Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Hi Everyone!

As I promised, I wanted to share my traveling experience from our trip and this place is a must to share!!

From London, we flew to Zurich to meet my best friend, Pamela, and Clint’s friend Roland. Roland had planned to surprise Pamela with a trip to Lisbon for her birthday, but I’m pretty sure she knew the whole time where we were going.

I loved Lisbon!  It’s such a beautiful place, the weather was a lot warmer then Switzerland so that helped a lot lol. We rented an air bnb which was plenty big enough for the 4 of us. It was inexpensive too. Lisbon, in general, is not pricey at all.

Most people, when planning a trip to Europe they don’t think of Lisbon as the first place they want to see. Before going to Lisbon I didn’t really hear about it as much as other countries in Europe, but it was definitely one of my favorite places on our trip.

It’s very up and coming. There is a mix of really old building and new places. We learned from one of our cab drivers that they are doing a lot of renovations inside the buildings but the exteriors can’t be changed to keep the historical look. There are beautifully tiled buildings everywhere you look. There is also beautiful patterns on the sidewalks and open areas.

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Lisbon reminds me a lot of San Francisco. There is a huge red bridge that looks like the Golden Gate Bridge and even streetcars that go up and down the hills.

Before going to Lisbon I found out my maiden name is Portuguese. “Ferreira”. It’s crazy you see it everywhere. There is even a winery that makes port wine with my family name.

We went to the Time Out Market for lunch. This is a must see place in Lisbon. It is a new contemporary market like the ones you are seeing pop up in a lot of cities. Like liberty market, in San Diego, but a lot bigger. The food was amazing! I had a delicious grilled octopus with a glass of champagne “So classy” We had a variety of other food and drinks. We even tried the famous Pastel de Nata, Portugal is known for this sweet dessert.

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Later that day we decided to take a cab to Sintra, which is a little town about 45 minutes from Lisbon. It is full of castles and little shops.

Sintra is so beautiful It’s a lot greener than Lisbon both places have their own unique beauty. I definitely recommend you going to see the Pena Palace if you ever visit Sintra. The palace sits up on the top of the mountain and is very colorful. You have to pay 12€ for entrance but it is very worth it. There are so many pictures opportunities, views, and you even get to walk through the palace definitely Instagram worthy lol

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Lisbon is known for its seafood since it is right on the coast. We decided to try a marisqueira restaurant called Ramiro and it was amazing. This was probably Clint’s favorite part of the trip. I definitely recommend going if you have time.

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The people in Lisbon are nice and honest. They are not trying to rip you off or oversell you. They tell you how it is and most know English.

Overall the trip to Lisbon was amazing. I’d definitely go back and I can see Lisbon growing and changing a lot in the future. There is so much culture there. So if you are ever planning a trip to Europe add it to your list. Extra tip: Lisbon has Uber and the taxis are cheap. Our ride to the airport was like 10€.

 

– Cheesy part of the blog 😉

Thank you to my husband for this amazing trip. I experienced all these amazing places because of you. Thank you for sticking by my side and for all that you do for us. I would be lost without you.

Thank you for motivating me every day and for pushing me to do things out of my comfort zone. I feel truly lucky to have you.

I love you forever.

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London for a Night! 🇬🇧

London for a Night! 🇬🇧

Hey guys!

I wanted to write a blog on the cities I’ve been to. My first city stop was London. I was a bit jet lagged, but I was a trooper. We were only there for 1 night so I wanted to make the most of it. It was cold and more lively then expected. People don’t sleep there, it reminded me a lot of New York but with shorter and older buildings. The streets are very busy and loud.

We met with one of Clint’s friends (Luke) for drinks the day we arrived. He brought his girlfriend (Lucy) along, they are both from London so they showed us around. They took us to a roof top bar with views of the city. It was a empty because it was so cold but we shared a bottle of wine outside anyway. We ended the night with some street noodles that were actually really satisfying.

We ended the night early because I was super tired from flying all night. We stayed in an Airbnb in Soho. It was a little loud and the shower wasn’t the best but we made it work.

We woke up early the next day and explored. Clint and I like walking the city and finding our own way. We must have walked about 2/3 miles over the Thames river and back to Soho.

We had to catch our flight to Zurich the same day so we had a limited amount of time to explore but still got to see a lot. We saw the London Eye and Big Ben, which was under construction. We found a flower shop that had tuberoses, Clint’s Moms favorite flower. Every time we come across this flower we always buy it to remember her knowing she’s by our side. Before we had to leave to the airport we stopped at a ramen restaurant to have lunch. We love ramen and it was really good.

Overall London was really cool, but we didn’t have a lot of time there to take it all in. Maybe we will plan a future trip to stay a little longer there.

Extra Tips: Don’t buy a bus ticket from the airport. There are express trains that are a lot faster and about the same price if you buy the tickets in advance. Also London uses a different electrical plug then the U.S. and Europe. We weren’t prepared so I wasn’t able to do my hair :(. Luckily we had a portable charger for our phones.