Holy trip to Lisbon (Part I)

Happy Easter! For millions of Christians world-wide, Easter means faith and hope reconfirming God’s enormous power of love and grace for human-beings. But no matter which religion one is Easter remains a good time to reflect on one’s deeds and get closer to the divine within. As I have already traveled with you, my reader, in many places, it is now time to make a journey from the outside to the inside. This is why I will take you this time to the Sanctuary of Christ in Lisbon, Portugal.

Lisbon has been witness of destruction and war, but is has always resurrected from its own ashes. Dating from the daybreak of the human kind, it has been occupied consecutively by the Celts, the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Moors and Napoleon. Its name derived in Ulyssippo, the city where Ulysses started his journey back home, sealing forever the destiny of a city as the onset of travels. Later on, in the 17 hundreds, Lisbon was devastated by the most violent earthquake of a series that has shaken it during centuries.

I get to Lisbon after an early flight providing me with a spectacular view on the city before landing. Just beneath, I can recognize the gigantic statue of Cristo-Rei, inspired by the Brazilian version of Christ the Redeemer. The 82-meter statue inaugurated in 1959 from the order of the dictator Salazar, was supposed to have spared the Portuguese form entering the Second World War.  Christ the King is standing with arms wide open, laying peace and grace on the world underneath.

I land safely in a crazy airport where I was told that usually luggage gets lost. Fortunately this has not happened. The hotel I stay in is close to the heart of the historical Lisbon, where I will begin my journey towards my inner soul. The metro-stop called Parque is one of the nicest decorated ones, being full of symbols related to Portuguese discoveries and quotes from famous thinkers.

The best place to get prepared for the adventure is Avenida da Liberdade. This is also the starting point of Gregorius from “Night Train to Lisbon” (Pascal Mercier) in his search to get back his soul and the life he has never lived. Following the models in Paris, this 90 meter long avenue shelters the Restauradores Square with the allegoric statues of Rivers Tagus and Douro, but also shops with famous brands. This time I avoid being seduced by them and carry on my way to spiritual ascension.

I arrive in Chiado, the commercial area of the city and feel the pulse of the Portuguese culture, while wandering amongst countless bookshops, theatres, museums and cafes. I have a seat and savour a coffee in the famous A Brasileira, the café boasting to having had the writer Fernando Pessoa as a client.

Next, I reach the coast-line, to see where the river Tagus embraces the ocean. It is a magnificent view still dominated by Cristo-Rei Statue. I get lost on the Portuguese style streets nearby Praca do Commercio, which once hosted Paço da Ribeira Palace and get close to the beach. It is calm and quiet, the seagulls only tear the silence with their sharp cry. The sky is crystal clear and the sun rays bless me with a warm caress. I stay long to day-dream and prepare myself for a personal Golgotha, the ascension to the highest parts of the city.

To be continued in Part 2

Lavinia

I am a communication professional and a passionate traveler around Europe. Living and working in Brussels, I am happy to share my experiences of interacting with different cultures. I love reading, writing and discovering new fascinating people and places.

35 thoughts on “Holy trip to Lisbon (Part I)

  • 26 April, 2014 at 00:25
    Permalink

    412862 179668An attention-grabbing discussion is worth comment. I believe that you ought to write much more on this matter, it won

    Reply
  • 27 April, 2014 at 01:13
    Permalink

    526637 462458As I internet web site possessor I believe the content material matter here is rattling magnificent , appreciate it for your hard function. You ought to maintain it up forever! Finest of luck. 978962

    Reply
  • 27 April, 2014 at 22:36
    Permalink

    110230 771142Hello! Someone in my Facebook group shared this internet site with us so I came to appear it more than. I

    Reply
  • 28 April, 2014 at 01:41
    Permalink

    Hey Thanks For Making The Really Educational Weblog Post Keep Up The Amazing Work. I Posted A Link To My Activate Windows 7 Posts To Share With You How To Activate Windows Enjoy!

    Reply
  • 28 April, 2014 at 13:53
    Permalink

    803965 660443Excellently written post, doubts all bloggers offered the identical content material since you, the internet has to be far far better spot. Please stay the most effective! 234819

    Reply
  • 28 April, 2014 at 15:27
    Permalink

    777249 616849magnificent submit, extremely informative. I ponder why the opposite experts of this sector don

    Reply
  • 29 April, 2014 at 06:15
    Permalink

    Hello Thank You For Creating And Sharing The Really Enlightening Blog Post Keep Up The Amazing Work! I Left A Backlink To My Activate Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit Post To Show You How To Activate Windows Enjoy!

