Last weekend I visited Lisbon, I was very excited to go there because I’ve never been to this city or even to Portugal. I was curious about the Portuguese way of life, the people, the food and the architecture. Guess what? I loved it all! The people were very nice and helpful, even though they didn’t all spoke English that good but I must say most people managed very well. We noticed people from Lisbon are bad in giving directions and they don’t know street names! The first day we were send in all kind of directions to our hotel and it took us about an hour walking back and forward to find it, after that we decided to use Google Maps instead of asking for help. I also liked the food and the architecture in Lisbon a lot. Even though I was traveling with a friend, it had a very romantic feeling because we were walking around in cute little streets with cute restaurants.
I loved shopping in Lisbon, I did it every day! There were a lot of good stores and I was in good shopping company. I traveled with my friend Eva who also loves to go shopping, that was a lot of fun for me because usually when I travel with my boyfriend he always gets bored after half an hour shopping. The main shopping streets are set in Baixa/Chiado around Rua Augusta. There are international stores like Zara, Bershka and H&M and small unknown stores. Two stores I love and that I discovered when I was in Milan are Pull & Bear and Stradivarius. I was glad to see them in Lisbon because we don’t have them in Amsterdam. Does anyone happen to know why it smells like Abercrombie & Fitch in the Stradivarius store?
I noticed they eat a lot of fish and pork in Portugal. I don’t really like pork because I think it’s bad for my skin but I love fish! It tastes good and it’s healthy. They usally served it with vegetables and potatoes. A very Portuguese drink is Port but I had it ones in Holland and I don’t like it very much. I tasted a really nice Portuguese sweet dish that was called pastéis de nata, a little egg tart pastry. This was a real sweet treat!
Lisbon is not that big, you can reach most things on foot. On the airport we bought a metro ticket for €0,50 cent and we put €5,- on it. Our ride by metro from the airport to the city center was about €2,40 I think (not sure). This ticket can be used in all of the public transport, like trams, metros and busses. On our way back to the airport we decided to take a taxi because it turned out to be only €10,- from the city center where we stayed, so it wasn’t that expensive!
We were in Lisbon from March 8th till 11th, so it was still winter. The first day it was around 19 °C and very sunny, we could walk around in our T-shirt. The next day it was a bit cloudy but not cold our anything. The last day it was sunny again and we sat by the water catching some sunrays for a while!
- Bairro Alto
- Fado (Portuguese traditional sad music performance in a restaurant of café)
- Tram 28
- Ponte de 25 Abril (red bridge)
- Praça do Comércio
- Castelo de São Jorge
- LX Factory
- Santa Justa Elevator