Okay, I know I have been pretty absent these last few months and haven't posted much *sorry*, however, with wrapping up our home renovations (photos coming!), settling in, and working doubles, time hasn't exactly been on my side. Be that as it may, I have been keeping up with my 2017 resolutions, specifically when I said that I would travel back to Europe. It's been six years since my last Euro trip and sixteen years since I last visited my roots in Portugal. With my family there and one month of approved time off work, there was no better time to go back then now.
The first week of our trip was spent in Portugal's capital city, Lisbon, AKA Tile Porn Heaven! The design and architecture of the entire city is remarkable. Every street corner has something to offer, be it the delicious Portuguese custard tarts "pastel de nata", the fado houses, or the spectacular city views, Lisbon will not disappoint. We stayed in an apartment in a neighbourhood called Bairro Alto. There is something so nice about staying in an apartment when you're in a new city, pretending to be a local during your stay makes everything a bit more exciting. Bairro Alto is the centre of the capitals nightlife, filled with many clubs and bars, and the only district in Lisbon that transforms drastically between day and night. Footsteps away you'll find Alfama and Chiado, but make sure you pack a pair of comfortable trainers, Lisbon isn't called the city of seven hills for nothing.
We spent the first couple days exploring all that Lisbon has to offer, taking the famous tram 28 up to the beautiful Alfama district, visiting São Jorge Castle, all while making sure we wondered off the busy touristy areas. Without a doubt the streets are best explored by simply getting lost in. The next few days were spent exploring other towns. Cascais, Sintra, Albufeira and Belem were among them. Each place left me feeling something so special. From the castles, to the botanical gardens, the beaches and everything in between, it was impossible not to be blown away.
When travelling anywhere in the world, its my mission to find the best restaurants each city has to offer. I also make it a point to visit places that are as authentic as possible. With that said, here are my top 5 must try restaurants when visiting Lisbon: Taberna Portuguesa, A Cevicheria, The Mill, Tascardos and Cervejaria Ramiro. While price points very at each place, the quality of food will not disappoint.
My trip didn't end here, but Lisbon will forever hold a special place in my heart and I cannot wait to return. Stay tuned for the next stop of my travels, the Azores.