Something I had to consider when I was planning this trip was limiting the number of stops and connections I made because I was at maximum capacity with my bags. Originally I had planned on going to Porto, but it required a connection so instead I opted to fly direct to Lisbon instead. I was meeting up with friends and after 8 days in practical seclusion, I was looking forward to social interaction.
Ironically it was pouring rain the first few days, I ended up just giving up on site-seeing. , including skipping my trip to Porto. I made the mistake of leaving the hotel and got into shopping trouble. More like I discovered Vista Alegre. Which would have been fine had I been heading straight home, but I had one stop. Oops. I could not resist.
Luckily the sun finally came out and we were able to do a bit of sightseeing. But first we ate. We had asked the hotel for a recommendation and they suggested A Gina. I was intrigued by the Secret Black Pig. It was SO good. So much so that we went back for seconds the next night.
After a very filling lunch, we decided to walk around town and burn it off.
It a little chilly for June in Lisbon. And having walked too many of the 7 hills the day before, we decided to do a Tram Car Tour. It was hilarious. We had seats right behind the tram driver and it added to the enjoyment. First all the streets are narrow in Lisbon. They have to fight with pedestrians, cyclists, motorist and stupid people. At one point a cyclist was riding in the middle of the street. No amount of bell ringing was making the guy move. Finally at the red light, the tram driver told the guy you have to share the road. The guy started arguing “Why? It’s Saturday, I want to enjoy my bike ride”…even though this exchange was in Portuguese, it was obvious the guy was not going to give in. After a 2 minute exchange, the Tram driver just said enough and resumed our tour. We hit another snag, with a car blocking the the tram tracks. The driver kept ringing the bell, which brought out some on lookers. They then proceeded to yell at the driver that he had plenty of room to clear and why wouldn’t he just try. 5 minutes later a harried van driver arrived and we were on our way. 45 minutes on the tram, who knew it would be so entertaining.
We did so more walking around, more eating and just enjoyed our time in Lisbon. Frequently stopping for drinks and food. If it only it had been a little warmer.
Its always fun to discover new places with friends. Soon it was time to head off to my new and final stop, Paris. But first I had to figure out how I was going to sneak my new purchases on the flight, since they clearly were NOT going to fit in my suitcases.
Travel tip- look for a friendly business man that has only one carry on. Ask him nicely if he wouldn’t mind carrying your 3rd carry-on because you are over the limit……..
Stay tuned for Paris!