The hotel we stayed in had the same tile mural as the one in the station and the woman at the desk was able to tell me that it represented a Lord who was charged by the king to care for the castle while the King was away at war. The castle was attacked and the lord lost the battle. When the king returned, the lord offered himself and his family as slaves to the king as an act of honour. It has become a formative story and honour is a core value for the culture.
We travelled from Oporto to Lisboa this morning, on the speedy and efficient trains, got into the hostel after some wait and David arrived about 16:00. Early to bed tonight so we can start sightseeing tomorrow.