We just returned from a long weekend in Portugal; we stayed in the capital, Lisbon, as Jack had a ½ Ironman race. The area our hotel was in was Parque das Nacoes, which is known as the Park of Nations. It is east of the centre by the river; in the day time it offers restaurants, cafes and shopping, in the evenings it offers concerts, special events and a new casino.
Here is a link which will take you to some photos of the surrounding area of Lisbon. http://images.google.com/images?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLG,GGLG:2005-34,GGLG:en&q=Lisboa&um=1. You can find plenty of information on Google.
Jack and several friends competed in the Lisboa ½ Ironman, and I was part of the cheering squad. (Watching everyone was exciting, but it also made me nervous too. I certainly felt lazy!) You can check out results of the race at this link http://www.tri247.com/results_4775.html.
For those of you that are not familiar with what a ½ Ironman is, it consists of an open swim of 1.9K, bike 90k, then run of 21k.
The weather was absolutely lovely in Lisoba! The days were filled with sunshine and a slight breeze, while the nights were calm and warm.
Our next travels are to Switzerland and Italy in July.