Solo In The City - Lisbon Part 1

Tram In Lisbon

It dawned on me today that whilst I’ve explored many cities in various countries all over the world, I’ve never actually done it on my own, I’ve always had someone with me, either a friend or family member.  Of course I’ve explore lots of different places in England on my own, been on holiday on my own, away for weekends, day trips, but just never overseas. I temporarily felt a little daunted I don’t mind admitting.

John went off to work and I studied my map to find out where the closest metro stop was and once found I wandered off in that direction.   Finding the metro stop? No problem, getting a ticket? Another matter! I must have pushed every button on the machine in every combination possible and still 10 minutes later no ticket.  Eventually I gave up and walked away wondering what to do as none of the booths were manned, then I decided to try another machine. It was then that I discovered that the first one was broken as within a minute I had a ticket in my paws!  Soon enough I’d found the right platform, boarded a train and was heading towards Rossio Square which is said to be the heart of the city. I couldn’t wait to get up the stairs and out into daylight to take my first look at the city. First impressions – it’s beautiful, just from this square alone I had an inkling that I was going to like Lisbon. The city is built on hillsides and from here it’s an impressive sight as you look around to see colourful houses painted in yellows, greens, blues and pinks rising skyward.

West Coast, Sintra And The Inverted Tower

West Coast Of Portugal

Yesterday we were catching an early flight so we should have had plenty of time to do a few things – however, sometimes things just don’t go according to plan – in fact everything that could go wrong, did go wrong and the less said about it the better!!  With that in mind we ended up pulling into our accommodation near Porto Novo early evening.

I’ve been to Portugal many times and usually stay along the south coast, I was looking forward to seeing how the coast on the west differs. I’m not sure that’s going to happen while we are here though as it seems that at this time of year a mist comes from the sea and the coastline for the most part is obscured.  You can feel the temperature dropping the further up the coast you drive into the mist, it looks fairly spectacular in its own right though, so all is not lost.

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