From Rossio to Sintra
Not that I wanted to part with Lisbon after spending only two days in this great city but Sintra with its famous palaces, majestic mountains and great views of the Atlantic Ocean were a part of my travel plans.
It is very easy to get to Sintra from Lisbon as there is a direct train from Rossio running frequently and the journey takes approximately 40 minutes. The station was literally round the corner from where I was staying so I had enough time in the morning to grab a coffee and something to eat. Although I am not a fan of orange juice, a freshly squeezed one served at many cafes around Lisbon as a part of a breakfast menu was incredible. So sweet! Who knows maybe some extra time in Portugal and I would develop a taste for it?
Sintra National Palace
I always wanted to visit Lisbon. Well, to be fair I could start most of my travel posts by using a similar phrase and only change the name of a city or country. In case of Lisbon it is very true though. My visit was long overdue! Last year I had flights booked and high hopes for a sunny break but I had to cancel. Sudden relocation to Barcelona and a new job were the reasons why I had to postpone. Eh.. good things come to people who wait! At least I had plenty of time to ask my Portuguese and non-Portuguese but Lisbon-loving friends for tips and recommendations.
Padrão dos Descobrimentos
The moment I stepped out of Baixa-Chiado metro station I saw Tram 28 passing in front of my eyes. Lisbon was living up to its postcard-like reputation from the start. Warm evening, lively streets and a little cat meowing outside the place I was staying in was like the icing on the cake. I am not even a pet lover! Exploring other areas was pretty much a similar story. My heart was melting.