8.11.11

We Loitered in Lisbon


Thank you to everyone that took part in my little guessing game! I was indeed in Lisboa!

I knew the instant we set foot upon the uneven cobbles of Lisbon that THIS, this was a city that we were going to LOVE.



















Lisbon's seams are worn ragged and while this may seem shabby to many, for us this is beauty of a unique and moving quality.

This is a living collage of history/culture/dilapidation/ but this is a city that will not ram it's qualities down your throat like so many other European cities would. This is a city that would rather let you discover it's wonder quietly and within your own time. Sadly, Lisbon and it's citizens have suffered gravely from the economic crisis and while the cost of living is on parr with the most expensive European cities, wages, and pensions are far below. Also, Lisbon has not experienced the gentrification and urban renewal like other cities that have been slapped with the COOL CITY label fully loaded with the creative crowd following closely behind....YET!

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world predating London, Paris and even Rome, it is a remarkably hilly place with streets that change from grand and wide parades that must have been resplendent in their former glory to compact, claustrophobic alley ways and stairways that go on for what seems like forever!

This is absolutely my favourite city that I have visit in Europe. I cannot imagine a city with more interesting textures or a more unique skin such as this. I just cannot wait to visit again. In the meanwhile, I have so many stories to share with you and I hope that you will stick around for my babbling tales.

21 comments:

  1. I will have to get to Lisbon, as these are wonderful! x

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  2. Beautiful pictures and words, as always. I definitely want to visit this city in the next couple of years.

    Nic x

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  3. So glad you loved my city :D Come back anytime!

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  4. What great pictures! Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Such beautiful photographs ! When did you go to Lisbon ? This definitely looks like a place I'd like to visit. Of late, Portugal has been one of the top countries I want to visit when I take a break in January before full time work. I had Portugese customers coming in the other day for foreign exchange (they didn't speak much English but luckily there are some similar words in French, I suppose since European languages originate from Latin !) and they were telling me all about where they were from. I'm intrigued.

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  6. Seems like a unique place to visit that is rich in its urban culture.

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  7. Definitely sticking around for these stories!

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  8. This type of city is so romantic to me <3

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  9. Wow, your pictures are truly stunning! I've never been to Lisbon before, the only Spanish city I've been to is Barcelona. Lisbon looks like an amazing place!

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  10. I adore your travel posts! I think it is wonderful that you have the opportunity to travel so much! Thank you for sharing.

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  11. Woow such beautiful photos. I really love places like this. As the country grows and changes the foundations still remain the same <3

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  12. I was so nice to see your pictures and read your posts about this city because I love Lisbon. It has a special and unique charm. Every time I visit it, I have the impression that time has stopped to 50 years ago...

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  13. it looks wonderful, the photos are beautiful and they make me want to be there now, it looks like it has so much more character than english cities!

    MADAM PATTY

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  14. I would never have guessed this one. I have never been, looks very interesting. Xxxx

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  15. You always make me want to travel, like right this VERY moment. This sounds like it was a great adventure.

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  16. it's been awhile since i've visited your blog D: i apologize! but your photography just keeps getting better and better. you make me want to go travel just to refresh my creativity again!

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  17. Yeeeah ! I guessed right ! *o* I love LIsboa as well. ^^

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  18. I'm an American living in Lisbon for almost a decade and I must say I have never read such an accurate description of the city. Many tourists just see the main monuments and museums and fail to capture the real essence and soul of Lisbon. You're absolutely right about its authenticity and non-gentrification (although we do see that in the trendier neighborhoods of Chiado and Principe Real).
    Do return to Lisbon, and next time also visit Sintra. And come in the Spring. The city and its light is breathtaking when seen from the viewpoints at that time.

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  19. Love the photos and the text that always accompanies them! Or should I say the text and photos the photos that complement your words?

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  20. Love the photos and the text that always accompanies them! Or should I say the text and photos the photos that complement your words?

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