May 14th, 2016.
In Lisbon and Sintra, to be exact.
As you might be able to tell from the photo, the weather indeed wasn’t that warm (as the forecast warned me) but Felix and I still tried to make the best of our trip!
Our hotel was in Praça do Comércio, so that’s where we begun exploring.
This area is incredible, not only the arch is stunning, but the whole square is very impressive.
The only bad thing about it was the amount of people that stopped us to sell drugs, in the middle of the day. They were really persistent and got pretty annoying quickly, so we felt like getting off the square quickly to avoid them. But hey, we could look at it safely from our hotel room, so it was fine.
After lunch unfortunately the rain started to fall, so we made the decision to hop on one of these Ape cars and make our way to the Oceanarium.
It was about 20 minutes away, and the ride was pretty bumpy (but super fun). We eventually got to the aquarium and spent a few hours in there. There were no puffer fish (my favourite) nor belugas (which I still haven’t managed to see anywhere yet), but one new addition to things I have never seen before was the Sun Fish – that was pretty cool!
Did you recognise it from Animal Crossing?!
We wanted to get a great view of the city, so we went to Castelo de São Jorge. Let me tell you – it was windy. But also extremely pretty.
The castle itself was massive, very rural, and from there you could also get an amazing look at all the lovely buildings. Actually, if I had to say what was my favourite part of this trip, was probably looking at all these interesting houses, with amazing tiles on them. Some weren’t as lucky to be covered in tiles, but the decay made them look gorgeous anyway, while others had such intricate designs painted on the walls. Everywhere you looked was simply stunning.
But back to the castle, we got a great look at the city and then decided to find a place where to it.
Yes, on our way down we saw a few peacocks. I never saw them free before, so it was a bit unexpected but it made me happy to see them wander around on their own.
We walked around the city without having a clear idea of where to go, but ended up in Chiado, and we were able to spot the Santa Justa Lift which is so quirky and contrasts so well with the pale buildings around it.
I absolutely love its dark-victorian look, although the line to get up was too long for us to even try.
This day was a great “food day”: we got to taste the typical Pastel de Nata (so good!!) and found a lovely vegetarian restaurant, Jardim das Cerejas.
This ended up being our last day. The weather was really bad: cold, windy and rainy, with thunders. Although it was somewhat fun and adventurous, Felix and I made the decision to cut the holiday short and try to visit what I was dying to see: Sintra.
MY OUTFIT // Jacket: PULL&BEAR
So we waited till after lunch, when the storm started to quiet down a bit, to catch a taxi all the way there.
In the meantime, I read online about a typical shop we should check out, and so we looked for it and spent some time in there: it was very nice, with a vintage feel to it. I ended up getting a few gifts for my friends in this shop.
When the weather cleared up, we realised we were very close to Convento da Ordem do Carmo so we paid it a quick visit.
But then we left Lisbon.
After about 40 minutes car ride, we reached the insanely gorgeous fairytale-like Palácio Nacional da Pena, on the very top of the tallest hill, almost reaching the clouds.
MY OUTFIT // Backpack: OLIVE CLOTHING
And right when we thought it couldn’t get any better than this, we stopped by Quinta da Regaleira. OH MY!
You know me, I love creepy, and this mansion has plenty of it!
Not only I was pleased to learn that it was built by an Italian architect, but it also reminded me of the mansion in Rose Red, one of my favourite horror movies, so when I saw it I immediately fell in love.
There is no way I can make justice to this place with a few pictures, but hopefully when my vlog comes out next week, you will get a better understanding of how strangely beautiful this complex was (it had a massive garden, full of underground tunnels).
Just look at this well. How is this place even real?
But anyway, this ended our trip in the best way possible.
We did check out a few more places during our stay, but I’m afraid I forgot to snap some pictures of them, so for now this will do, and for a more in-depth video you will need to wait till Thursday.
Hope you enjoyed looking at the photos I did take!
Have you been to Lisbon? I know a lot of marzipans are from Portugal: if I ever go back, what would you suggest me to visit?
Have a lovely weekend.