We are back from Sweden! What a trip! We had the most amazing time!
I have to confess that I was not blown away with the thought of a trip to Lisbon. I mean, sure….but I could think of so many other cities I woul like to visit before Lisbon. How lucky am I having Mr. T to convince me about this trip.
So we flew to Portugal! I have to say, it was not love at the first sight. The weather in March….AMAZING! But still, for some reason, I was not feeling it….yet. Maybe it was those crispim stairs that we were walking up to get to our Airbnb flat. They were steep, nasty and had to climb wirh a suitcase. But we made it and arrived at the flat and met with our lovely host, had a chance to breath and change into some more appropriate cloth and went out the door again. Then it hit me! From the top of one hill, just at the castle, you can see this beautiful city coming together.
It’s a shame that I don’t remember exactly what we had seen when, but it does not really matter. Once we had learned about the city lifts in the centre that would help you getting from the lower part of the city, baixa, to the castle and vice versa, we were unstoppable ;)
I loved the graffiti and the decay mixed with the glamour of places just around the next corner.
As you will probably read on any travel guides for Lisbon. Take tram 28! Yep! Do it. Too cliche? Too mainstream for you? Your loss then! We loved it! Make sure you take it at Praça do Martim Moniz so you can be sure to get a seat.
We had a viagem travel card that you can top up and gives you a good deal for public transport, so we ended up taking many trams and trains and buses.
One day we did a daytrip to Sintra. And let me tell you one thing. You have not seen anything unless you have been to Quinta da Regaleira! This is a must! Must must must! Worth visiting Portugal, maybe even Europe, only for this place. It’s magic, it’s beautiful, very different, creepy, scary at times and overall it is fascinating. A bit of history about this place.
Legend has it that one of the later owners ow this estate, a millionaire who started building the intricate tunnels and gardens and grottos in 1904, was a freemason and built that initiation well for exactly this purpose. To initiate new members into freemasonry. It’s hard to find a lot of information online. So I would suggest you to go and visit!
Once in Sintra, have a stroll! You have palaces and monuments to choose from. It’s a gorgeous place!
And that was us in Portugal.
Great weather, great food, nice people, best company and a very very special light and a wish to come back soon!