{LIS} tired eyes meet welcome sights.

And so begins the slew of posts without photos… but I will add them one day, I promise!

So this morning, I had to wake up super early (4am!!) to get to the airport in time for our 7.30am flight to… LISBON! Heathrow airport is actually really far away… so took the Heathrow Express from Paddington Station, since other things weren’t really running so early in the morning… Luckily there were no problems and we arrived there a good two hours before departure. There was a minor issue with check-in, but then we were on our way through security, and then through to the airport shops.

Six year old me wanted to find things familiar in the airport, but given that it has been 14 years since I was last at Heathrow, I can imagine that a lot has changed since then. Still, 6YO me said that the Harrods store still looked familiar…! In any case, we’ll see. This is the Harrods bear that costs almost 2000 pounds…!

Then we got to the gate, sat around for a while (i.e. drifting off…) before catching the bus to the plane.

British Airways, thank you for feeding me. :) Egg and bacon roll in the morning, with a nice hot cup of tea. :) So far, this is the only other airline that has given me food, even on short haul flights. (The other was KLM, if you were wondering!)

Since our flight was so early in the morning, it was nice to see the sunrise from the plane. The sun was rather bright though, so the photos don’t quite capture the awesomeness…!

Arrived in Lisbon, to a balmy 17 degrees… hovering around there, or maybe 13… depending on which temperature sign we were passing as we were on the bus towards Praca do comercio. Found our way quite easily to the hostel. According to Hostelworld.com, Travellers House continues to be rated as the best hotel in their entire database, with a rating of 98%!! And when we arrived, we discovered why.

The vibe of the place is reaaally awesome. When we got up to the reception, we were given a great tour of the place, and it was just really comfortable to kick back and relax a little bit while we were waiting for our rooms to be ready. There is free internet, both on the iMacs and wifi (yes, yes, here I go using Apple products again…!). I had a nice time with the selection of teas, and need a Lonely Planet to refer to? Don’t waste space in bringing your own. There is a great selection of travel books available. There is free breakfast of a morning, and linen and towels are all provided. They run a few tours as well. which is always convenient, especially to a few of the places that are a bit further out of the city. There is a TV room and the lounge is also really pretty… Here, I shall steal a picture from the website. :)


travellers house, lisbon

Pretty, pretty no?

After resting for a little bit, we were given our rooms, and so we moved in a little bit and took a bit more of a nap. It was a really early morning!!

In the end, we finally headed out and went to a little café recommended to us by the hostel.

Cruzes Credo Café (Cruzes da Sé, 29) is a short bit away from Sé Cathedral. We had a late lunch, Bacon Cheeseburger, and then headed out to do a little bit of exploring…

Since it was right there, we had a look inside Sé Cathedral and it was quite magnificent. Travelling in Europe, you see a lot of churches, but for me, at least, they are all still quite amazing in just their sheer size and the architecture… always really pretty. :)

Lisbon has totally won me over, in the few short hours that we were actually outside and wandering. The streets remind me of Copenhagen, in the way that I want to take a picture of everything, even if the buildings are a little bit derelict, or whether they are absolutely fabulous. It also reminds me so much of Macau and Malacca, but I guess that’s because they are places with heavy Portuguese influence in their history…

So yeah, we were just wandering the streets, got to the main square place, Praca do comercio, and headed down to the water to admire the beautiful sunset. It has been too long since I have seen the sun set like that… :)

It started to rain a little bit, but then cleared up and so we explored a little further to the north. Of course, I was taking pictures of random buildings and streets as I was going.

At least we still had time before it got dark, at around 17.30. Then we decided to go back to the hostel, and rest up a little bit more, since we were just so tired.

At about 20.00 we decided that it was probably time to actually eat some dinner. We got another recommendation for dinner, and made our way there. We may have gotten a little lost with me leading the way, but then as we were about to give up, there it was.

Restaurante O Galera (Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 24D) isn’t much to look at at first, but once inside, it’s a little maze of stone-walled tunnels, with parts of it being restaurant, and other parts selling fresh fish. The hostel recommended us a particular dish called arroz de manscos, which is basically a stew of rice and all kinds of seafood, including prawns, crab, mussels and scallops. We ordered a serving for one, and another dish of pork chops. Turns out we could very well have just shared the seafood rice. There was so much there, we were wondering whether they had accidentally given us the one for two people! It was a lovely dinner, and after not having had any seafood in a rather long time… it was rather welcome. :)

Now we are back at the hostel. Only two days for Lisbon before we head off to Marrakech… I hardly think that it will be enough!!


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