In Love with Lisbon
Lisbon will forever remain one of my favorite places in the world. Something powerful pulled me in from the moment I stepped foot the city.
My hotel overlooked the gorgeous Praca de Figueira. Here, an old man told me I must visit A Brasileira, the famous cafe where Fernando Pessoa sat and wrote his poetry. So I found my way there. And ate bacalhau. And drank vinho verde. I watched couples stroll by. It was all so romantic, I was about to write poetry myself.
But I wanted more. So over the next few days I let myself go without a plan, making time for historical sites (Balem, Castle of Sao Jorge), but mostly allowing the city to take me where my senses belonged. Here are a few suggestions:
FADO in Alfama-- Find "Fado Alley" and suddenly you will be in a dark bar, shoulder to shoulder with locals who await random singers to appear and resume soulful lyrics of the current tune.
A VIDA PORTUGUESA-- Take a trip back to the early 20th century with iconic items including soaps, perfumes, kitchen tools, stationary, and tons more.
CONFEITARIA NACIONAL-- Indulge on baked goods at this small cafe that has been family-owned for five generations. The aromas are reason enough to go. Also- fashionable ladies who redefine old age. Me in 50 years? I hope so.
Obrigada, Lisboa. You have my heart.
(PHOTO: bairro Alfama)