Trip to Lisbon – Day 4

Day 4

After a terrible night and a even worst morning I decided to finally do some sightseeing in Lisbon itself. The plan was to walk those old streets up to the castle, then walk everything down to the river, and stop by any landmark on the way.

Lisbon Castle

São Jorge Castle, Lisbon

My head felt like it was holding a wardrobe and all my muscles hurt, except my feet, because I could not feel them. I entered a cafeteria, ordered an espresso and a pastel the nata, and couldn’t help but notice a foreign girl across the room having the exact same thing. “In Rome be Roman” I thought to myself.

Pastel de nata

The breakfast of champions

That breakfast made me feel better but I was not quite there, so half the way to the castle I had to make another stop, this time for a beer. And you know what? That beer really hit the spot. I felt like Super Mario after eating a star. I was sitting outside having god’s drink when I saw that same foreign girl walking up the street. She passed by and I discretely checked her rear attributes by fully turning me head around. When I turned back again I saw the waiter smiling at me, nodding, like he was saying “Yeap, I saw that too.” I picked my stuff and continued my journey, but not before having another beer. Another sweet cold beer.

Super Mario's Star

Super Mario star

I got to be honest, my orientation skills are not my best quality, and on my way to the castle I got lost, finding myself on a viewpoint square I had been before. I could see the castle across the valley, which meant I would only have to walk everything down and up again. Luckily there was a bar with an esplanade and a funny band playing outside. So I stayed there a little bit, enjoying the sun, the view, the band, and another Super Mario star.

I hit the road and as I was going down I saw that foreign girl again, walking up the street. “This is odd”, I thought to myself. So, after going all the streets down and up again, I lost myself. Again. This time finding myself on an empty street. Seriously, an empty street right in the middle of Lisbon, and no one in sight to ask for directions. I was wondering when exactly had I passed the dimensional portal, when I saw her yet again. That very same foreigner girl I’ve been encountering all day was walking up the road straight in my direction, and I thought to myself “My God, she walked through the dimensional portal too!” Her hazel hair danced with the wind, and beneath I saw her light coloured eyes looking straight at me. She recognised me. I waited for her to get close, and asked her what any other guy would ask in the same situation: “Are you following me?”

Luckily she had a good sense of humour, and we ended up seeing the castle together. The place was huge, and lordly, totally worth those long kilometres I did on foot. There are endless corridors on the walls, cannons, old ruins, and a nice garden where you can find one of the most beautiful view of Lisbon. Highly recommended.

Cannons - Lisbon Castle

I wished I had powder with me

What was the most important thing I learned that day? If you decide to visit Lisbon on foot, always carry sunscreen, otherwise you will look like a lobster at the end of the day.

Trip to Lisbon – Day 3

I had already written everything about my trip to Lisbon, but somehow WordPress managed to lost my articles. Some might say it was my fault, but I always prefer to blame the equipment. So here I find myself writing it all over again.

Day 3

On day 3 we went to Cascais. It’s a sort of Beverly Hills for people who live in Lisbon.Cascais

Here is what you can expect from Cascais: palm trees, sun, palm trees, beach, palm trees, sea breeze, palm trees, boats, palm trees, expensive cars, palm trees, topless girls, and once in a while you might encounter a couple of palm trees.

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The designated rally driver toke us through Cabo da Rocathe beautiful landscape of Sintra on the way to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in continental Europe. It’s a bit windy there. And after that we stopped by Ericeira, a well known place among the surfing community. There we had a taste of hard life, with some couches and beers. Mmmmmmm sweet cold beers.

At night we decided to explore the night life in the capital, by going up and down the narrow streets of Bairro Alto. Never thought getting drunk could be so exhausting.

Ericeira

Trip to Lisbon – Day 1

Lisbon TramI am Portuguese and I’ve never seen Lisbon until last week. I spent five days in the capital, and I’m going to write a post for each day.

Day 1

The first day was pretty uneventful. I decided to go to Lisbon by bus because there was no way I was going to take my car into that chaotic mess they call traffic. I arrived during the afternoon, and had a friend waiting for me at the station who helped me figure out how to use the urban transports.

Later I hooked up with some other friends, one of which had a car, and she drove us for dinner to an awesome market. Trust me, there is nothing as hot as watching a Portuguese girl rampaging through the streets of Lisbon in a 16v VW with one hand on the steering and other on the gear shaft.

Later that night I decided to go out for a beer in the most famous place in Lisbon for this purpose: the Bairro Alto. It is basically a maze of narrow streets full of pubs. I met a friendly group of Italians and we spent the night “sharing” our cultures.

Right next to Bairro Alto there is a wonderful viewpoint where you can see the whole city. We stayed there for a while beholding that magnificent sight. I felt butterflies in my stomach while imagining how it would be to walk those historical streets during the next day.

But the next day was holding some surprises…

Miradouro Sao Pedro Alcantara