Our time in Lisbon has been long gone already, though when looking at these photos I feel like my feet are on the ground in that capital city again. Marlou and I went to Lisbon (and Portugal) for the first time and the city has become a new favourite. We fell in love with the coloured and tiled houses with pretty lanterns, the view points you come across on every corner, with the sun and a lot more. I am planning to to back to Portugal this summer to explore more of this pretty country. For now a small selection of the many, many photographs I took there.
On the two (five photos actually) photos above you see the Church of Santa Engrácia (National Pantheon). We went looking for this place since I really wanted to see it. When entered you can climb the stairs to see the most amazing view inside and out. When I reached the top I went to the balcony first, which made me realise I had quite some fear of hights. But the view made up for my week knees and shaking legs. You can make a walk around the cupola and see the sea, the pretty brown roofed houses and afar the Ponte 25 de Abril (the red bridge). Then when I walked inside again it was time to admire the view below: the most amazing floor you've ever seen (I really have a big thing for pretty floors). This place was even worse for my shaking legs but I had to make the round inside to be able to go down again. It was terrifying but yet one of the prettigst things I've seen.
Alfama was my favourite city district, which you can see on most of these photos. All the old pretty houses are kept well preserved and this area gave me such a summer holiday feeling. We were lucky with the weather during our stay, it was about 25 degrees. With a blazing sun, burning on our shoulders we strolled through to the old coloured architecture. Another pretty thing about Alfama (and Lisbon in general) were the many view points which gave you the most amazing outlook over the city. I loved the fact that the height difference was so big in such a small pieces. While shopping we walked in the Mango on the ground floor, went up to the 4th floor and then walked out on the other side which was also the ground floor because of the height difference. Ohh and than I haven't mentioned the Pastel de Nata yet. This creamy vanilla pastry served very well as breakfast or a snack in the afternoon. I think I'll try to make them myself sometime soon.
The trip to Lisbon has been so lovely. Away from the school stress for a little while and into Summer (it even gave me some new freckles). I always love the south of Europe, I guess mostly because of the little streets and pretty old houses from which we found plenty in Lisbon. Have you ever been to Lisbon or Portugal?