Lisbon in 48 hours

Travel Blog: Two days in Lisbon, Portugal

 
 

The kids had a week off school and I got to escape for 2 nights to Lisbon to visit a friend! That’s the second time in 8 years that I’ve had 100% kid-free time for more than 24 hours in a row! I need to get out more. lol

Wandering through the enchanting streets of Lisbon, Portugal, is like stepping into a vibrant mosaic of history, culture, and art. The city’s signature tiled buildings, adorned with traditional azulejos, paint a kaleidoscope of colors against the backdrop of the bright Mediterranean sun. Each tile tells a story, depicting scenes from Portugal’s past or offering intricate patterns that dance along the facades of centuries-old buildings. But Lisbon is more than just its iconic tiles; it’s a city of contrasts, where ancient architecture coexists harmoniously with modern street art and graffiti. From the narrow alleyways of Alfama to the bustling boulevards of Baixa, every corner reveals a new surprise, a new layer of Lisbon’s rich tapestry waiting to be explored.

As the iconic tram cars rattle along the city’s steep hills, you can’t help but feel transported back in time, to an era when these charming vehicles were the heartbeat of Lisbon’s public transportation system. Their bright yellow exteriors stand out against the backdrop of cobblestone streets and pastel-colored buildings, offering a nostalgic journey through the city’s past and present. And speaking of streets, Lisbon’s are a maze of narrow lanes and hidden passageways, where every turn reveals a new treasure waiting to be discovered. It’s easy to lose yourself in the labyrinth of Alfama or the winding alleys of Bairro Alto, but getting lost is all part of the adventure in this captivating city.

As a traveler from Victoria, BC, Lisbon offered a welcome departure from the lush landscapes and laid-back vibes of my hometown. Yet, amidst the hustle and bustle of this bustling European capital, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of familiarity and connection. Perhaps it was the warmth of the locals or the welcoming embrace of the city’s vibrant neighborhoods. Or maybe it was the striking juxtaposition of old and new, tradition and innovation, that resonated with me. Whatever the reason, Lisbon left an indelible mark on my heart in just two short days, making it an unforgettable experience that I’ll cherish for a lifetime. From the tiled facades to the colorful graffiti, Lisbon captured my imagination and ignited my sense of wanderlust, leaving me longing to return and explore more of its wonders.

 
 
 
 
 

Coming from North America where everything is so “new”, Europe often feels like a movie set to me. Somehow the city felt older than Marbella. Maybe it is. I’m not up on my history!

 
 
There were so many pigeons on these buildings I couldn’t capture them all! You can see a lot on the balconies, but this isn’t all of them!
 
 
 
I love how one bird is sitting backwards to the others!
 
 
 
 
We spent the second morning walking around the graveyard, which was fascinating and somewhat creepy at times (a few coffins were visible). Here’s the blog post on the graveyard in Lisbon
 
 
 

The famous tram line #28 (above) and helper tram (below)

 

This was the most amazing pink sky!!

That’s all folks! Hope you enjoyed the photos!

I am a Victoria, BC photographer who shoots travel, nature and fine art for fun, and weddings and portraits for work! 

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