Planning a vacation to Portugal was the best thing we could have done at the end of the summer. For one reason the airfares go down tremendously even if you buy your ticket early.
Can I say I love HomeAway better then most hotels in Europe. They are usually in better locations and the rates are much cheaper then a hotel. I split up the trip in 3 parts for a 8 day vacation to Lisbon Portugal.
It rained so we shopped at the boutiques. Lisbon, Portugal is known for the street art so we went looking for it.
Bought 2 umbrellas so don't forget to bring them if it rains a little but when it does it pours. We made a tour of shopping, eating and eating some more : )
What a day in Portugal, Lisbon. I climbed to the top of Lisbon but it took me and Jeffrey 2 hours from the train station. By the time we got there our legs were shaking from being so tired but when you see the view overlooking the city. It will take your breath away.
There are tons of people trying to sell you a fake antique or a selfie-stick. Jeff and I spoke English and then I would bargain in Portuguese. It threw them off and we got much better prices. We would all laugh at the end, one guy said that it's the way people present themselves that give it away your nationality, not just the way you look.. As one person put it, Americans are more relaxed, who would of thought!
We walked the streets and tried to find places that the locals would go. The city is old and new at the same time and the tourist are everywhere from German, France, England and China. No Americans, we asked the locals if there were any Americans and they said not a lot in the last 5 years.
Completely delightful and perfect English speaking, which Jeffrey responded in the little Portuguese that he learned. This was our first stop in the morning and our final stop in the evening to buy Porto wine, biscuits, cheese and pastries.
The best part about this day was meeting the deli man, which soon became Jeffrey best friend. He gave us the history of Porto wine and brief history of Lisbon. Completely delightful and perfect English speaking, which Jeffrey responded in the little Portuguese that he learned. This was our first stop in the morning and our final stop in the evening to buy Porto wine, biscuits, cheese and pastries.
Return to Miami
At the end of the day I would ask Jeffrey what did he like the most about the day, his responses was always, "being with you and the food!" And I the same, boa férias!
Tips for Trip:
- Bring plenty of batteries
- Bring old wash clothes and leave them after your trip - they have none
- Nail file & clippers-don't bother doing your nails it's $9 for a file
- They don't serve ice in your drinks so you need to ask
- Pack for warm and bring a sweater, gets cold at night
- Pack light, we bought stuff here 1 bag free 2nd bag $100
- Eat sandwiches during the day and splurge on dinner
- They don't include tips so we made sure to leave a tip 🙂
- They are known for their cork products because the tree only grow in Portugal
- Bring earplugs and eye mask for sleeping - the plane ride is 8 hours
- Drink Porto Wine - Native to Porto, Portugal
- Plan ahead and you'll have a great time!