And did I mention tiles.
Portugal - a city spread over hills with furniculars, trams and elevators to help cross town. New and old and very old. Much destroyed in 1754 earthquake and tsunami in the central area - rebuilt with much glamor.
Many homes covered with painted ceramic tile - azulejos inside and out.
Has had many glory days - today still hurting from global recession.
We experienced summer heat, garbage strike, and being offered a multitude of drugs on the street - but as the weather cooled off - the Lisbon charm took over as we wandered from neighborhood to neighberhood.
Tonight we head to hear Fado - bluesy type music specific to Portugal and central to Lisbon.