Relaxing in Lisbon Like a Local

Being in Lisbon was a breath of fresh air! Portugal’s capital was warm and sunny in many ways, and the contrast after being in Paris was remarkable.

Just walking around at night, and grabbing pizza (lazy dinner on first night) felt safe.

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I picked an apartment up the hill in Belem, away from the main tourist areas, which was a great plan.

It was quiet and what a view!

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The “touristy sites” in Lisbon looked busy… like “The Elevator” and “Belem Tower”, so everything I saw in Lisbon was just on the local bus and on foot.

The local bus was very frequent and the tap-on-tap off system was perfect.  I spent EUR10 on credit and it lasted me the 6 days in Lisbon.

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Av de Liberdade

Monumento dos Restauradores

The monument was designed by António Tomás da Fonseca and erected in 1886.  It memorializes the victory of the Portuguese Restoration War. The war, which saw the end of the House of Habsburg and the rise of the House of Braganza, was lasted from 1640 to 1668.

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Monumento aos Mortos da Grande Guerra

By Maximiliano Alves and Rebelo de Andrade, the Monument to the Dead of World War dated 1923. It honors the Portuguese combatants in the First World War.

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Loved finding a band playing rock music on Av da Liberdade.

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Castelo de S. Jorge

View to the Castle…

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Fundação Salesianos

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Belem

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Jardim Afonso de Albuquerque, Belem

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Jerónimos Monastery, Belem

Founded in 1501, the magnificent Jerónimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) in Lisbon is a great monument to the Age of Discovery and a magnificent example of the Manueline style of architecture. The monastery was founded by King Manuel I in celebration of – and funded by – successful Portuguese voyages around the world.

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Teatro Nacional D. Maria II

The theatre was built on the north side of Rossio square on the site of the old Estaus Palace, built around 1450 as a lodging for foreign dignitaries and noblemen visiting Lisbon. In the 16th century, when the Inquisition was installed in Portugal, the Estaus Palace became the seat of the Inquisition. The palace survived the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, but was destroyed by fire in 1836.

Thanks to the intensive efforts of Romantic poet and dramatist Almeida Garrett, it was decided to replace the old palace by a modern theatre, dedicated to Queen Mary II of Portugal. The building was constructed between 1842 and 1846 to a Neoclassical design by Italian architect Fortunato Lodi.

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Santa Justa Lift

The Elevador de Santa Justa (Santa Justa Lift) is a beautifully crafted elevator that transports passengers from the Baixa district up to the ruins of the Igreja do Carmo church. The Elevador de Santa Justa is an industrial-age marvel, with the outer ironwork structure forming glorious neo-gothic arches, while inside two sumptuous polished wood carriages whisk passengers up in style.

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Fabrica Coffee Roasters

Lastly, good coffee. Delicious…

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Loved Lisbon.


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