Lisboa , te amo!

Just four nights in Portugal , 3 nights  Lisbon and a night in Porto. ( If I had known better, I would have swapped it the other way)

We arrived at noon and got checked into our Airbnb. I really loved this chic property in Bairro Alto. About 20 minutes from the airport (20 Euros by cab). It’s a 20 second walk to the tram 28 stop, so that was greattttt.

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Airbnb hosted by Qinyin.

There was a nice little cafe that had great sangrias and a chilled vibe just down the road.

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soaking it all in

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that’s 4 euros for a jug of sangria, by the way.UNREAL.

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tram 28 watching

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Aim : to get lost in the streets of Bairro Alto

Since Hard Rock is a must do on  Mei Mei ‘s itinery  ,that was our first stop .We hadn’t got our bearings right  so we hailed a cab . Like all Hard Rocks , this experience was similar.

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With that , we wandered down to Commerce Square ( Prace do Comercio) , where we purchased our 10 euro all day pass , that includes the yellow tour bus , metros and the best part,unlimited  TRAM 28 rides. In the heat ,we did a quick walk around the square before jumping on the tram 15 that would take us to Belem.

1 st stop – Pasteis de Belem – Clearly it was also on everybody’s MUST DO list, the line was an hour long. So we skipped it.

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we came back at 9 pm , no queue , even managed to get a seat inside )

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Officially the tastiest tart , the other was at the Majestic Cafe in Porto. Coated with cinnamon and icing sugar .( I had 5 tarts a day ,no kidding)

Headed towards Jeronimos Monastery. One word .Beautiful.( for some funny reason , I have no photos to show)

While waiting for our sunset cruise  ,we needed a place to empty our bladders and stumbled upon Museu Colecao Berardo. Considering I am not arty enough for museums, this one really caught our eyes. Fantastic landscape and a rooftop terrace with a bar and live music. OMGGGGGGGG.It was amazing.

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Symmetry appreciation

We had signed up for a sunset tour with Boat me up  via Trip Advisor/ Viator. This was my favourite thing in Lisbon. Considering we had so little time, we had a view of Lisbon , practically on the river , outside  looking in.Cruise starts off at the Belem Dock at about 7 pm .While we sailed along the Tagus river for about an hour and a half ,  the crew  made us feel very comfortable while narrating a brief history of Lisbon. There are bean bags and space enough for a group of 15 . Our tour had 6 of us on board that day , with free flow water/ beer / wine and some nibbles.We sailed under the 25 th of April Bridge , right up till the views of Alfama , then the boat turns back to catch sunset by Belem Tower.        ( Paid RM 141/ person – totally worth it)

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Boat me up crew

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Belem dock

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25th of April Bridge ( same guys behind the San Fran one)

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Man-made beach for some frolicking , by Commerce Square. King Jose monument in the background.

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Belem tower during sunset

Then off we went on our tram 28 joy ride, uphill towards Alfama before heading back to Bairro Alto. ( take the tram 28 after 9 pm , there will be seats available unlike in the day, where you’re sandwiched beyond belief)

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Tired facies on the 28

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 Random stop for Ginja on our stroll around Bairro Alto.Pretty nice cherry liquor , I must say.

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By 2 am , the night got a tad blurry , and we took it as a sign to head back.

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