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Lisbon. In winter. With baby. Travel tips & photos that will have you pack your bags!


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3 January, 2020. Liam is but seven months old. And about to board the first plane of his life. To Lisbon. A decision of his parents. Well. His mum, really. And why? Well, why not! “Do you really have to travel with such a small baby?”, some may ask. Of course, you don’t have to. You can. And we have a baby that is happy everywhere we are. Who likes to be open and smile at the world each and every day (wonder where he got that from 😉 ). Smile at the world with his one and a half teeth. Oooh, those teeth … but back to what I was saying.

Reisefamilie in Lissabon: Blick vom Castelo Sao Jorge.

Travel family in Lisbon: View from Castelo Sao Jorge above the old town at our feet.

 

I just love Lisbon (and Portugal in general). If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you will know about my passion for Portuguese people, the food, the language, the weather …

… and quickly, the decision was made to take baby Liam and Daddy Georg on their first flight to Lisbon. High up above the clouds is where I finally came to relax a little: Believe it or not, despite being an experienced traveller, I was nervous about my first flight with my own baby on board!

Hoch über den Wolken: Liam spielt sich in seinem Flugsitz zwischen uns.

High up above the world: Liam rolling around in his airplane seat, preferably playing with “toys” that are not his – such as daddy’s bookmark, for instance.

 

I will write another article soon about how it really is to travel with a baby (like, “behind the scenes” honesty). You may read on here if you are interested in our packing list for a first flight trip with baby. Let’s now focus on what I have to share about Lisbon and our experiences there.

Lissabon im Winter ...

Lisbon during winter …

 

... ist so richtig gemütlich: Die Menschen auf der Straße und im Park ...

… is really cosy (it does not get very cold, as you can see): People in the park are a typical image of Southern Europe to me …

 

... wir schlagen mitten im Zentrum der Stadt auf ...

… arriving in the city, we first start exploring from downtown Praça da Figueira …

 

... sehen, dass auf den berühmten Lift Santa Justa leider zu viele Menschen warten, um sich mit einem kleinen Baby anzustellen ...

… discover that the famous lift, Ascensor Santa Justa, has a queue too long for standing in line with a baby …

 

... spazieren weiter bis zur berühmten Praça do Comércio, am Flussufer des Tejo an dem es bereits nach Meer riecht (endlich Meer!) ...

… so instead, we walk towards the famous Praça do Comércio, by the river Tejo, where I can already smell the sea (finally, the sea!) …

 

... und treffen natürlich gleich mal liebe Freunde von mir, Patricia Canejo und ihre Familie, die das Reiseunternehmen Singulartrips leitet und uns alle zu sich nach Hause einlädt (für Liam gibt es neben dem berühmten Caldo Verde eine köstliche, hausgemachte Gemüsesuppe, von der er noch ein paar Tage lang zehrt : Muito obrigada, Patricia!).

… and of course, meet the locals, in this case my friend Patricia who has raised her own creative tourism company, Singulartrips, and welcomes us to her home with typical Caldo Verde and other delights. She even made a veggie soup for Liam: Muito obrigada, Patricia!

 

From Baixa-Chiado to Mouraria: The downtown area of Lisbon near the river Tejo has undergone major renovation and reconstruction, welcoming us with modern vibes in a historic setting.

It’s just over three years that I’ve last been to Lisbon. What I notice immediately is the “facelift” that many buildings and streets in the downtown area of the Portuguese capital have received since then. Lisbon is trendy– but not everybody is set to benefit from it, as living costs are on the rise while local salaries, generally speaking, are not. We talk about this and other topics with more friends of mine, André & Beatriz, who take us for a really cool lunch spot: The sunny terrace of a new five star hotel, Bairro Alto by Praça Luís de Camões. While the views over Lisbon are priceless, the menu remains affordable and we enjoy quite some time there. Check this out.

Nahe der Metro Baixa-Chiado könnt Ihr kurz beim berühmten Schriftsteller Fernando Pessoa Platz nehmen ...

Near the metro station Baixa-Chiado you may sit down for a quick handshake with Portugal’s famous national poet, Fernando Pessoa …

 

... und nur ein paar Schritte weiter zur Dachterrasse des kürzlich neu eröffneten Hotels Bairro Alto weiter spazieren: Auf die Dachterrasse kommt man auch ohne Hotelgast zu sein, die Ausblicke von hier oben sind einfach sagenhaft.

