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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