OUR HONEYMOON | LISBON | MR & MRS HEDGER
Matthew and I got married on 25th July 2015 and it was the most special day we could possibly have imagined. So we are now officially Mr & Mrs Hedger. I am sad to be writing this blog in some ways because it means that we have returned from our honeymoon but I guess all good things have to come to an end. The honeymoon was an amazing way for the two of us to spend quality husband and wife time together as well as reminisce about our spectacular wedding day.
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We decided on Lisbon for our honeymoon because we have spent a lot of time in Portugal over the past 8 years of being together but never quite managed to travel to Lisbon. I had heard some fantastic things about the city and it definitely lived up to its reputation. Lisbon has so much history and culture that I think isn’t always associated with Portugal. Even our hotel, the Pestana Palace was smothered in beautifully romantic features from the stained glass windows (I have tried to capture in my photographs), mouldings, sculptures, painted and vaulted ceilings. You can see why it is not just a hotel but a National Monument. It was a photographers dream to experience this hotel let alone photograph it! I hope that I have done it justice in the photos that you will find on this post.
Stained glass windows, The Pestana Palace Hotel, Lisbon
If you are one of those people who has never seen a reason to visit Lisbon then I can highly recommend it. Although, I would suggest that you make the pilgrimage to Lisbon in the spring or autumn because we went in the height of summer and it was so hot. I would like to go back again when it isn’t so hot to get more out our time there.
View from one of the lounge areas, The Pestana Palace Hotel, Lisbon
At some point we did venture outside our hotel to see Lisbon itself. The Monument to the Discoveries or as the Portuguese call it the Padrao dos Descobrimentos was one of my personal highlights. The monument towers above anyone paying it a visit and appears to rise over the river like a huge sailing boat with its passengers being sculptures of important figures in history. Some of these figures depict King Manuel I carrying an armillary sphere, poet Camões holding verses from The Lusiads, Vasco da Gama, Magellan, Cabral, and several other notable Portuguese explorers, crusaders, monks, cartographers, and cosmographers, following Prince Henry the Navigator at the prow holding a small vessel. The only female is queen Felipa of Lancaster, mother of Henry the navigator, the brain of the discoveries.
The Monument to the Discoveries, Lisbon, Portugal
Built in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator, this a spectacle that must not be missed when visiting Lisbon. It is a must see and a must for photographing. Inside is an exhibition space with temporary exhibits, an interesting film about the city of Lisbon, and an elevator that takes visitors to the top for some bird’s-eye views of Belem and its monuments. I cannot comment on the view because we didn’t part take in this climb. I am not very good with heights!
The pavement in front of the monument is decorated with a mosaic that was offered by the South African government in 1960, representing a compass with the map of the world charting the routes taken by the Portuguese explorers.
Jeronimos Monastery, Lisbon, Portgal
Across the road from the monument and mosaic is the Jeronimos Monastery. This monastery is ornately decorated both inside and out. During the age of the discoveries it was a symbol of Portugal’s wealth shown by the elaborate sculptural details and maritime motifs. This style of architecture became known as Manueline. In this small area of the city are these three awe-inspiring pieces of Portuguese history so imagine what else can be found a bit further a field down the narrow walkways …