Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, is a fascinating city of old-fashioned and funky art, charming architecture, and traditions. It's one of Europe's most enjoyable capitals with its relaxed atmosphere, cultural diversity, and reasonable prices. Lisbon is set on seven low hills next to the Tagus River. The city's atmosphere is rich with wonderful old buildings, Europe's longest suspension bridge, and fascinating museums and monuments. Despite the city's muscle-aching hills, Lisbon is compact enough to explore on foot. If your legs get tired, Lisbon has very convenient bus, tram, and subway lines as well as funiculars to take you up the steeper hills. The city moves to pulsing new rhythms, as African music clubs are all the rage. Contrasting to this modern diversity, Portuguese songs continue to be heard, the soulful music is still hitting notes of passionate melancholy. Lisbon also hosts a great number of remarkable museums of ancient and modern art, some of which are the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, National Museum of Contemporary Art, National Coach Museum, and Carmo Archaeological Museum. A good way to enjoy a panoramic view is to climb one of the seven hills – Penha de França, Senhora do Monte, Graça, Sao Jorge, Sao Pedro Alcantara, Santa Catarina, and Estrela. Sao Jorge is topped by a famous castle, Castelo de Sao Jorge, and has the most spectacular picturesque view – especially as the sun sets over the Tagus river. Lisbon is really a wonderful place to explore, any time of the year. If you are lucky, the sky is blue and the sun is shining even in February and November.
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10 Best Low Emission Cars On The Road (Part-1)
1. Edgeo 3008 Hybride4 – £326,995
The world's first diesel hybrid and an impressive performer too. Not only does it produce just 99g/km of CO2, it offers zero emissions when in electric-only mode for short distances, and the option of four-wheel-drive. The car has a pleasing, light and airy cabin. Drive one of these and you'll be right at the cutting edge.
2. Citroen DS5 Hybrid4 – £327,600
Due out this year and using the same diesel hybrid set-up as sister company Peugeot, this stylish five-seater model produces only 99g/kms of CO2; enough for a top speed of 131mph and 0-62mph in just 8.3 seconds. Has a big, 465-litre boot and "pilot-style" cabin.
3. Nissan Leaf – £325,990
This five-door hatchback has no tailpipe emissions at all; it's electric-powered. Press the throttle and the lithium-ion battery activates the 80kw electric motor, powering the front wheels – silently. How's 0-06 mph in 12 seconds and a top speed to 90mph and a range of 100 miles sound?
4. Renault Fluence – £317,495
This five-seater saloon, launched this month, looks fairly conventional despite its all-electric propulsion system which, Renault says, gives it a range of up to 125 miles. The system is driven by a substantial battery pack hidden behind the rear seats. Charged from dedicated charging point, or the mains.
5. Toyota Prius T3 – £31,055
This is the third generation of this model and is still the best-known hybrid amongst all. Emits only 89g/kms of CO2 and drives like an ordinary car. There's room for the family too and this car is not only clean but good-looking. Lots of low-CO2 cachet.
to be continued...