Friday October 23
We drove to Cascais today, a town about a half hour west of where we are staying near Lisbon. We walked along the pedestrian streets and visited a few shops, but no purchases. Everything I like is either too expensive or too big or fragile to get home. The cobblestone street was a bit disorienting as it created a bit of an optical illusion.There were some people on the beach making sand sculptures to earn a bit of money.We walked down along the docks past the fishing boat area and then through the Cascais Marina, which were both in the shadow of ancient fortress walls.
The view from the Marina back towards town.We passed this interesting house, or maybe a small castle? on our walk towards the Boca de Inferno.Boca de Inferno, or Hell’s Mouth, is an interesting cliff formation about a forty minute walk from Cascais.The pounding of the Atlantic Ocean on the cliffs chiseled out a small cave, which then collapsed. There is a walkway so it is visible from both sides. Bob wanted me to take this picture, he said it reminded him of a jigsaw puzzle.The fortress walls I mentioned earlier now house a hotel and a bunch of artist studios, which unfortunately were all closed, but this quaint little bookstore was open.It was full of interesting things, including this unique piece of furniture, made of all sorts of recycled bits of wood. My nephew in Portland has started woodworking and has buit some beautiful pieces. I thought he might like to see this.
The courtyard also had a few different sculptures, including these giant binoculars.
We walk back above the dock with all the fishing paraphernalia that we walked by earlier.We found a nice bit of beach and spent an hour or so just relaxing, watching the waves and the people.On the way home we stop at a Casino in Estoril. It is supposed to be the biggest Casino in Europe, but we are only able to find half a floor of slot machines on the main floor, and the gaming tables are closed. Our casinos at home seem bigger than this one…We spent a couple of hours, won some and lost some and in the end it cost us 10€.