OK, those of you who follow me on Instagram know I was in Lisbon back in spring. This post is really (like really) delayed. However, in the meantime life happened and I just had no time to write my destination posts. Those are the ones that take me the longest, as I try to make them as useful as possible and give you a glimpse of travel through my lens.

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Going back to Sofitel
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Alfama

Back on topic – Lisbon. It was my first time in Portugal. I think what surprised me is that the mentality and culture are quiet different to Spain. I found Portugal a little bitΒ more closed off and serious, compared to its neighbour. Nevertheless, extremely beautiful.

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Can you imagine hanging out here?

The national tiles are everywhere and are called Azulejo. The original concept stems from the Arab influence in the area, and the blue and white colours dominated. King Manuel I introduced them as a proper form of artwork. More colours got added, and even until today the tiles are used to tell the story of the building, as designs progressed and became more complex.

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The cat with the best backdrop?
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Whole buildings are tiled

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Let’s talk block colours

I spent most of my time in Alfama, as I think I photographed every building and door there. To be honest, it is the best part to hang out in. I stayed in 2 different hotels, experiencing the business district and the centre in Dom Pedro and Sofitel respectively. I would definitely recommend Sofitel if you are in town.

Below is a visual guide to my Lisbon experience, and primarily Alfama:

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Alfame doors and tiles
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A lot of personality within the bars and coffee shops
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Haircut anyone?
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Those ‘holes in the wall’
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In my recent Instagram pole, you voted 13 to be lucky. here is one very lucky door
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This corner just felt like it had loads of stories to tell
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More #doorporn and #tileporn
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Matching the laundry to the door
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I enjoyed getting lost in the small streets

Must visits in Lisbon, apart from Alfama:

You need to visit Timeout market when you go to Lisbon. It is a food hall but pretty good food.

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Timeout market
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Jamon anyone?

You need to ride the tram.

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The tram

I would also recommend hiring a rickshaw and going around town this way, the guys are super friendly and it is worth it, to see everything you need to see.

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Not posing, totally posing
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The best view over the bridge was provided to us by our rickshaw driver
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Top of Alfama

Visit Giallo ice cream when in Lisbon, it is right opposite the Fado Museum. Best gellatto in town, free wifi and the coolest interior.

You need to buy some sardines, doh πŸ™‚

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Sardines

Lisbon does not have a beach but Cascais is super close by, it costs either 30 Eur by taxi or about 6 Eur by train.

This book store.

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The door, clock, books combo just made me fall in love

I hope you enjoyed my brief tour of Lisbon x

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