… and literally two steps away, don’t miss the spectacular views from the terrace of the recently opened Bairro Alto Hotel: You may get there even without being a guest of the hotel, and enjoy a nice drink or lunch snack up there.

 

Vielen Dank für diesen Tipp, lieber André, liebe Beatriz! Sehr schön, Euch beide zusammen mit Liam wiederzusehen.

Thank you so much for taking us there, dear André, dear Beatriz! So nice seeing you again together with baby Liam. Tip: André on the right here knows EVERYTHING about Portuguese wines, as you can read more about here.

 

Gemeinsam marschieren wir dann noch über die neu gestaltete Promenade am Flussufer des Tejo hinauf in das Stadtviertel der Mouraria, in Richtung Castelo Sao Jorge ...

We continue walking by the new Tejo riverfront walk, and further up towards Mouraria district, towards the fortress of Castelo Sao Jorge. The outdoor escalator is a great help for carrying baby Liam up the steep city slope …

 

... und beim Miradouro de Santa Luzia lassen wir den Tag fürs erste mal gut sein.

… and near the viewpoint Miradouro de Santa Luzia we decide to return to our accommodation and relax for the rest of the day, at the “Private Rooms” of the Lisbon Poets Hostel in Rua Heliodoro Salgado.

 

Nicht vergessen: Eine Fahrt mit der berühmten "Tram 28", die die gesamten Sehenswürdigkeiten der Altstadt von Lissabon im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes "abklappert" ...

Don’t miss a trip on the “Tram 28” that runs by many typical sights of old town Lisbon …

 

 

If (like us) you love tasting the local food while travelling, I recommend you to go on a Lisbon Food Tour. We have again decided to go with “Taste of Lisboa” …

… as local owner Filipa who has started the company is another friend of mine and I am glad to see that things are going well for her. We take the tour around Mercado do Campo de Ourique, as it is fairly flat and thus baby stroller-friendly. Shame Liam cannot taste any of the food we get to experience on our eight different tasting stops … but Georg and I vow to come back when he is old enough to sample the diverse cuisine of Lisbon.

What follows during the food tour is an array of all things delicious. Local guide Miguel really looks after us and our needs as a young family (having to change baby, feeding him, warming his food, etc.) while on the tour. At some stage, Liam falls asleep and I get to film Georg tasting his first mussels, pulling a face of … surprise! 😀 As yes, they are actually really good here …!

Der (angeblich) beste Schokokuchen der Welt - oder zumindest von Lissabon ...

They say it’s the best chocolate cake in the world. Or Lisbon? …

 

... gefolgt von köstlichen Sardinhas (Sardinen), für die die Küche Portugals so typisch ist ...

… followed by a tasting of Sardinhas (sardines), something Portuguese cuisine is quite famous for …

 

... verkostet am Mercado do Campo de Ourique in Lissabon ...

… tasted right at the Mercado do Campo de Ourique in Lisbon …

 

... danke, Miguel, dass Du Dir so viel Zeit für uns nimmst ...

… thank you, Miguel, that you are taking the time and effort to be with us and baby Liam …

 

... statt ihm beißen eben wir in die besten Sandwiches der Stadt ...

… shame he cannot taste these delicious pork sandwiches yet …

 

... gönnen uns dampfend heiße Miesmuscheln ...

… or those wonderful mussels, which actually would go really well with a Craft Beer! But no, no alcohol for mummy yet …!

 

Am Ende der Tour dürfen Lissabon's berühmte Pasteis do Belém nicht fehlen!

At the end of the tour, there are, of course, Pasteis do Belém! (Pasteis de Nata all over Portugal).

 

Wir genießen die Zeit mit unserem #BabyTraveller sehr und kehren hoffentlich schon bald wieder!

Loving the time with our #BabyTraveller and hoping to be back soon!

 

Check out our InstaStories about the whole trip through Portugal (Lisbon, Evora & the Algarve). The following gallery has all of our pictures from Lisbon:

 

Last but not least, I have also made the following short video for you in order to keep you in the loop about how it is to travel with baby, and to share the beauty of Portugal with you:

Written by Elena

Fluent in seven languages, I feel naturally at ease anywhere I go. As a writer, I am happy to share the world’s travel stories as far as creative travel, foodie travel and local, sustainable travel are concerned. Thanks to my young son Liam, I am currently discovering the world anew.

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