It’s been just shy of a week that I’ve been back from Lisbon now and I can’t help but constantly reminisce over the hundreds – yes, hundreds – of photos taken. Lisbon was a popular destination in 2016 for many bloggers, and I read post after post about all the wonderful sights, colours, and tiles. It isn’t, though, until being there that I truly realised that Lisbon is more than an aesthetic or a fabulous place to get seafood (although it does prove to be both of those things). Lisbon is also a city made out of pure magic. The buildings and numerous flats seem to topple one another, as they are literally built one on top of the other. It is a city that is clearly lived in, but is also loved. The people living in those tiny attic-like flats have lived there for their entire lives – some inheriting the property from their grandparents or parents. It is steeped in history – one of my favourite examples of this being the larger-than-my-imagination Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.
However, there is also a distinct art scene, brought about by the unavoidable young creatives who have livened the city with graffiti, paintings, quotes, and a consistent flow of music that never seems to leave the air.
Lisbon is a city that is alive, and will resuscitate you with it’s generous breath.
Look out for part two of my Lisbon diaries!