Olá Lisbon!

First touch Portugal and what a pleasant surprise!

Olá Lisbon! is an introduction to my trip to Lisbon (Lisboa), followed by “Lisbon in One Day”, “Modern Lisbon – Parque das Nações” and “Sintra – Palaces and Mysteries”.

Flying TAP

Never mind the eight hours TAP flight from Toronto to Lisbon was in a very dated Airbus A330 airplane, with no entertainment at board, no reclining seats and more… It was a memorable day for soccer Portuguese fans, June 15, 2018: the big game between Portugal and Spain. When I heard a scream, I didn’t know what happened until the pilot announced 1-0 for Portugal, goal by Ronaldo – followed by other two and three equalizers by Spain. Ecstasy and misery… And of course, Ronaldo was featured prominently on the in-flight magazine.

The food on the airplane was very good, with plenty of Portuguese wine! And the Latin spirit was present, with unruly passengers and chatty flight attendants.

To be fair, the return flight from Lisbon to Toronto was in a new, modern aircraft with all the expected amenities at board. For the price, TAP is a good way to enter Europe coming from Canada.

First Afternoon in Lisbon

After leaving my luggage at the airport baggage storage area, I stopped at “Padaria Lisboa” for coffee and bakery, before taking the subway to the hotel.

Padaria Lisboa croissant

Padaria Lisboa croissant

Padaria Lisboa bakery

Bakery

São Sebastião station - Lisbon Metro

São Sebastião station

Hotel Alicante

Two stars hotel is good enough for a solo traveller. Hotel Alicante in Lisbon was the best choice, but using Google Maps it wasn’t. It took me some time to navigate the convoluted streets until I found the hotel.

Hotel Alicante - Lisbon

Hotel Alicante – Lisbon

It was a Saturday and the streets were deserted, so tranquil for a capital city. I still had time in the afternoon for a stroll to the Marquis of Pombal Square and getting lost through the narrow neighbourhood streets of Baixa. No map, no target set, just freedom of discovery!

Lisbon

Lisbon

Door ornament

Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon

Marquis of Pombal Square

Marquis of Pombal Square

Mascots

The day ended with an all Portuguese dinner in the room: cheese, salami, bread and wine bought from a nearby convenience store. Everything is so delicious and cheap!

  • More stories to come: “Lisbon in One Day”, “Modern Lisbon – Parque das Nações” and “Sintra – Palaces and Mysteries”.

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