TSOBlog goes to Lisbon

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From my statistics on my blog, you all seem to enjoy reading my travel blogs so I will make sure that every place I visit I will do a short blog post talking all about my trips. As you know working for an airline does allow you to travel a lot. I decided from this year I would make good use of this and explore more & more European cities. Last year it was Edinburgh, Liverpool and Amsterdam. This year so far I’ve done London, Paris, Berlin, Marbella and Lisbon. I’m dying to do Dubrovnik, Barcelona & Madrid (I want to get the really fast train and do both of these together) and Prague next. Look at the stunning view coming into Lisbon below.

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So my Lisbon trip was only for the weekend and personally it was loads of time to explore the city. The photo above is the view from our hotel balcony. You could maybe do 1 more night but two nights, three days would be loads. I had a few recommendations from friends and all didn’t disappoint at all. We got a taxi straight from the airport to our hotel which was only 20mins away. Be careful of this as a taxi should only cost you €15 MAX and we were charged €25 on the way to the hotel. On the way back, it was actually only €10 so there was some difference. We stayed in the beautiful Fonte Cruz Hotel on Avenida Liberdade. This avenue is amazing with gorgeous big trees right down the middle of the street. Either side there are stores like Prada, Gucci and Miu Miu were the people are so stylish. The street itself is very central. When we go to the hotel, we changed and headed straight out for a walk of the city. We walked for about 15mins through the narrow cobbled streets and I immediately fell in love. I’d never been to Lisbon but had heard amazing things so it certainly didn’t disappoint so far. The buildings were all so pretty. This is the hotel and street outside below.

 

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First stop was an amazing food hall that was recommended to us by Sean’s friend. It was the Time Out Market called Mercado da Ribeira. Time Out Market is the first market in the world where everything has been chosen, tasted and tested (with four or five stars, and not one star less) by an independent panel of city experts: Time Out’s own journalists and critics. More than 40 spaces with the leading representatives in all the food categories help make Lisbon what it is – and tastes – all together under one roof! We had the most amazing food there and the cocktails were divine. Leaving feeling a little bit tipsy, we headed for a walk along the river with stunning views of the 25th of April Bridge. Along the way we stopped for some more drinks and then headed for the main square in Lisbon called Praça do Comércio. Lisbon is the second oldest city in Europe and is actually older than Rome. We sat in the square and just people watched. It’s amazing sometimes to just sit back and look at how many different cultures & nationalities pass you by. The square was so beautiful and a must see when in Lisbon.

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That night it was dinner at a wine bar called By The Wine. I looked this up and saw lots of people raving about it so I wanted to visit. This is more of a tapas style place so if you are hungry I don’t recommend here. We were so full from our lunch still so it was perfect. The service in here was absolutely amazing and food was just delicious. After our meal we headed for the Skybar at the Tivoli Hotel. The bar itself is pretty funky and the cocktails were great but as far as Skybar’s go it wasn’t my favourite I’ve ever been to. There are a few more around the city but this one was close to our hotel so we figured we would go there. After a few drinks we decided to head back to the hotel to the residence bar. There we met three lovely American girls and stayed up chatting & drinking with them for ages. They we so lovely and after doing a trip of Europe. I was so jealous. I’m dying to go inter-railing through Europe.

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As we were only there for the weekend, we were trying to cram in as much as we could. Breakfast in the hotel and of we headed for a walk of the city. First stop today was the breathtakingly beautiful Church de Sao Roque. This is free to visit and WELL WORTH it. I sat in the church and just looked around thinking WOW!!!! It was just incredible. The detail on every corner and wall was just amazing. The next stop was our Medieval Segway tour. We thought we would do this one as it brings you to the other old part of Lisbon that we hadn’t saw the day previous. We spent most of our day yesterday exploring the new part/buildings of Lisbon. We done the Segway tour with a company called Lisbon By Segway. They are brilliant and the staff are just great. We had two lovely ladies bring us around the city and for €35 it was worth every cent. It says you will only be 1hr 30mins but we ended up being at least 3hrs which was fabulous as we really saw so much. This was recommended to me and I have to say we both said to each other that it was such a great way to explore a city. That brought us up to 5pm so we had dinner and back to the airport it was.

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Even though it was only one night two days, it was amazing to see so much in such a short space of time. I really did fall in love with the city and would definitely go back. I do think you could do it all in two nights three days though. What a gorgeous city and somewhere I already cannot wait to return.

Until next time Lisbon….

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Love Aoibhe xxx

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