Summer Vacation Trip Part II: Lisbon
After having a lovely time in Cascais (read the Summer Vacation Trip Part I from here) we headed to Lisbon downtown. It was only a 30-minutes’ drive, and because I had heard so much praises about Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, I had huge expectations of it.
We stayed at SANA Reno Hotel (more information about the hotel here) which was located a couple of kilometers from the busiest city center in a neat and quiet area with several children’s playgrounds nearby. Which are a must with a super energetic little monkey when you are on a city vacation!
Hotel itself was very pleasant, classically decorated, breakfast was good and best of all, there was a swimming pool on its roof. Not a particularly big one and sunbeds were none too much, but it worked really well after walking around the whole mornings. And when at the pool, you could also call to the reception and order some cold drinks which was a nice plus.
During those couple of days in Lisbon, we walked a lot (no need for gym visits or morning runs!) around the city, had a drink here and a traditional creamy custard tart (pastel de nata) there, admired the colorful exterior walls and historical buildings. Strolled around in a big, beautifully maintained park, while our son took a nap in his strollers. Visited cute and delicious food offering restaurants, had dinner with friends and just spent some quality time as a family.
And did I already mention, that we walked A LOT! Although, there was an underground station right opposite the hotel, which was really handy if we weren’t on the mood of walking.
And did Lisbon downtown meet my expectations? Hmmm, I’m not quite sure… And don’t get me wrong, there was nothing wrong with Lisbon, but something was missing.
Lisbon downtown was a beautiful place with its pastel buildings and tiny alleys (although, from the close, the houses began to be in a quite bad condition, debilitated), but I’ve visited some other places, like Cascais, that stole my heart from the first sight.
Portuguese cuisine was simple and honest, and again, it was okay, but nothing special. It was user-friendly city and had some shabby-chic glamour, but still it didn’t win the coolest capital in Europe award on my ranking list.
Maybe I should visit Lisbon again without strollers, and climb even higher on the hills and experience the nightlife of Lisbon ?.
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