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Our trip through Portugal began in Lisbon, and to arrive at twilight was unforgettable.

When darkness falls, the fados - haunting songs so typical of Portugal - tell their poignant story.

The morning light revealed one of the world's most beautiful cities, spreading gracefully over a series of hills that dipped down to the Tagus River.

Lisbon's romance and history of yesterday are reflected in the ancient Tower of Belem, the church and monastery of Jerónimos, and the impressive Discoverer's Monument, dedicated to Prince Henry the Navigator, who brought about some of the world's greatest explorations.

Among the important landmarks devoted to Portugal's past we found Black Horse Square, a splendid setting for the parades of the present.

Along with the historical places of interest to see, Lisbon's air of gaiety and glamor is accented by the many sidewalk cafes, scattered throughout the city.

Although Lisbon is a large, cosmopolitan city, with a population of one million, the charm and graciousness of its people give it all the warmth and friendliness of a small town.

The most exciting time of the year is the holiday dedicated to St. Anthony, the patron saint of Lisbon, and the oldest section of the city, known as the Alfama, reflects the festive mood.

For the celebration, the maze of its narrow streets are all ablaze with brightness and color.

Here everyone is caught up in the infectious spirit, and dancing in the streets goes on from early morning, all through the day, and long into the night of St. Anthony's Eve.

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