To end my month of travelling, I decided to visit somewhere new. It was my first time in Portugal and I literally fell in love with Lisbon. The vibes in Lisbon were just so chill and the food was incredible. I arrived in Lisbon in the evening just after dinner and left early hours of the morning ; so I had two full days in Lisbon.
My first day I did the traditional “new town, wander around”. It was great, I actually was looking for the beach but what I found was not what I expected. It was amazing though, by the “pier” of Praça do Comércio there was a music band from Cape Verde playing traditional Cape Verdean music. Next to them was a gentleman making sand sculptures, they were honestly amazing and you could see how much time he has taken to master his craft. Before wandering through to Praça do Comércio, I visited Praça Rossio which had a beautiful water fountain and off of one of the side streets you found another praça which led to streets full of restaurants and souvenir shops. This was a typical tourist destination which has many waiters calling out to potential customers inviting them in for lunch. I loved the vibe, the weather was great and I was feeling good.
After Praça do Comércio, I was navigating my way home (well back to the hostel) and I saw a sign to Castello San Jorge which is the national monument of Lisbon. So I thought, why not and headed Castello San Jorge. It was quite the uphill, not difficult but made me sweat – haha. Definitely worth it. The view from Castello San Jorge is absolutely breathtaking, you can see both Old Town Lisbon and newer Lisbon. Castello San Jorge was great to me, but my stomach was helping for food. I
My second full day I started with lunch Vasco de Gamma, then got the metro to Praça Rossio and then wandered around from there. I also decided it was time to start grabbing some fridge magnets and souvenirs for the family.
So.. I had a little accident. End result = Sangria in my food and on my white t-shirt.
Sintra Castle is definitely on the list of places I want to visit when I return to Lisbon. I also wanted to see the suspension bridge up close and Cristo Rei up close (a little feel of Brazil – haha). Lisbon definitely fed me well, although the portions were pretty big and I don’t always have the biggest appetite, I ate everything on my plate each time. I’m also not a rice person unless it’s jollof rice, but I LOVED the rice with beans that they had.