Category: lisbon

COSTA DA CAPARICA

costa da caparica via au pays des merveilles

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.)

costa da caparica via au pays des merveilles

costa da caparica via au pays des merveilles

costa da caparica via au pays des merveillesall photos by me

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THE OTHER SIDE

the other side of the rio Tejo via au pays des merveilles

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.

(You can find photos of my first trip to Almada here and here.)

the other side of the rio Tejo via au pays des merveilles

the other side of the rio Tejo via au pays des merveilles

the other side of the rio Tejo via au pays des merveilles

the other side of the rio Tejo via au pays des merveilles

the other side of the rio Tejo via au pays des merveilles

the other side of the rio Tejo via au pays des merveilles

the other side of the rio Tejo via au pays des merveilles

the other side of the rio Tejo via au pays des merveilles

the other side of the rio Tejo via au pays des merveilles

the other side of the rio Tejo via au pays des merveillesall photos by me

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FLOWER POWER

flower power, lisbon, via au pays des merveilles

At Flower Power in Lisbon (calçada do combro 2), you can eat and drink between the most gorgeous flower arrangements – not so suprising since this café / restaurant is part of a flower shop.  Both the beautiful decorations and the artwork changes regularly, so you’ll never be bored if you come to this place regularly.  Oh and the food is pretty good too, so you don’t have to come here only for the wonderful interior and the view at the famous elevador da bica right across the street.

flower power, lisbon, via au pays des merveilles

flower power, lisbon, via au pays des merveillesall photos by me

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CAFÉ TATI

café tati, lisboa, via au pays des merveilles

Since this little café in Lisbon was close to my home and on the way between my apartment and the metro to the university, this was my go to place to work on my thesis (or the blog, because yes, this place has free wifi) while enjoying a cup of (cheap!) coffee and the company of likeminded friends.  But Café Tati has more to offer than free wifi and a cosy interior, they also have an extensive book collection and if you keep an eye on their facebook page, you’ll notice they regularly organize jazz concerts, which are tested and approved by yours truly.  The food is very tasty and affordable as well, so if you’re in Lisbon, I recommend you to enjoy at least one drink here.  (Rua da Ribeira nova 36)

café tati, lisboa, via au pays des merveilles

café tati, lisboa, via au pays des merveilles

café tati, lisboa, via au pays des merveilles

café tati, lisboa, via au pays des merveilles

café tati, lisboa, via au pays des merveilles

café tati, lisboa, via au pays des merveillesall photos by me

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PRIMEIRO ANDAR

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When you take the small candle lit corridor that leads you to this hidden gem, you will find an indoor basket court and next to it, the entrance to Primeiro Andar (Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, nº110 in Lisbon).  With it’s cosy sofa’s and occasional concerts, you’ll find yourself right at home here.  For more Lisbon tips, take a look here.

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