Lisbon: Out and About
Everyone has had a terrible cold, cough, sniffles combo this winter, and it seems to have spread like wildfire.
I certainly had it bad this year, and have suffered for the last fortnight!
It was definately time to get a little bit of sun and stretch out those legs.
Lisbon is one of those perfect little places for a City break.
Just over 2 hours flight from London (aka a little kip or two episodes’ worth of your fav show), and you land on the other side where the gentle heat hits you as you soon as you come off the aircraft and you know you’re not in England anymore!
What struck me about Lisbon is that it is super hilly (so wear comfortable shoes), but that also means that the views you can get from any high points across the city is absolutely spectacular. The chipped beautiful tiled buildings that are slightly worn and tattered is part of the sweet charm, the clothes washing that the locals hang on the balconies gives you a sense of local living, and the lone guitarists that strum on street corners makes you feel like it is a city full of romantic dreamers. The pastel colours everywhere you look, the terracotta roofs, the river, the bridge, the outdoor cafes where you can pass away the sunny days… it is simply beautiful.
I always look at those double-decker sightseeing buses with a snobbish disgust, however, I got the bus and tram ticket for 29 Euros that lasts 48 hours, and you can use it on the sightseeing red tram and all the other bus routes. This proved to be a great way of seeing everything with some snippets of commentary where you do end up learning a couple of new things. Otherwise, Uber is exceptionally cheap in Lisbon, much to my surprise, so having a phone with international 3G helps!
Lisbon is slightly larger city than I had thought originally, with plenty to do, plenty of museums and churches to admire, plenty of river-view cafes and bars… away from the central Old Town (which for me was the favourite part), it is beginning to have a current-trend converted warehouses foodie scene under the 25th April bridge, which should be pumping by the time summer comes round and perfect for outdoor parties.
I didn’t have any plans before coming to Lisbon. But you will find it is an easy place to walk around, discover side streets with local wine bars, stumble across landmarks unexpectedly, dance around in little quaint squares, and where every turn you make is a photographer’s dream.