An Introduction to the land of the Port Wine, Vasco da Gama, fresh Sea Food and... Great Cookies!

I gave it quite some thought how I would describe Lisbon and at end I came to ‘it’s OK’; there surely were some great moments but those were primarily because of the company I was with or the food. As a city I wouldn’t rate it very high, some nice Art Deco buildings and some important things to see but not to be compared to – let’s say – the city of Prague.

This does however not mean that I did not have a great break – actually it was wonderful to be in another surrounding for a couple of days! And like I said: I spend a nice time talking, eating and… doh… drinking!

What does one need to know about Lisbon? Personally I loved it because it is in the country of the Port Wines; one of my favorite alcoholic beverages – and believe me: the visit we paid to the ‘National Museum of Port Wines’ was VERY tasty! Besides this Lisbon is also remarkable because of the huge public (although payable obviously) elevators they have built to spare people to have to climb the hills by foot…. And believe me: there is a reason why I use the term ‘hill’! Besides these elevators Lisbon also uses very, very old trams to take the public up or down the hills; these trams are real beauties and bring you immediately 50 or more years back in time… needless to say you should not expect to break any speed records…

Another thing I already mentioned: the food, especially the sea food is of very good quality and the price is more than fair – you can really not miss this when in Lisbon! Do note that the city of Lisbon is rather big and is divided into different ‘districts’ – always make sure to visit Belem as it houses a lot of things you should really not miss – have a look at the pictures in the ‘Lisbon’ –album and you will see!

Unfortunately the current economic challenges are quite visible in Lisbon; there are a lot of people who are really struggling to make ends meet… unfortunately not all succeed and are therefore forced to live a life on the streets… I really hope this crisis situation soon ends… for all of us but surely for those not so fortunate as us…