Where: Lisbon, Portugal
When: December (pre-Christmas through New Year’s Eve)
With: Family (parents, brother, brother’s girlfriend and husband)
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!
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.
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.
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.
Next time, we’ll get to some of the main attractions–Belem and Sintra. Until then!