Monday, July 14, 2014

From Place To Space: Lisbon, Portugal






Last week I shared my impressions of the trip to the cork forests of Portugal with you. Before I headed to the cork oak forests, I had spent a sunny day in the beautiful capital of Portugal, in Lisbon. I must say that I love the city's name in Portuguese: Lisboa sounds so mellow, warm and it carries the promise of golden sunsets on the shores of the Tejo river with the melancholic sounds of a Fado song




Lisbon is a beautiful city - to me, it is in line with some of the most beautiful European capitals. It is located on numerous hills overlooking the Tejo river and the close by Atlantic Ocean. Moreover, Lisbon is the warmest European capital with sunshine in abundance. Unlike many other capitals, Lisbon is rather small and great to be explored by foot or on board of one of the so popular and picturesque trams. Alfama, Alcantara, Chiado, Bairro Alto, Baixa - the names of the various Lisbon neighborhoods sound exotic, charming, intriguing and they keep everything they promise!




The pictures I brought back were all taken during one sunny Sunday afternoon. I was walking around the city without any plan or agenda - it was just a little rediscovery of the city as my last trip to Lisbon dated back six years ago. The city has kept its magic - whether I strolled over the magnificent Placa do Comercio, the noble Rossio Square or climbed the narrow streets of the Alfama - Lisbon has a very special soul that I have not experienced in any other European capital.




Sometimes an unplanned city visit ends in the best location. That was the case when I ended up in a wonderful little and charming family-run restaurant called Caso SÉrio. Since I was visiting the city with a bunch of fellow bloggers as part of the cork tour 2014, we ordered numerous tapas with typical Portuguese dishes. Now imagine five people feasting over food and drinks and the final bill is 50 Euros!! Well, welcome to Portugal!







I have not been visiting any specific places apart from the mentioned restaurant, so I can't share any other tips with you here but those pictures taken on-the-go. I can only recommend a trip to Lisbon - go and discover this wonderful city, its hospitable people, its divine architecture with lots of Azulejo tiles, the good food and the fantastic sunsets over the Tejo river. And don't miss a Fado song or two. Lisboa por l'amorar!

Photography by Igor Josifovic

15 comments :

  1. Ahhh love these images Igor, globetrotter you. I think I have to visit this city too (also on the bucket list) It looks fab. Happy Monday my friend,
    Axx

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    1. I can really recommend it, Anya. I have been twice to Lisbon and loved it every time. I know I need to get there a third time, too!

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  2. The favorite city of my boss… Now I know why, looking at your pictures makes me want to go there so bad!
    XO, A.

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    1. You should go there for yourself too, Anastasia! It has a very unique charm and is wonderful!

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  3. Janette YamaguchiJuly 14, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Many thanks for sharing these happy photos.

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  4. Woah! Such a wonderful place to get lost :D

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    1. Absolutely - best way to explore Lisbon!

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  5. Great trip. Love the pictures.

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  6. Ha! Take me there...
    You make me want to hop on the first flight to Lisbon.

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    1. Let's make it a new meet-up for all of us then:-)

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  7. I read this while drinking coffee which is standing on the cork mat I bought eight years ago in this beautiful city. You have got really amazing pictures.

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    1. Very happy you enjoyed the blog post!! And such a lovely souvenir to have a cork mat from Lisbon:-) Enjoy your coffee!

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  8. As a young Portuguese teen who was born and raised in one of the historical and traditional neighborhoods in Lisbon this article makes me extremely happy and I'm pleased you liked my city come back any time and be sure to visit Sintra it's a beautiful little town straight out a fairy tale book

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