Well we did it! Alex and I are off on the trip of a lifetime - 16 cities in 28 days omg. First stop: Lisboa!!
Destination: Lisbon, Portugal
FWL: with Jeffrey
Travelers: 2 adults
Arrived via: Plane (TAP Portugal JFK - LIS)
Baggage: one checked bag and carry on each (we plan on doing laundry)
Local Transportation: Metro de Lisboa (subway) €1,45 / ride
Lodging: Lisbon Destination Hostel located in the iconic Rossio Train Station
Meals: Grilled fish... Grilled meats... and more fish. Ooh and of course vinho verde to wash it all down.
Main Attraction: What started as just a layover quickly became a city of brilliant colors and tastes. A beautifully preserved, culturally diverse ancient walking city with pages and pages of history down each street.
TAP Airlines let us down a bit... who ever heard of no wine on an international flight? (Yes we are spoiled). It's probably best we slept on the plane since it was a red eye anyway. We successfully purchased metro tickets from the airport station at a machine without any english and we made it to the hostel in one piece. We were a bit early for check in so we dropped off our bags and hit the pavement. A nice slippery walk down Lisbon's famously slick limestone pavement lead us to the Tagus River where we dipped our feet.
LUNCH: In the Baixa-Chiado area along the water in front of Jardim de Roque Gameiro there is a strip of touristy shops followed by beachy food huts where we shared some "Bifana" and beer.
DRINKS: Also in Baixa-Chiado we found Delirium Café so before dinner we had a few pints.
DINNER: Dinner was the true showstopper though. Alex found Churrasqueira da Paz in Barrio Alto so we meandered off the grid until we came upon this little corner shop with a crowd of people pouring out of it. I think we overdid it because we struggled to finish but the food was excellent. Whole swordfish, half a chicken, and our first bottle of vinho verde that we couldn't even finish because we were so jet lagged! (we donated the rest of the wine to our neighbors). It goes without saying but we slept very well that first night.
Our hostel offered free walking tours so we chose "Old Town" Alfama. We stopped at Largo das Portas do Sol, an old gateway into the small arab city and lookout point just below Castelo de São Jorge for a stunning view of the jungle that is Alfama's red rooftops and pastel houses against the blue of the water and sky. We wound our way through the seemingly forgotten village and stopped for a taste of ginjinha, a favorite liquor of the locals made of sour cherries. After a toast with our guide, we made our way back up the hill to finish at Mosterio de São Vicente de Fora where we were left to figure out lunch on our own.