holidays in lisbon – part 2

15th January 2015

Funicular on bica street in lisbon, portugal

Where: Lisbon, Portugal

When: December (pre-Christmas through New Year’s Eve)

With: Family (parents, brother, brother’s girlfriend and husband)

(this is the 2nd post in a series–check out post 1post 3, & post 4!)

The days following Christmas in Lisbon were warm and sunny, relative to New York, anyway. The highs called for around mid-50s, but on some days, in the sunshine, you could take off your jacket and sit at an outside cafe table for lunch. We couldn’t ask for better tourist weather!

alleyway in lisbon, portugal

texas bar in lisbon portugal

square in lisbon portugal

street art in lisbon portugal

Praça do Comércio in Lisbon, portugal

With a family of 5, our mornings were haphazard and lingered into the afternoons, rarely allowing us to get out of the house before noon or later. So we ate lots of cozy breakfasts at home, with our market eggs, mystery cheeses and instant coffee, before strolling the streets.

trolley car tram in lisbon portugal

For the first couple days, we stuck fairly close to home. We ambled down one of the main streets near our apartment to the waterfront, gazing at the Cristo Rei (Christ the King statue) in the distant Almada, scoping out any churches we stumbled across (my dad’s favorite activity), before ending up at the Castelo de São Jorge in Alfama.

inside church in lisbon portugal, alfama

inside church in lisbon portugal, alfama

lisbon cathedral in lisbon portugal

castelo de sao jorge in lisbon, portugal

small neighborhood streets by the castelo de são jorge in lisbon, portugal - alfama

So close to the holidays, most of the main attractions were unfortunately closed. But the walk up to Alfama, and the city views, were some of my favorite strolls. We got a taste of most of the city in those few days that only made us excited to see more.

street art on the way to castelo de são jorge in lisbon, portugal - alfama

street art on the way to castelo de são jorge in lisbon, portugal - alfama

azulejo tiles in alfama, lisbon portugal

street art in lisbon portugal in alfama

street art on the way to castelo de são jorge in lisbon, portugal - alfama

view from alfama in lisbon portugal

door in lisbon portugal, alfama neighborhood

Next time, we’ll get to some of the main attractions–Belem and Sintra. Until then!

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