It’s really hard to write about a place you visited three years ago. It’s even harder to write when you don’t feel like writing at all. I always have to be in a mood for writing so here I am with my next post after two and a half years of silence. I guess I will keep this post very brief and just fill it with many pictures to compensate for it.
Lisbon was a love at first sight. The city has so many beautiful sights, houses and the azulejos (colourful ceramic tiles) are everywhere. I spent only 5 days in Lisbon. The first day was just travelling from Paris to Lisbon and a very long waiting for my couchsurfer. (Sidenote: I had the best couchsurfers all around Portugal.) I was exhausted after a week in Paris, it was very hot and I had my luggage with me so I decided to spend the time in the nearest shopping centre (Armazéns do Chiado). The shopping centre is on the same street as Elevador de Santa Justa (45m tall lift with an observation deck on top of it). I have read many reviews how Elevador de Santa Justa is just a tourist trap so I decided not to visit it. I found a great view over Lisbon at the toilets of the above mentioned shopping centre, I guess the view is pretty similar to the one from Elevador and the best thing about it: it’s for free 😀
The main reason why I went to Lisbon was NOS Alive music festival. Yes, I love music and am willing to travel thousands of kilometres just to see my favourite bands live. I mean Arcade Fire, Years & Years, Tame Impala, Foals, Two Door Cinema Club and Grimes is a line up I couldn’t miss. This was the first time I was alone at a music festival and I really loved it. By the entrance they were handing out hats with a strap which was very practical as it’s really hot in july in Portugal and the festival was taking place just beside the river so it was very windy all the time. There was a fake grass carpet (or whatever that green thing is called) on the ground so your feet wouldn’t hurt from all the walking and dancing.
As I warned you I will post more pictures than words, here they are:
While in Lisbon you cannot miss their famous yellow trams. I decided to take a ride on the well known tram number 28 which goes past the most famous Lisbon sights. I took the tram from Rua da Conceição stop and went all the way to the final stop at Praça Martim Moniz. From there I took the tram again and got off at Largo Portas Sol stop to enjoy the view over Lisbon from Miradouro das Portas do Sol view point. Then I took the road downhill and stopped at Miradouro de Santa Luzia for another breathtaking view. I continued down the street where the tram goes and ended up in front of the Lisbon Cathedral. My last stop was Praça Dom Pedro IV also known as Rossio square.