"saudades de Lisboa" Lisbon by arasnosliw

Lisbon Travel Guide: 5,270 reviews and 13,027 photos

Oh Lisboa, what can I say? You've won over my heart.
The history, the passion, the food, the language. I only crave it more, now that I have left.
So, I'll definitely be back. Three times is not even enough.

Lisboa is one of those cities I think most people do not fully recognize.
From first glance it may appear rather bland, dilapidated, uncharacteristic.

Stare harder and you realize this city still retains many ties to its past although it is quickly developing to withhold in the future, and there is a lot of charm to that! Nowadays, too many cities are caught in making buildings and roads look modern, new, and so-called "perfect". To me beauty is in imperfection.

So, if you take in Lisboa from this perspective, you will see this brilliant city once at the seat of power in Europe to be incredibly beautiful. The hills, the river, the crooked streets, the way the intense sunlight reflects off of whitewashed buildings, the beautiful azulejo tilework, not to mention some of the best seafood, wine, and cheese you'll ever find. The people are passionate about their country, being small and often overlooked, and you can sense this when talking to them.

Things I'll miss about Lisbon:

utter chaos of the city
smell of sardinhas grilling on the street
the rio
the way the light reflects off the whitewashed buildings
bairro alto
getting lost in the labyrinth of alfama
exploring parks (and sleeping in them)
fantastic wine and cheese
eating caracois on the beach
carefree lifestyle

Things I can live without:

feces on sidewalk
rabid dogs wanting to bite me
rabid men wanting to bite me
diesel fumes
the lack of vegetables to eat
bacalhau, a gazillion ways

Portugal, always in my heart.

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  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2016 at 1:00 AM

    I hope to re visit Lisbon soon.


  • raytor's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Your smile is as pretty as ever. I hope your occupation as a secret agent is still going well.

  • Jun 27, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    May i rent aroom for 7 days startiing from 7 jul

  • storyin's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2008 at 4:23 AM

    nice page..

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2007 at 2:26 AM

    Bonita página de una bonita ciudad

  • Varinia's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2007 at 10:40 AM

    Great writing skills. Thanks for the info, based on its history, Lisbon still somehow behind in the past, and that's exactly the beuty of it.

  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2007 at 2:35 AM

    Is Martinho da Archada restaurant so cheap? I thought it was an expensive place. Ciao!

  • LuisGuimaraes's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2006 at 11:08 AM

    I FULLY identify with your intro and actually had a shiver running down my spine while reading it. I can see you took the best out of my city and am really glad 4 that! These pages like yours also help me value how lucky I am to live here, in a way.

  • Mikebond's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2006 at 7:36 AM

    Good page.

  • quartinb's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2006 at 10:51 PM

    bonita lisboa ....i've seen the dog with the accordianist the other day!and u´ve made, your way thru out lisboa, allright!...

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