Lisbon: Open Air Market at Monastery of São Vicente de Fora

While waiting for our friends to arrive in Lisbon, we decided to walk up the hill to check out the open air market at the Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora.  This is the largest church in Lisbon, with construction beginning in the 16th century.  The taxi driver told us that the market is held there every Saturday and we could find good values…”local pricing, not tourist pricing”.

So, before I continue, let me remind you that we have recently sold off 85% of all our possessions to downsize into the 46 liter packs we are carrying, and;

  1. We don’t really need anything;
  2. We have no room and no desire to haul extra things half way around the world with us;
  3. “Stuff” is no longer in our budget.

However, I must also disclose that, while the reality of not needing anything is solid, the “want” is still lingering.  Wandering through the market, you can find anything from stamps and coins for collections, to antiquities, to clothing.  There were new, handmade wears to swap meet type booths.  You name it…it was there!  Kirk and I wandered through for over an hour and left with a few photos and fond memories.

Monastery of Sao Vicente / Our Back Yard



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