Lisbon day two was absolutely amazing, despite being completely exhausted. Before this trip, I’d never really had much interest in going to Portugal, but now I see just how beautiful this place is (and how good the food is). We had a full day to spend in the beautiful city of Lisbon, and tomorrow morning (my birthday, in case anyone was wondering) we leave for the Algarve Region, which means we finally get to go to the beach! But, before I get too excited about the beach, I better recap my time in Lisbon.
This morning, we got up for breakfast at the hotel before heading to the city center for our guided tour. Sadly, the weather wouldn’t cooperate today, so we needed to pack umbrellas and rain jackets for the tour. It was misting almost the entire day, leaving our views a little skewed. We met our local guide, Hugo, in the neighborhood known as Baixa. He took us for a tour through the city that was the perfect balance of humor and history. We learned about Fado, which is essentially flamenco’s melancholic cousin, and saw some beautiful street art about it.
We also heard a lot about the earthquake of 1755. On November 1st, 1755, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Lisbon. Everyone retreated to the river, only to find themselves faced with 25-meter tidal waves. As if that wasn’t enough, it was Day of the Dead, so there were candles lit all over the city, which, of course, ended up lighting many fires, some of which didn’t go out for almost 10 days. Around 40% of Lisbon’s population was killed during this devastating disaster.
Our tour of the city ended at the Castelo de São Jorge (Saint George Castle). The panoramic views of the city would have been amazing, but sadly the mist made it almost impossible to see. Nevertheless, we got some good photos before heading back down the hill for lunch. My friend Jess and I went to a small restaurant for lunch, where we had bread with sardine pate, sangria, cod with cream (for me), pork kebab (for Jess), and a traditional Portuguese custard tart dessert, all for only 12 euros apiece. It was genuinely one of the best meals I’ve had.
After lunch, Jess and I got just a little bit lost on our way to the metro station, but no worries, we eventually made it back okay. When we got back, we decided it was a good time for a nap, and since then we’ve just been hanging around the hotel, re-energizing before we transfer to another city tomorrow morning.
Lisbon, you’ve been amazing, and I can’t wait to come back.
Stay tuned for more updates,
xoxo, second sister suzie