I must admit, I didn't do much research before my husband and I headed off to Lisbon. Although, I had recently read that it was fast becoming the "go-to" European summer destination for celebrities, royals and everyone in between. So, naturally, my interest was piqued and I was looking forward to seeing what Lisbon was all about.
It didn't take me long to buy into this hype, so much so I already knew I wanted to to come back (even before I left). And this is how I know that I've truly fallen for a city.
Whilst we obviously had to tick the tourist hot spots off our list (Jerónimos Monastery, Tagus River, Pena Palace, Praca de Comercio, Torre de Belem, Santa Justa Lift) my favourite experiences in Lisbon involved simply wandering the streets and seeing where they took us. And if we became a little weary, the tram was there to see the city from a different view. Honestly it doesn't get much better than tram-hopping from boutique to bakery to bar.
Coming from a city that doesn't have a tram line, I do find this mode of transport particularly novel. Especially on one of our journeys when a car was illegally parked across one of the lines! There really is nothing you can do in this situation but wait until the owner of the vehicle sheepishly returns and clears the way. I remember looking at my husband and we said if there's one place in the world where we could be stuck in a tram, we're happy for it to be right here in Lisbon.
I hope you enjoy scrolling through my photo journal below and I've included the main details of my trip underneath!
My Photo Journal
WHEN I WENT - September 2017
HOW I GOT THERE - Stansted -> Lisbon with Ryanair
WHERE I STAYED - Mercure Lisboa Hotel
HOW I GOT AROUND - Tram, bus, taxi
WHAT I SAW - Dreamy facades, Azulejos (ceramic tiles), hand painted ceramics, Jerónimos Monastery, Tagus River, Pena Palace, Praca de Comercio, Torre de Belem, Santa Justa Lift
WHAT I ATE - Portuguese custard tarts, Gambas al ajillo (Garlic prawns), Oysters, Stuffed tiger prawns. Salmon tartar, Tuna Tartar, Croquetes, Portuguese cheeses and sausage (Charcuterie)
WHERE I ATE - Time Out Market Lisboa, Restaurante Sete Mares, Pasteis de Belem
WHERE I SHOPPED - Ceramic and textile stores, Shipping container markets, Locally designed and made independent fashion boutiques