Welcome back to Travel Tuesday! This week I'll be sharing picture from my time in Lisbon, Portugal. I have way, way more pictures from Portugal than any other country/city we visited, and the main reason for that is how safe I felt there. I didn't feel like somebody was going to snatch my phone out of my hands and run away, so I carried it with me a took a zillion pictures, something I'm very glad for now.
I also think that out of all the cities I visited, Lisbon gave me the best cultural experience. This is largely due to the fact that we stayed at an incredible hostel, the owner of which would sit down with travelers every morning and help them plan their day. He drew us maps, told us where to go, told us to 'get lost and find your way back', and was just the most helpful person I encountered on the whole trip. If you're traveling to Lisbon, I highly recommend the Travelers House. - it was the best hostel I've stayed at so far!
The first night we were there the hostel had a traditional Portuguese food night, where they cooked sausages and served cheese and bread native to Portugal. Blood Sausage was on the menu, and you better believe I tried it all! We made quite a few friends the very first night, which was great. The first couple days we spent exploring Lisbon and Belim, where we visited Belim Tower and the best custard tart place ever (or so we're told. I had never had a custard tart before, but it was certainly delicious!). We had a lot of recommendations from the hostel, so we made sure to visit as much as we could.
We took a day trip to Sintra, a city west of Lisbon, that is home to a few really neat castles and Palaces. The tour took us to three different places, lunch, the beach, and a point that is the most western spot in all of Europe. We joked that we could see Canada and my sister said "really!?". We made fun of her for a while for that. I remember us trying several times to get the shot below, and another tourist gave us a big lecture about how dangerous we were being. The wall was all of two feet high so we continued with our quest to get the perfect shot. Totally worth it.
In case you couldn't tell, my sister and I are huge food lovers and we really liked trying local food. We ordered crab and sardines and when they brought it out, we had zero clue how to eat it. I remember watching the people next to us, who thankfully ordered the same thing. We figured it out though, as you can see!
Our last day in Lisbon we went to the Aquarium, which was pretty incredible. I remember waiting a long time for that turtle to come along! We had an awesome time in Lisbon, and I highly recommend going! My parents are actually there right now for vacation (I drove them to the airport....twice, because their flight was cancelled!). Next week I'll be talking about our next stop, which was Lagos, in the Algarve region of Portugal! Thanks so much for reading!
All images (c) Jessica Hobin, unless otherwise stated.