Travel Diary: Lisbon, Portugal Part I

2:00 PM

Mackenzie and I fulfilled our year's resolution of travelling to Europe together! We returned on Monday evening from a 10-day trip to Germany, Belgium, and Portugal. Pretty cool, right? We visited Hannie in Köln first, then took a couple of day trips with her and Milan to Antwerp and Bruges, then it was on to Porto + Lisbon for 5 days.

Here are a few snapshots from Lisbon:

What amazed us about Portugal was the amount of tile that lined the buildings. I could see someone lining a building in New York City with tile as an art statement for novelty, but the tile in the cities was widespread in every single neighborhood. The most amazing part about the tiles is that they are all hand-painted.

This was a beautiful building that had been renovated to accommodate shops/bars/restaurants that were more design-forward. Neighborhood: Principe Real

Neighborhood: Principe Real

Mknz and I decided that when we return to Lisbon someday we'll stay in this neighborhood. It's centered around a beautiful park, feels more open than the city centers, and the buildings are super clean and pretty!

My beautiful friend Maria! She was our tour guide, drinking buddy, and chauffeur in Lisbon! Here we are in front of an incredible vintage shop where the owner sources everything from Northern Portugal and Spain.

In Belem

This place was our morning go-to for Pasteis de Nata and espresso!

In Principe Real looking down towards the riverfront. Lisbon is definitely walkable, but it's not an easy stroll - the whole city winds up from the waterfront on cobbled hills!

Mknz, Pedro, and Maria. Pedro and Maria took us to this place called "The Park" that was hidden away on top of a parking garage and is considered a sort of locals-only spot. We had a fun time explaining to them the American word "speakeasy".

Petiscos - Portuguese's version of tapas. Lots of shared plates and delicious bites. Prawns and olives forever!

I loved this night. After exploring town, Mknz and I went to Taberna da Rua Flores for an incredible meal and wine. Here we were waiting for our table and drinking some Portuguese IPAs on the street.

Stay tuned for more!



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