This is it, my ultimate guide to Lisbon! (Finally, I’ve been back for over half a year from my five month erasmus in this wonderful city…) Every tip links back to the post(s) I orginally wrote about it or their website if I didn’t. I also added some places that I didn’t photograph, just to make sure you don’t miss out on anything. If you’re wondering how a semi-local twenty-something spends her time in Lisbon, this is it!
(Oh and I appologise for my awful handwriting: I got myself a pen tablet to battle rsi and to save myself time from always writing things out on paper and scanning them, but obviously I still need some practice. Hopefully soon you won’t be able to notice the difference between my handwriting on paper and with the tablet! )
One thing I was really looking forward to during my trip to Lisbon, was visiting the cinema on the rooftop again. After I discovered this wonderful place, I made a habit of going every week to have a cheap vegetarian diner with a great view over the city, watch a free movie, catch up with my friends and meet new people. Unfortunately school (and the cold weather) got in the way and by the end of my 5 months in Lisbon, it had been weeks, if not months, since the last time I was there, so this was definitely on my list when I came back to Lisbon for a week. Unfortunately, the weekly event changed from cinema la em cima, on the rooftop of an apartment building, to cinema la em baixo, in RDA69. (Here you can also get your bike repaired and on Sunday they serve delicious pizzas for only 2 euros.) Since it was way too hot to sit inside, we had our delicious meal on the streets. Despite the change of location the atmosphere and the people are still amazing, and as usual I ran into some familiar faces. Definitely a must-go if you’re ever in the city! You can find more info about the cinema here.
Because it was so hot while I was in Lisbon, I spent most of my days in the park or on the beach, reading, taking a nap or having a picnic with some friends. These are some photos of an afternoon with my friend Lisa and her friends from faculty at Jardim da Estrela. We brought the slack line and a guitar and enjoyed the beautiful park. (Including the crazy guy riding around on his bike with his stereo blasting…) Going through these photos while I’m studying makes me miss these carefree days even more…
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all photos taken with a diana f+ by me
My week in Lisbon was spent catching up with old friends while having lunch at a roof terrace, eating ice cream in the park and chilling and dancing at out jazz. I enjoyed well known places that I missed and discovered new ones that popped up or even just by looking at the city with new eyes and paying more attention while wandering around. I made a trip to the beautiful beach of Palmela to get some rest from the tourist flooded city and complained about the heat (40 degrees, yes) a lot. As you can imagine, it was great to be back in the city that feels like my second home. This wasn’t my last return for sure! (For those of you who are new to the blog, I lived in Lisbon for 5 months thanks to the erasmus program. You can find my blogposts on my amazing time in Portugal here.)
Sadly, these are the last photos of Lisbon I have left to share with you… The only post, reminding of my 5 month Erasmus in this wonderful city, that I have yet to prepare for you, is an overview of all the amazing places I have discovered there. The emails I’ve been getting from you, tell me that this would be very helpful! (Although I’m still happy to share my thoughts and tips via email with you, so don’t be shy.) Anyway, these photos are from the time the lovely people from Existenz (I used to be one of them, 2 years ago) spent in Lisbon, while travelling through Portugal. I sacrificed one precious day of my last 2 weeks in this city to show them around (with the help of a friend who has some tour guide experience) and take them to my favorite places in the city. Here you see glimpses of Igreja do Carmo (or at least it’s floor), Alfama and the breathtaking view from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed for more Lisbon photos on this blog in the near future. Nothing could make me happier than going back!
My friend’s last day in Portugal (sadly he had to go back to Belgium too, but I was smart enough to book my flight one week later) was spent doing what he loved the most: surfing at costa da caparica. It was the first time I went to this surfer’s beach (quite the trip as well with all the public transport problems we had) and it was really calm that day. Not the best day for surfing (which I can’t, unless you give me a board with a sail and some wind), but the view was beau-ti-ful. I still can’t get over how beautiful and fascinating the ocean is, and I wish I’d live closer to the sea here in Belgium. (Although it probably takes as long to get from Lisbon to the ocean as from my side of Belgium to the coast due to the slow trains in Lisbon, but it felt different, it felt like you were constantly aware of how close it was.)
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Twice I ventured to the other side of the rio Tejo, this time for a friends’ goodbye party. Naturally this went together with a picnic in one of the old ruins, accompanied by lots of live music (both on real and improvised instruments found along the road), cheap wine, a gorgeous view on Lisbon and a breathtaking sunset over the Tejo. How I miss my beautiful city and my beautiful friends.
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