it’s time again for a trip report. You have certainly noticed that I was a few days in Lisbon last week. What can I say? Lisbon inspired me – I didn’t expect that; at least Lisbon hasn’t been on my must-see list of european cities, but you really should add it to exactly this list
Of course, Lisbon as a capital with a nearly 3000-year history has much to offer and I when visiting a city I check out the main attractions. But to me, more important than culture and history of a town, is today’s atmosphere and feeling of a city. And that’s what impressed me so much – I felt a bit like in San Francisco. Unfortunately, you can not compare the images because I was in San Francisco before my time as a blogger
Although Lisbon isn’t located directly at the Atlantic, it was quite chilly in the evening – just like in SF I was prepared for hot summer days and balmy nights and was a little bit cold all time … So take a cardigan; it may be a bit warmer Lisbon is situated on seven hills – I think I was at all of them and and didn’t climb so many stairs and steep streets in any other city but San Francisco – quite exhausting but you will be rewarded with stunning views Luckily there are (again like in SF) Cable Cars which take you from downtown Baixa to the old town of Bairro Alto and Alfama. In Lisbon there is since 1902 even an elevator, the Santa Justa, which connects Baixa with Chiado (next to Bairro Alto). The most obvious parallel between Lisbon and San Francisco is the Ponte 25 de Abril …
The tourist standard program includes definitely a visit to the Castelo de São Jorge, a walk on the Avenida da Liberdade (where I lived directly opposite of my favorite boutique) and a visit to the Torre de Belém. When in Belém, you shouldn’t be scared of line in front the Pastelaria Casa Pastéis de Belém: nowhere in Lisbon you get so good and fresh Pasteis de Nata. A great way to discover Lisbon and give your feet some rest are TukTuks: little Piaggo tricycle mopeds with one or two benches. The drivers offer different trips through Lisbon – a terrific way to see the city, explained by a local and discover e.g. the specifics of Lisbons Urban Art.
Have you ever been in Lisbon? If not, then I wish you a good trip
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