Opinions on Lisbon


Mar 25th, 2010, 05:43 AM
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Wow lobo - I never saw that side of Oriente. I guess the taxi dropped me at the back door. The entrance I went in didn't look like a train station and I was doubtful that it was a station until I went inside.
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Mar 25th, 2010, 08:22 AM
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Manueline architecture
Azulejos tiled buildings
The interior of Sao Roque Church
The views of Lisbon and Tagus from the Elevator Santa Justa
The incredible art and decorative art in the Gulbenkian
Very friendly and helpful people
Street of Gold in Baixa
Sitting at the Cafe Brasileira in Chiado

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May 10th, 2010, 06:14 PM
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Hi everyone, just thought I'd report back on revisiting Lisbon. You can put me in the LOVE category now. I had a fabulous time during my second trip to this beautiful city. Maybe it was the weather (sunny and perfect), or the great walks, or indulging in a few excellent guided tours, but this time I discovered some of the magic of Lisbon. Really incredible. I completely agree about the comparisons to SF - the topography is similar. Thanks for all your insights, I really appreciated them all. I won't hesitate to go back!
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May 16th, 2010, 06:46 PM
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Just returned from a first visit to Lisbon and wanted to comment as part of this thread.

The city was fantastic and distinct, with a feeling of a somewhat dilapidated charm in some areas. Pervasive in several areas of the city was the feeling that something great and influential had occurred here in the past, and I think the combination of the old, colorful facades and the proximity to the ocean made me feel that way.

I also found refreshing the fact that the city appeared to be less touristed than other capital cities.

Cuisine is scrumptious with variety of flavor, and good eats were easy to come by at reasonable prices.

For seafood lovers, I would recommend lunch or dinner at my three favorite places in or near Bairro Alto neighborhood: Bota Alta, A Primavera dos Jernonimos, and Casa Faz Frio. I would recommend, respectively, the bacalhau real, the caldo verde and grilled peixe espada (scabbard fish), and the fried filets of whiting (pecada). For a refreshing white wine, try the Muralhas.

Overall, excellengt culinary experience with meaningful traces of history throughout the city.
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May 16th, 2010, 08:00 PM
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I'm marking this thread for all the places I missed on my previous 2 visits to Lisbon.

the first time I did notice the construction,about 4 years ago which seemed all over the place - but I took a couple of tours - and from the top of a bus one notices the tiles on the outside of the buildings-unusual I thought...the tour was wonderful and the churches amazing - and yes it seemed like an old city that was just beginning to be cared for...and I wish I had taken matches or made note of the most wonderful restaurant we ate at in the main square where the buses all stop - where you see local businessman going to lunch you know the food has to be good - and it was a delicious sole fish. The tour also took us to the Palace - small by some European standards, but as I looked around aIspotted a castle turret sticking out in the woods - a Templar castle the guide explained..and then there was the Jewish quarter where all Jews were pushed into during the reign of the inquisition -narrow narrow streets on hills, and houses skinny and all pushed together- speaking of streets like San Francisco - some you had to lean backwards to avoid being forced to run down the street.

And no one has mentioned that magnificent bridge over the river and the Christ statue on the hill overlooking the bridge and river with outstretched arms, the mate to the one in South America; what a site!

the second time I was in Lisbon was on a Sunday when everything was closed and it was the first time I noticed the city as being a bit shabby - but I like Lisbon - it's not Paris, but it's very comfortable, and I found the people to be nice also. It's a place I definitely would return.
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May 16th, 2010, 08:29 PM
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Great thread! Cannot wait to visit!
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May 16th, 2010, 11:13 PM
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After all these wonderful replies I'm considering returning to Lisbon to see what I missed.

Two things I would do differently is to go later in the year when the heat isn't so intense and to book a better hotel, closer to the action so I can walk out in the evening and have a wine in a cafe.

And I would love to return to Sintra!
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May 17th, 2010, 02:56 AM
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Lisbon is the kind of place you either love or hate. Our impression for one place or person, tells more about the person we are, than about what's in appreciation.
You may return to a place you disliked the 1st time, but it's likely that you dislike it again.
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