    Reply
  • 1 May, 2014 at 15:42
    Permalink

    625668 837374Some genuinely marvellous work on behalf of the owner of this web site, utterly outstanding content. 909071

    Reply
  • 1 May, 2014 at 18:39
    Permalink

    Plenty of men and women examine additional factors, nevertheless the APR
    will be the most critical mainly because it lets you already know what your substantial
    fees will find yourself to get morrissey tickets 2014 usa (morrisseytickets2014.com) when you adopt your hard
    earned money back, you get back exactly the identical amount which you first deposited plus a persons vision it’s earned.

    Reply
  • 2 May, 2014 at 18:41
    Permalink

    256552 996488I gotta bookmark this website it seems very useful very helpful 144657

    Reply
  • 2 May, 2014 at 19:25
    Permalink

    920190 609896Fantastic beat ! I would like to apprentice whilst you amend your web website, how can i subscribe for a blog web site? The account helped me a applicable deal. I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided shiny transparent concept. 494585

    Reply
  • 2 May, 2014 at 19:55
    Permalink

    724494 320422If I should say something, then nothing will stop the chatter within 140668

    Reply
  • Pingback: buy viagra online

  • Pingback: Alfred

  • 31 July, 2014 at 15:55
    Permalink

    Heya very nice web site!! Guy.. Wonderful.. Incredible.. No later than this bookmark your internet site as well as take those enters furthermore… I am thrilled to discover a lot of useful info through often the write-up, we end up needing produce more methods of that consideration, very good discussing……

    Reply
  • 1 August, 2014 at 22:34
    Permalink

    properly it is very good weblog, lover! i can see the effort to help, abide by done to you BY THE WAY!!!

    Reply
  • 24 August, 2014 at 06:43
    Permalink

    What would most people do devoid of the brilliant suggestions you talk about on this website? Who else comes with the persistence to deal with crucial topics just for common subscribers like me? I and my friends are very happy to have your website among the types we usually visit. Hopefully you know how significantly we take pleasure in your effort! Best wishes from us all.

    Reply
  • 18 September, 2014 at 10:34
    Permalink

    742010 700608I believe you did an awesome job explaining it. Certain beats having to research it on my own. Thanks 50155

    Reply
  • 20 September, 2014 at 23:23
    Permalink

    852142 860726Its great as your other content : D, appreciate it for posting . 628030

    Reply
  • 30 September, 2014 at 13:11
    Permalink

    767014 93810Keep up the fantastic work , I read few blog posts on this website and I believe that your web site is real interesting and has bands of great info . 556694

    Reply
  • 30 September, 2014 at 17:32
    Permalink

    459358 342888A thoughtful insight and concepts I will use on my internet site. Youve naturally spent some time on this. Congratulations! 925058

    Reply
  • 4 November, 2014 at 01:17
    Permalink

    799956 214195We clean up on completion. This could sound obvious but not a lot of a plumber in Sydney does. We wear uniforms and always treat your home or workplace with respect. 444136

    Reply
  • 16 November, 2014 at 20:43
    Permalink

    612092 914252Hello. exceptional job. I did not anticipate this. This really is a splendid articles. Thanks! 941186

    Reply
  • 22 November, 2014 at 16:23
    Permalink

    I simply want to tell you that I’m beginner to blogging and absolutely enjoyed you’re blog. Most likely I’m want to bookmark your website . You absolutely have awesome article content. Cheers for sharing with us your website page.

    Reply
  • 24 November, 2014 at 18:19
    Permalink

    I simply want to say I am just newbie to blogs and honestly liked you’re website. Probably I’m want to bookmark your website . You definitely have impressive articles and reviews. With thanks for sharing with us your web-site.

    Reply
  • 1 December, 2014 at 14:25
    Permalink

    I just want to tell you that I am all new to blogs and certainly liked you’re web site. Likely I’m want to bookmark your site . You really come with awesome article content. Many thanks for sharing with us your blog site.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge
Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial
##################################################### #####################################################