“Lisbon, the most beautiful capital city of Europe!” – “Ooh, Lisbon.” Love to be there. I like. Unmistakably, the houses of Lisbon!
What went down as comments & “likes” on my pictures in Instagram, Facebook & Co. alone is really quite something. Like Portugal, and Lisbon itself! “I love my city”, Pedro tells us who we meet rather spontaneously at a folk festival in the Barrio Alfama near the famous Placa do Comercio in Lisbon. He says this with a wink in his eye as well as a true sense of pride: Fascinated, we listen to his stories while fresh fried sardines, Chorizou sausage, bread, salad and white wine are served to us. Pedro, head of the University Library of Lisbon, a very educated man, opens up “the soul of Portugal” over dinner on the streets of Lisbon with us. Next time, we are invited to visit him in Lisbon, while he too is already planning a trip to Vienna. Happy to have made such a unique chance encounter, we indulge in the philosophy of travelling, celebrating the “lightness of being”. My brother Julian, his girlfriend Christine and her friend Fanny are my travel companions for this week here in Portugal. For surfing. And a music festival we want to visit in the city of Porto. “I want to go to the Lisbon Oceanarium“, Christine calls immediately after our arrival in Portugal. “Let’s take one of the old trams. Sit down in a cute little street cafe. Go shopping. I need some new shoes!” Julian congratulates himself on travelling with “his girls”, I am sure.
Lisbon, here we come! First, however, we recommend you head out to the coast around the picturesque town of Nazaré. It is absolutely amazing there.
Magical landscape cinema, a fascinating display of colours, massive rock formations and a view seeming to stretch forever. Check out the small tapas bar “8 do 80” in the even smaller fishing town of Nazaré, where the biggest recorded wave in the whole world was surfed only recently, well over 100 feet high. Check this out.
Lisbon is a great city that was built on many hills and has a lot of flair to offer. “Put on some good shoes”, is what we hear in terms of advice before visiting the city. Almost everywhere, the original (slippery) cobblestone has been maintained, and sturdy footwear is worth your while when walking through the many romantic streets of the city districts of Lisbon. From the Castelo de San Jorge, the view extends far beyond the river Tejo and the hills of the city. We stop for a beer or two, then continue … what a beautiful day.
Those looking to cool down are warmly recommend to visit the “Oceanarium” Maritime Museum of Lisbon. How fortunate we are that Christine has expressed her love for animals just in time, and made the decision for us to visit this unique underwater world! I have rarely watched such a variety of marine animals, birds and amphibians in one single space. The penguins have even reminded me of my trip to Patagonia, the sharks of Western Australia and the sea otter somehow … of home! An exciting mixture. Here, it is definitely worth you take “the plunge”!