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Governator Jan 16th, 2017 01:57 PM

Lisbon trip report
After my recent Christmas trip to Venice and Florence with the wife, I stayed on and visited Lisbon for 4 nights, Amsterdam for 4 nights then back to Lisbon for another night.

I really got know Lisbon pretty well. It's a lovely city. Beautiful architecture. Nice calm people. Lots of shopping and restaurants.

I recommend the Hotel Lisboa Tejo very well located next to Figueres and Rossio squares from where you can catch every kind of transportation including the airport bus. Close to the Santa Justa elevator.

For Fado there's Adego Machado, talented performers, excellent food.

Take the tram 28 from Figueres (or walk up) to get up to the charming narrow streets of Alfama.

Take the 15 tram from Figures to get to Belem and the big Monastery and the Belem tower from where the Portuguese explorers set out.

Take the Gloria funicular from Restauradores (near Rossio) to get up to Chiado to check out the elegant Brasiliera pastry shop and walk over to Barrio Alto to check out the night clubs. Check out the view from near the Carmo, the church that was the largest in Lisbon and was damaged in the 1755 earthquake.

Other things to see, Nascoes where the 1998 expo was. There's an aerial cable car and Europes largest aquarium, the Oceanarium.

If you go to the Gubenkian museum double check the hours, the guidebooks say it's closed on Mondays but it now open on Mondays and closed on Tuesdays.

FuryFluffy Jan 17th, 2017 12:44 AM

Thank you for the trip report, Governator, I enjoy reading it. Do you have photos of Lisbon?

TPAYT Jan 17th, 2017 05:07 AM

Good info on a city we'd like to visit. Thanks for the details.

Governator Jan 17th, 2017 05:21 AM


Still editing the pics down, will post some soon.

Governator Jan 17th, 2017 05:22 AM

TPAYT, You're welcome. Thanks for reading.

Governator Feb 1st, 2017 08:48 AM


Link to Pictures of Lisbon.

FuryFluffy Feb 1st, 2017 11:33 AM

I see, thanks. You have very nice photos there ^^
They capture some tint of Lisbon.

Governator Feb 1st, 2017 06:58 PM

Thanks. Glad you like them. :)

nubbyrose Feb 3rd, 2017 04:57 AM

Where's the pics? The link doesn't work.

FuryFluffy Feb 3rd, 2017 05:48 AM

They were there yesterday...

cmcfong Feb 3rd, 2017 01:19 PM

I can't see them either.

tdk320n Feb 4th, 2017 04:15 PM

Pictures are not there

Governator Feb 5th, 2017 09:43 AM

New link for photos

Elisabeth54 Feb 6th, 2017 02:01 AM

Obrigado Governator! I love the pictures and they give a really good impression.

I'm more and more looking forward to our planned stay in Lisbon and it's surrounding area at the end of March.
Any additional suggestions for restaurants and Fado bars are, as always, most appreciated. That's what I love so much about the Fodor's community, people are willing to share experiences. Great!

Governator Feb 6th, 2017 08:39 AM

De Nada, Elisabeth54. I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures.

Adego Machado was the only Fado we saw. There are a number of other places in the few blocks around it.

There was one which was highly recommended, on Yelp, but very small and intimate, not suitable for a sit down meal. If you can get in there early for a seat, it's probably a very authentic experience. Hopefully someone here knows the name.

'Timeout' is a large market that was converted to a food court, near the Cais do Sodre metro stop. The booths serve up food inspired by Portuguese gourmet chefs.

There's a place that I wanted to try but didn't get a chance to. A small locals type place near the Rossio train station called Café Beira Gare. I liked looking in there and seeing the local business men in bellying up to bar after work. I stepped up to the bar once and enjoyed a small Sagres tap beer for only 1 Euro.

There are restaurants with tables set out in the middle of Rua Augusta, a pedestrians only street. We ate at Pastelaria Brasileira Horaris, very affordable prices, decent food.

One tip, when you're at the Miradouro de Santa Luzia in Alfama, look for a staircase that goes down in the direction of the water. It will take you down into a very interesting neighborhood. That's where I took a bunch of my pictures including the one of the old fountain in the wall.

Another tip, at the top of the Ascensor da Glória there's a nice Miradour, Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara. I walked from there to Estrela Basilica passing through the lovely Jardim Da Estrela gardens. The Basilica has a very interesting history. Built by order of Queen Maria I of Portugal, as a fulfilled promise for giving birth to a son. However the son died of smallpox at the age of 27.

From the Basilica I took a taxi all the way back to Largo Chiado for only 5 euros including tip.

You're going to love Lisbon. I did.

Elisabeth54 Feb 6th, 2017 12:26 PM

Thank you again for all your suggestions. This trip will be special in more than one way. A few years ago I found out that a number of my maternal ancestors were Sephardic Jews who fled Portugal around the time of the Inquisition in the 16th/17th century. They traveled through Spain, France and Belgium and finally arrived and settled in Amsterdam. From there some of them went to Surinam in South America. I was given a family tree going back to 1614. I have always been very interested in history and presently am reading on the history of that time. The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon is one of those books. It should be an interesting experience to stay in the city which they were forced to leave four hundred years ago.

Governator Feb 6th, 2017 07:50 PM

You're welcome. I am half Sephardic, as well. My father's parents came to America in the early 1900's, from Istanbul, where my ancestors lived for 400+ years after being expelled from Spain around 1492.

That sounds like an interesting book. I see it was a #1 best seller in Portugal. I'm going to look for it at my local library.

luz_de_lisboa Feb 6th, 2017 11:59 PM

Elisabeth54 how interesting! Depending on whether you have whatever proof they require, you maybe be eligible for Portuguese citizenship via the recently enacted Right of Return law.

luz_de_lisboa Feb 7th, 2017 12:00 AM

And Governator, I enjoyed your images!

Governator Feb 7th, 2017 03:50 AM

Thank you, luz_de_lisboa. I'm glad you liked my pictures of Lisbon.

Elizabeth54, I guess you're aware of the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam.

I visited it about 20 years ago on my first trip to Amsterdam.
I noticed it had an interior design similar to the Sephardic synagogue I attended as a child, in Brooklyn. The pulpit was in the center of the room, rather than at the front, and there was an upper gallery where the women would sit separately from the men.

Sticking to the Portuguese theme of this post, the first Jews to settle in New York City, in 1654, were Portuguese refugees by way of Brazil.

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