Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Lisbons Tram 28

Estrela Basilica in Lisbon, PortugalImage via Wikipedia

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A Rough Guide to the World
-Tram 28: taking a ride through Lisbon's historic quarters
Just as you should arrive in Venice on a boat, it is best to arrive in Lisbon on a tram,
for one of the most atmospheric public-transport rides in the world: a slow-motion roller coaster into the city's historic heart. The polished wood interiors are gems of craftsmanship, from the grooved wooden floors to the shiny seats and sliding window panels. And the operators don't so much drive the trams as handle them like ancient caravels, adjusting pulleys and levers as the streetcar pitches and rolls across Lisbon's wavy terrain. As tram 28 rumbles past the towering dome of the Estrela Basilica, remember the famous bottoms that have probably sat exactly where you are: the writers Pessoa and Saramago, the singer Mariza, footballers Figo and Eusebio.



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