As promised, I have a quick post to share from Lisbon, Portugal. We’re in the middle of our week long visit here, so this is going to be short, mostly because we have dinner reservations in a few hours and I’m always looking forward to my next meal–especially when traveling!
We flew down from Stuttgart on Monday; it’s just under 3 hours and a direct flight. Our wonderful friends, Scott and Becky, joined us from North Carolina. Their flight was obviously MUCH longer, and by the time we arrived at our AirBnb, they had already had a quick nap to counteract the jet lag.
We scheduled a lot of tours and activities for the week and have already done some really fun things. We started our trip with a sunset sailboat cruise on the Tejo river so we could see Lisbon from the water. We had a few sprinkles of rain but that meant we also had a rainbow!
Yesterday we spent doing a walking tour of Lisboa (as it’s spelled in Portuguese) and discovering the city with all of its beautiful tiled homes and amazing food and drinks.
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in western Europe (think Celts, Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths, Moors, etc). Apparently they’re forever finding ancient ruins when they’re trying to do construction, which isn’t surprising if you think about how many civilizations have built on top of each other.
I love taking pictures of doorways and the ones in Lisbon do not disappoint.
Last night we took a cooking class and made a three course traditional Portuguese dinner; it was delicious and we really enjoyed meeting the four other people in our group (all were Americans) as well as our talented local chefs.
Today we took a guided tour out to Fatima, which seemed appropriate during Holy Week.
It’s about an hour outside of the city and the countryside is lovely, with olive trees and wineyards everywhere.
Also, for my southern friends, wisteria is truly everywhere.
Tomorrow we’re off to wine country. My impression so far is that Portuguese wines are delicious and inexpensive. Don’t tell Germany, but I like the wines here better!
I’ll share more next week once we’re back in Stuttgart and not busy running off to our next meal or drink.
Have a blessed Resurrection Day, and I’ll be back next Tuesday.
Thanks for stopping by.