I don’t remember when and how my fascination for Portugal began, but at some point I knew that it’s one of the places I’d gladly spend a fortune for. Since I moved to Australia, I found it a bit hard to plan for holidays, mostly because everything else but the ocean is so damn far! This trip was the longest vacation I’ve taken since I moved my whole life to another continent, and all I was hoping for really was for my ~24-hour flight to be worthwhile, and boy it was.
I’ve always loved cities with a touch of “oldness”. And while most of the structures in Lisbon are not necessarily that old compared to other European countries, since almost everything had to be practically rebuilt after Lisbon’s biggest and most destructive earthquake on 1755, the uniformity of some or most of the structures gave the city an engrossing appeal. Lisbon gave me a sense that everything is worthy of a photograph. Each turn. Each corner. Every single alley.
Lisbon also exudes artistry through street art and music. I got to witness some really great street performances, that I imagined that they’ll surely get 4-chair-turns if they join The Voice (no kidding). But what’s more interesting is this music genre called Fado. Though I understood nothing on the lyrics since it was all in Portuguese, the way the artists performed the songs was just so heartfelt that you can’t help but let your imagination interpret the words for you.
Lisbon also has a number of must-see places that are worth adding to your itinerary, and well, Instagram.
Torre de Belém
Museu Coleção Berardo
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
Praça do Rossio
And then of course, food and drinks.
I didn’t really have any mind-blowing expectations from visiting Lisbon, all I knew was that I wanted to see it and in a way understand the unexplainable fascination I had (and still have) about the city. To say that I was beyond satisfied is an understatement, and to my surprise, some people actually told me that they now also want to visit Lisbon because of the photos and experiences I shared. Knowing that I sort of inspired people to visit one of the places on my top must-sees is definitely a lovely bonus.
Travel date: February 2019