cork. We cannot resist to buy a few.
And then the fabric store where I find two pretty designs for table decorations or bags, and new warm house shoes and some nice food for our dinner. Actually we have the nicest tinned fish I ever tasted.