Today travel blogger Elisaveta Schadrin-Esse shares her recent trip to the vibrant city of Lisbon with us. Based in Berlin, Elisaveta uses her holidays to jet off and explore new destinations, and we join her on her first visit to Lisbon. As one of Europe’s oldest cities it is steeped in history, and travellers can explore an array of museums, impressive buildings and architecture, churches and monasteries. The hustling city is also famed for its delicious wines, coffee, pastries, seafood and other heavenly culinary treats. All this paired with Lisbon’s endless sandy beaches makes it the perfect destination for any traveller.
It was Sunday afternoon and literally the entire city was full of families, happy kids, tourists and old people on their walk to the church. I made a stop in an old, traditional coffee shop and ordered an espresso and some sweets. I sat down with my book right next to a group of old ladies. There were six of them, playing cards, chatting and laughing. And every now and then one of them turned to my table, inspected curiously my camera and my book and then smiled the brightest smile. I liked the vital and vivid atmosphere so much, I felt like this was the real Lisbon.
Best Culinary Experience:
If you have a chance, stop by in one of the traditional bakeries which are all over the city. Join the locals in the queue and simply get what they get by pointing and trying to say the name of the sweets. And smile! This always works for me, everywhere in the world. You can’t be wrong, because everything in those bakeries taste amazing. But if you want to start safely, try PASTEIS DE NATA, small yellow cream tartes. They are addictive!
I sat down with my book right next to a group of old ladies. There were six of them, playing cards, chatting and laughing. And every now and then one of them turned to my table, inspected curiously my cam and my book and then smiled the brightest smile. I liked the vital and vivid atmosphere so much, I felt like this was the real Lisbon.
Best Time To Visit:
If you love the change of season as much as I do, definitely go in April/May or September/early October. Lisbon was beautiful in the spring: blossoms, sunshine, happy people, birds everywhere and love in the air. And it is really one of the best places to spend Easter holidays in Europe.
Best Source Of Information:
I try not to read to much ahead, usually I print a map of the city, read one book related to the place I go (e.g. “Night Train to Lisbon”) and then I contact people who live in the city, for example through couchsurfing. Not many people know, that you can use couchsurfing for meeting local people, without actually be a couchsurfer. My best memories always include people and meet ups from this community. Give it a try! It’s an awesome way to learn new cultures.
You shouldn’t miss to take a ride with one of the vintage eléctricos around the city! It’s like traveling in time.
- Photographer: Elisaveta Schadrin-Esse |