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Page 154. " I think I may even head on to Lisbon after Seville and perhaps catch a steamer home to Southampton. "


Supermarine Spitfire Mk.PR.XIX
Public DomainSupermarine Spitfire Mk.PR.XIX - Credit: Adrian Pingstone

Lisbon is synonymous with politics, culture and economics and holds the title of one of the world’s oldest cities, with a history dating back to the fifth century. The Moorish people took control during the eighth and then the Crusaders came along in 1147, claiming Lisbon back for the Christians and subsequently converting it into a hub of political, cultural and economic activity.


Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeLisbon - Credit: Osvaldo Gago

Although Portugal’s capital city in name, legally and unusually, Lisbon's title has never been made official by way of a statute or in writing, but simply through constitutional convention.

During WW2, Lisbon remained a neutral port and therefore home to many war refugees fleeing Nazi Germany.

Like many of the places visited by LMS, it is packed with beautiful architecture – in Lisbon Romanticism, Gothic, Baroque and many more are juxtaposed alongside one another to great effect.

The port city of Southampton, located in the south of England, is located near the famous New Forest.

In 1912, the doomed passenger ship, the RMS Titanic, sailed from its docks and there is a commemorative statue in Southampton in memory of those on it. Southampton was also where the Supermarine Spitfire was designed and developed.

WW2 saw the city suffer greatly from bombing, particularly because of its importance as a commercial port and industrial city.