26.9.13

lisbon pt. 1 of 2

“Lisbon, even from afar, rises like a fair vision in a dream, clear-cut against a bright blue sky which the sun gladdens with its gold. And the domes, the monuments, the old castles jut up above the mass of houses, like far-off heralds of this delightful seat, of this blessed region.”
-Fernando Pessoa, Lisbon: What the Tourist Should See























Pictured here: evidence of perfect weather every day (25-30 degrees Celsius, clear blue skies). Walks through Alfama, walks through Chiado. Walking along the Avenida da Liberdade, a tree-lined boulevard. A Vida Portuguesa, a shop selling traditional products (housed in a former perfume factory). An art opening in an 18th century palace. The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, the National Coach Museum. Tropical gardens. Churches, marble, coffee at kiosks Clara Clara and Bananacafe.

Not pictured here: walking up hills that seemed to have an incline of 85 degrees (I loved it). Getting to the top of a narrow alleyway staircase, my back screaming, noticing the staircase is actually called “Backbreaker Lane.” Drinking wine in the courtyard of a palace. Hidden passageways, espresso multiple times a day, the smell of juniper, dried-out palm trees, pastel buildings, Art Nouveau details. Ice cream made of rose petals. The friendliest and most helpful people (except that one cab driver). Possibly a lot of ghosts. The most heart-achingly romantic trip of my life.

24 comments:

  1. This is all so dreamy.

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  2. I always love to see Lisbon through the eyes of other people and you really captured its spirit. Beautiful!

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  3. Nooooooo stop making me want to travel again!!! Noooo!!! THOSE PALACES!! AHHH!!!

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  4. Looks beautiful! You can get Rose Kulfi here in Toronto, I've seen it at the Sobey's at Dupont and Ossington! So so yummy.

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  5. oh, I love Lison! Your pictures made me want to take a plane right now! :)

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  6. i can't wait to get there! i'll see you in march, lisbon!

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  7. Anonymous26.9.13

    what a dreammm!!

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  8. Lisbon is SO UNDERRATED! As is Portugal in general. I've seen such stunning view/architecture/art/people/landscapes along the entire coast. I'm so glad you had a wonderful trip <3

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  9. from your photos, it looks like a dream! I'm so happy you and Geoff had such an amazing time! I dream of going here one day, such a beautiful city!

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  10. It's like the entire city is in your palette!

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  11. I need to get out of the country more

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  12. I'm so happy to see you here and to see your pictures! i feel so proud to live here and to experience all that every single day. it's quite an amazing city and though this weekend we're having rain (for which i was hoping for ages!), the weather, the architecture, the free landscape with the river just at a sight's reach... everything makes this an amazing place to live and i'm deeply happy that you, though a bit biased because your roots are on this country, loved this so much! thank you for spreading the word about lisbon!

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  13. I couldn't imagine a more perfectly you city.

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  14. I've never heard of Lisbon until you, and I'm glad I was able to learn a bit about it. The photos are incredibly dreamy, and if I have the opportunity, I would gladly travel there!

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  15. national coach museum...? holy best museum-idea ever!

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  16. oh that's lovely you had such a romantic holiday. Lisbon might actually be the roman holiday of our generation. I went when I was 18 and fell in love, but I'd love to go back now that I'm all cultured and what not ; )

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  17. uuu i'm glad you're posting about lisbon.. i'll be there in 15 days! your pics make me quivering with anticipation ;)

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  18. I want the European life!!

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  19. I don't know much about Lisbon but this makes me want to learn more and go! I love the greenhouses (?)

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  20. I LOVE the photo of the cacti sticking out of the greenhouse!

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  21. I'm so glad you loved Lisboa, Lisboa is also my city and I'm so in love with it! I loved to see these pictures and yours texts about Lisboa (:

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  22. im portuguese and "lisboeta" (i live in Lisbon) and i feel very proud every time i read texts like yours. I love my city and its amazing how we make you guys feel. Its wonderful for us! Come back any time!

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  23. Hi! Very glad to see Lisboa throught your lens.. When you come back to see Sintra you can stay in Cascais (i'm from Cascais)... it's very nice too and very close to Sintra. ;) You would really love Sintra..so do not miss it! <3

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