Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog Tea and Paperbacks! Sorry for sporadically posting these past few weeks and missing two weeks of Weekly Wrap Ups, but here I am, back again with a new post!
On a long weekend last week I went to Lisbon, Portugal for the first time. And I had an amazing time! Coming from Holland’s 10-ish centigrade, rainy and gloomy weather, Lisbon was bright and full of sunshine, clear blue skies, and lovely breeze.
Lovely building, old and very beautiful inside. I wished there were more guide and information about the history, maybe an audio guide would be even better, but merely looking around the monastery was wonderful.
Castelo De Sao Jorge
This was a castle made during the war above a hill, not made for the place to live of royals as castles usually are, but for a tower and a sort of fortress to defend the country from enemies as it is possible for them to see ships coming through the Tagus river from afar. It’s again, an old and wonderful cluster of buildings, and the weather was so sunny to look around. There was also an archeological site and the results of those findings were showcased in a small but nice museum in that area as well.
Located near the castle, this district is probably my favourite part of the city. You can have a wonderful view of the river with the classical photogenic rooftops and houses of Portugal, as well as a glimpse of the Sao Jorge castle. Not to mention the cafes nearby let you enjoy some cakes while watching the view, and also watching the famous old trams of Lisbon pass by.
Sightseeing in General!
So many other historical places and buildings are scattered around the city. The main city center is filled with churches, statues, arcs and squares. As per usual, my mom and I went on Rick Steve’s walking tour audio guide, which walks us through a lot of historical places, including funiculars, a lovely pastry shop, and loads of history.
Museums: Azulejo Museum and Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
We only went to two museums in this trip. The first one is a tile museum, because Lisbon is known to produce various colored tiles and place them on their walls, which is gorgeous to look at. The Azulejo Museum showcased that beautifully, with even a small chapel that’s so grand and amazing to look at. The other museum we visited is an art and painting museum filled with beautiful artwork, and located in a lovely garden with lots of ducks and turtles! We also followed a guided tour there, with a very informative guide that made the visit even better.
National Monument of Discovery
We only took pictures from this large piece of monument from afar, but we also had frozen yogurt and enjoyed the sunshine near the Tagus river!
Pastel de Nata is sweet, crunchy, and heavenly, and I ate them for four days in a row and I’m still hungry for more. The coffee there was also really nice, and so are the wine. Of course we tried the sausage, the sardines, the fish pate for our light lunch together with a baguette, the codfish (as a soup), the veal (steak, with mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts, delicious!), and of course, the port! Such awesome food.
Those were the things I did and explored and visited and ate in Lisbon! I looove traveling and it really opens up my eyes with the culture and history of the world. I can’t wait to go to other cities in Europe while I still can.
Check out my other traveling fun on my previous posts too! Let me know your favourite cities in Europe, and if you’ve ever been to Lisbon as well. Till next time everyone!