finally spent some time in lisbon by choice and loved it. cobblestone streets, cafes and restaurants with sidewalk seating, tram cars, street art, hanging laundry and old castles.
stayed at the hotel avenida palace (an old palace converted to a hotel), which is perfectly located in the center of the city. we were able to walk everywhere. we rode the #28 trolley car which takes you all around the old part of lisbon. an incredible way to see all the architecture, old buildings and narrow streets, and get a sense of the area. had bicas (espresso) at several famous lisbon cafes: pastelaria suica, a brasileira, and cafe nicola. gelato at a historic spot called santini. spent an evening at the incredible clube de fado. and enjoyed dinner on our last night at a sidewalk table on calcada do duque in the bario alto.
the nightlife is like nothing i’ve ever seen before. seriously. chiado and the bario alto are the heart of the party and the bars serve drinks in plastic containers so you can spill into the streets going bar to bar, or just taking it all in. the small cobblestone side streets are completely filled with people, laughing, dancing and drinking. i can’t wait until my next trip to portugal so i can spend more time exploring lisbon.