Although I had this amazing holiday last year, I enjoyed it so much I was dying to talk about it on my blog. Instead I told everyone at work that would listen, still do.
Let me set the scene for you; all the way back in May, me and a group of my friends were determined to go on holiday together. Mostly because one of my friends was like “I need to go on holiday for my birthday! You, you and you are joining me!” the only thing to say to a request like that is “for how long, and where are we going!” like I was every going to say no!
I was desperate for a holiday! The last holiday that I remember going on before this was Thailand and that was years ago . . . and it was more an extended version of shopping in Bluewater, with stunning weather and great food. I needed a nice, relaxing, sipping fruity alcoholic beverages with great views (I’m talking about views of a hot lifeguard or 2, not the ocean view) and a pile of books to enjoy . . . this was not that kind of holiday.
Why was this not that kind of holiday? I hear you wonder. Well I might have . . . kinda . . . forgotten to mention that two of my other friends that come along, like to go on holidays a lot . . . and when I say a lot, I mean, they make 90% of the UK population look lazy! They go on holiday at least 8 times a year(that is a really rough guess, I’m pretty sure it is a lot more). Usually European trips, over an extended weekend, but they have been to many countries that Easyjet seem to have never heard of.
So the idea of relaxing . . . was just that . . . an idea.
They had plans that I had no idea about. With them, it about seeing, visiting, tasting, looking at as much as possible in 3-4 days.
Literally; we landed, got to the hotel. Changed shoes. Freshened up. And left for the first look around the local area and a trip to the closet tourist spots.
I was looking forward to putting my feet up and enjoying the air con for a couple of hours. But this was not one of those holiday.
The first thing I noticed about Lisbon; was the heat . . . it was HOT! Like 30 degrees plus, all day. In the morning it was around 26-28 degrees . . . in the morning! I have no shame in saying that we left the air con in the room on all night while we slept. That kind of HOT!
The Hotel that we stayed in was Pensao Londres, and it was so cute, a great location and walking distance to plenty of bars, restaurants and transport links. And the views from the room were breathtaking.
Just from walking around the area of the view were beautiful. I could have stood at this spot all day and never gotten bored.
There was SO much to see; Lisbon is just filled with so much history and I was in my element. I love history and to get to see all of these stunning castles and landmarks was more the worth not putting the feet up for 3 hours. I knew I would never get bored.
We went to the Belém Tower (Torre de Belém) which is this stunning tower built in the 17th century. It is huge in person, and has plenty of steps that lead to gorgeous view of the sea and the land.
To be honest, it was hard to not find a landmark that didn’t have stunning view. We had to work for all of them though. Those hill/steps were everywhere, but so worth it.
Jeronimos Monastery was one of the first sights that we went to, and it is stunning. I can honestly say that I have never been to a bigger Monastery . . . okay this might have been the first one. But if I was to go to any other, they would have a lot to live up to.
The São Jorge Castle (Castelo de São Jorge) was one of the last locations we went to on our holiday. This castle was built in the medieval high on a hill, again with stunning views. We could even see castles that we had visited earlier in the week from here. biggest highlight of the day . . . We saw Peacocks !!!
There was two trips in the holiday that were my favorite of the whole trip; the first was a short comfortable train journey to Sintra. And then . . . the bus journey to Pena Palace. The journey alone . . . up those hills. I was a bit worried, I was so certain that the bus would scrape a car down the huge steep hill. But when we eventually got to the Pena Palace, it was beyond stunning. I wish that we had paid extra to go inside, but I will be honest; money was running low. But it is not one of the 7 wonders of Portugal for nothing. Construction for the palace is said to have started in The Middle Ages, and was used for the royal family for centuries. I want to visit it again, so badly. It is completely stunning also with beautiful views . . . loved it.
The second trip that I loved, was a visit to the Amorino Gelato Lisbon, a desert restaurant like no other I have been too. The images speak for them selves, but I will just say, delicious, beauty and . . . I went back for seconds. Also, there are branched in London!!!
What else can I say about Lisbon . . . honestly . . . I wish I could move there, I am so in love with the city. I plan to visit Lisbon a lot more, I feel like there is so much that I didn’t even get a chance to see, learn about and enjoy.