Escape to Lisbon

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Winter in Belgium has been droopy and grey until now. Not really cold enough to enjoy the perks of winter (= wriggling your toes in front of a blazing fire and drinking hot coco all day) but not really warm enough to enjoy sticking your nose outside the door. Luckily enough, me and my sister both had some spare time on hands, so we decided to skip winter all together for the week. Our escape destination? Lisbon!

We left early on Thursday and arrived before noon. After taking a moment to grin at each other when we saw that there was sun (actual sun!), we dropped our bags at our Guesthouse (which we can certainly recommend!) and immediately went off to explore the city.

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

We walked next to each other, pointing out all the pretty houses, buildings and monuments. Lisbon is all about tiles, which made the houses all the more special and detailed.

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

Soon, we stumbled upon the sweetest ❤️ LOVE sign, which we happily used as photoshoot material.

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

Giving extra attention to the letter ‘E’, as a tribute to our family name.

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

After picking out our favourite lock, we continued our walk.

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

We walked all the way to the center of the old city and arrived at Praça do Comércio, where we were greeted by the statue of  Dom José I de Portugal, one of Portugal’s former kings, who was overlooking the ocean.

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As soon as we glimpsed the ocean, we settled ourselves on the pier to soak in the sunlight, for a highly needed vitamin D injection. We silently enjoyed the rays of sun, until we could no longer ignore our rumbling tummies. Which we of course took care off in style!

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Extremely delicious juices. Mine (the red one) contained lime juice, fresh strawberries and basil.

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

A fish burger for my sister and fish cakes plus chicken wings pour moi. Especially the fish burger was good, my sister still raved about it days after 😂.

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

Finger-lickingly delicious!

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We decided to walk off our lunch by going to San Jorge’s castle, which overlooks the city from one of it’s seven mountains. On the way there, we again got treated to amazing views over the city and spectacular tiled houses.

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

But the view from the castle’s courtyard was the most jawdropping. You could see the whole city, bathing in sunlight.

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

Me, pretending to be a princess.

 And the real princesses also appeared after a while:

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Of course, we professionally divided our time between exploring the castle and napping in the sun. 👌

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Soon, our faces had a red glow. When the sun finally set, we went back to our hostel and did the proper check-in ritual. I eagerly tossed my unflattering airplane-outfit (joggings all the way 😬) and changed into something more suitable for dinner.

Dinner was served at da prata 52, a little gem of a restaurant we spotted on Tripadvisor. The food was simple, local and extremely delicious. The dishes didn’t sound all that special, but they felt like little taste explosions in our mouths.

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We ordered mainly seafood, but also a mushroom-tapa, based on the waiter’s recommendations. It was amazing!

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The most delicious mushroom dish I ever ate

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

Blog - Meeting Lisbon - http://www.thisisb.be

Bacalhau with potatoes

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Prawns in garlic sauce

The wine was excellent as well, so if you ever go to Lisbon, make sure this restaurant is on the list!
And that was the end of our first day in Lisbon. After dinner, we took the metro back to our room and almost immediately passed out on the bed. But it didn’t mean the end of our city-trip of course. Next Wednesday, I’ll be posting some more about Lisbon, and maybe i’ll even sneak in a post in between. There’s just so many pictures!

Have you ever been to Lisbon?

xx B

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