One of the places I was most eager to revisit on our recent Enrichment Voyage was Lisbon, thanks to an amazing two weeks SVV and I spent in Portugal in 2006. I sort of can’t believe it took me the better part of a decade to get back!
And while it was hardly the same—nothing ever is, is it?—it’s still an architecturally fascinating city nonetheless.
Some things you need to know.
There are hills. A lot of them. Wear close-toed shoes (those cobblestones can be a bitch when you kick them with flip-flops; I speak from experience) and be prepared to feel the burn.
There are peacocks. A lot of them. Be prepared to not piss them off.
The castle has some of the best views in town. Get there early before the tourists descend upon it.
Drink all the sangria you can stomach. Specifically, try both the red and white from the comfort of a seaside perch at Restaurante Portos do Sol.
Hop on the cable car toward the beginning of the line. Otherwise, good luck squeezing in.
Travel with others who will indulge your photographic whims. ‘Nuff said.
Chase the pigeons. (That’s Jevin’s tip, not mine.)
Try the live snails. They’re a local delicacy after all.
YOLO, y’all. You’re only in Portugal once (or OK, in my case twice).