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Trip Report Lisbon - Ongoing Trip Report

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We've begun five months in Europe with a month here in Lisbon. We have one week to go and I wanted to let you know how much we love this city. It's just such a wonderful place. The people are so friendly, it's easy and fun to get around with trams, funiculars and excellent subway etc.. One month isn't nearly enough time to do everything we want! In fact we've only managed one weekend away in the three weeks we've had here so far.

The fish at the Mercado da Ribiera is wonderful and it's well worth a visit even if you aren't cooking. No wonder the Portuguese eat so much fish it's fabulous here. We're finding Portugal affordable, even with dollars. January is showery and there was an incredible storm a few days ago but the sun comes out if you're patient. At this time of year apartments are reasonably priced, there are no crowds, the pousadas are cheap, it's easy to get dinner reservations and there are no lines for the trams. Frankly I like travelling in this off off season.

The Gulbenkian is a "don't miss" for us, such a wonderful museum with an amazing Middle Eastern collection and an incredible room of Lalique jewellery. It's free on Sundays and easy to get to by metro.

Anyway I've been blogging (with lots of photos) as we go and have lots of posts on food, pastries, museums, graffiti, Alfama and Belem. I will be adding more every couple of days. You can find our Portugal posts at

http://somuchmoretosee.blogspot.pt/search/label/Portugal

I'm happy to answer any questions if you're considering a trip to Lisbon, or if you're thinking or renting an apartment. As I now have a much better idea of the city layout I'd be happy to share or lend an opinion. This weekend we were in Evora, Estremoz and saw the fabulous monastery at Batalha. I haven't blogged on these destinations yet but though I would mention them in case anyone is working on their itinerary. We weren't as wowed by Sintra as some other people on the forum though we did enjoy our visit to Quinta da Regalia which is an extraordinary house and garden.

The daily travel pass here in Lisbon has gone up to 6 euro per day and I think the prepaid rechargable Via Viagem is a MUCH better deal for almost everyone. It means that the trams, metro, funiculars and buses will cost you 1.25 per ride. It's easy to buy at the automatic machine and the card will cost you 50 euro cents.

I highly recommend Restaurant Duvall and the tasting menu at 100 Manieras if you're looking for upscale modern Portuguese cooking. I have a blog post on simple meals at Tascas and Cantinhos.
http://somuchmoretosee.blogspot.pt/2013/01/tascas-and-cantinhos-in-lisbon.html

Today I sought out some of the street art and had a great time.
http://somuchmoretosee.blogspot.pt/2013/01/street-art-in-lisbon.html

Hope these quick notes and the blog are useful or inspire you to come to Lisbon too. Let me know if you have any questions.

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