Comentava com a minha mulher a beleza da Estrada Marginal, ou da estrada da Linha do Estoril. Sem dúvida que é uma das estradas mais belas de Portugal e até do mundo com vista quase constante para o mar e suas praias. Sendo um troço de transporte principalmente para carros transparece uma ideia que se baseia na existência de outros veículos a circularem nesta bela estrada.
Refiro-me principalmente aos ciclistas de variadas idades e condições físicas . Como não ando na marginal de bicicleta tenho dificuldade em perspetivar o sentimento dos ciclistas mas não tenho dúvidas que estes se expõem a situações de perigo devido às circunstâncias assim como ao comportamento dos diferentes traficantes.
Como automobilista devo dizer que a presença de tanto ciclista na marginal não é segura nem aconselhável. A maior parte dos troços da estrada são de 70 kms/ hora. Não há ciclista que possa andar a essa velocidade, pelo que terão que continuamente ser ultrapassados.Ora isto ocasiona situações acrescidas de risco especialmente levando em conta que muitos ciclistas não se parecem preocupar com as suas próprias limitações e muitos até não cumprem as regras a que se consideram ter direito, passando por exemplo por sinais vermelhos e não contribuindo suficientemente para serem ultrapassados.
O ciclismo é sem dúvida nenhuma uma atividade salutar mas penso que deveriam haver alternativas para a prática deste desporto/recreio que não seja a circulação pela Marginal.
On Friday we went to Lisbon. Patricia took the lead on organizing and acquiring, the purchase of many tickets, for a combined travel experience, where the children could try different underground lines. To everyone’s amazement we saw greatgrandpa driving the train to Oriente. Once there, everybody charged to the restaurant area, with all the different fast foods and chose a meal of our preference.
Daniel got a dragon and David a donkey and as far as we all could tell everything tasted delicious including Liv’s doll! The group could now concentrate on the next stage which was the Oceanarium- an enormous aquarium where one could learn about the meaning and importance of the oceans, and why they need to be looked after and preserved. After being intervewed we agreed we liked the pinguins and other diving birds that could swim under the water. Nobody really bothered when Grandpa jumped in to fight a giant shark.
After eating a few ice creams David wanted to go on a tricycle that cost 13 € for 30 minutes. Earlier on Daniel had vomited but got soon better. Jonatan and Liv spent some of their capital and bought a T-shirt and a cuddly turtle at the Oceanarium.
After a visit to Greatgrandma’s flat in Lisbon we ate at a restaurant in a square called Rato where Daniel broke down crying because the people on the table behind us had eaten the last snails
Grandpa hasn’t brushed his hair for a week, but what does it matter, when everyone is on holiday? We started our day by the pool. David wanted some diving gear so he got the others to follow him to to Estoril station where these things were sold. Luncheon was taken outdoors and everyone got something to eat and one more ice cream! Then off again to Algés to meet Vótetta and aunt Gracinda and her daughter Rita. We sat at a café by a park and Grandpa showed everyone how to go on a slide. When we finally came to the flat we discovered a very scared but preety dog-Lady. Grandpa gave some advice on how to train the dog, but realized that he did not have the time to train the dog himself. After that the trip back to the hotel started.. Jonatan and Grandpa wanted to see the match and the others wanted to bathe on the pool. Even Vótetta was there but it did not influence the result. Germany won as we had predicted. We visited the handycraft fair- Feira do Artesanato. Unfortunately David did not come. He stayed behind with Vótetta after another huge meal at the hotel.
The others had great fun and we particularly liked the sleeping dogs that could breathe. Jonatan bought a candleholder for his mum and Daniel got a key ring that one could whistle to. We decided to come back, so Liv could make up her mind on what she wanted. Grandpa talked a lot with a gentleman that owned a company in the entertainment branch. Grandpa could have taken a job there, as he is so funny!!!!