Monument to Explorers…Pictures and Thoughts
So I went to an area of Lisbon called Belem tonight. Three notable things there:
This statue (Monument to Explorers):
Obviously Portugal had a big role in exploring the new world…and are proud of it.
View from the top:
The thought that struck me here and elsewhere is the Christian themes. If a monument like this was put up in the US in last 5 yrs all sorts of grief would be heard. Seems like the secular in the US are hypersensitive…while in Europe they hardly care.
Tower of Belem was the second:
Finally, a place called Pastries De Belem. I was heading home on the trolley as we drove by…disobeying the front desk guys urging that I must go there (his forceful encouragement made me uncomfortable…was he thinking and indirectly saying I look like a guy that loves his pastries?). Seems like a popular place given that the line went out the door and around the block. No picture of that though.
Going to try to blog my way through Europe…