July 31, 2012

Lisbon: Part 1

Oh Lisbon...gorgeous Lisbon! A picture perfect Portuguese town painted in blues and whites and yellows and as you can probably tell, we loved it. With my sister and brother-in-law in tow, the four of us found our way to the cute Air BnB apartment we rented in Bairro Alto. The building was in a beautiful part of the old town which was ever so conveniently around the corner from nightly street parties and sidewalk cafes and yet still quiet with the outside adorned in vibrant pink.

Instead of making a plan we opted to wander around the city instead--feasting on bifanas (typical Portuguese pork sandwiches), arroz con mariscos (seafood rice similar to paella) and washing it all down with Portuguese vinho verde (green wine). Ultimately we ventured up to Castelo de Sao Jorge. It seemed like we spent hours admiring the view and walking through the castle...but the best thing about Southern Europe is that long days means late dinners so we were in no hurry :). Once we got back to Bairro Alto, we wined and dined until well past midnight on Portuguese pork and clams and yet another bottle of vinho verde. 

And well...once we stepped outside of the restaurant...full on STREET PARTY...and a half liter of sangria was only 2 EUR!! It's no surprise that we took full advantage of those sangrias...and totally fell in love with Lisbon. Day 1 = TOO much of a success! Oh boy...I'm just getting started on you, Lisbon!
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11 comments:

Jay said...

Looks beautiful.

I've heard mixed reviews about Portugal but this makes me want to explore it a bit!

fatim308 said...

Great City, Oh I really envy you

P.s nice picture

Joslin said...

Sounds like a great day! Can't wait to hear more.

Mish Lovin' Life said...

Love these pictures! Can't wait to see Lisbon in person!!

Robyn said...

fab-great photos-looks lovely. your photos on liz's blog (that she shot) are lovely

B. Jarosz said...

Gorgeous photos!

Alli Campbell said...

I've just found your blog from Liz's blog and I am very happily reading through the archives, making a few notes for our travels ;) Love these pics of Lisbon, they are making me wish we were getting to Portugal on this trip... there's always next time!

Gesci said...

We're in Lisbon right now- and ate at Casa do India tonight, at your suggestion- it was GREAT! We spent all day at Belem, and are headed to a few more sights tomorrow before going down to the Algarve for a day. I'll email you back when I'm home- but thanks so much for all the tips!!

Alex Butts said...

great pictures! I am dying to go to Lisbon. I had a weekend in Porto, about 3 hrs south, and loved it. Lisbon looks even more beautiful though

A and B said...

Ok i'm pretty sure that I want your life! Lisbon looks wonderful!! Also- I nominated you for a "Liebster" award...so head on over to the blog to check out the award!

Pooja Kamthe said...

Great set of photos..Really you have a wonderful memories of your Lisbon trip..I hope you have a safe and amazing travel in future.
this is how I have planned Lisbon day trip.