27-06-2016 to 28-06-2016
Today is my last full day of the first leg of my European tour: Lisbon and I leave for Florence tomorrow at lunchtime. It has been a fantastic month, although I feel I’ve only scratched the surface of this city. My lasting impressions are: the friendly, easygoing Portuguese people, the stunning old architecture, the amazing vistas across the city, the street art and art galleries everywhere, the modern architecture, the amazing value, the excellent transport, the constant sunshine, the fresh fish, and, of course, those yummy custard pies - Pastel de Nata.
I loved getting up each morning, opening the blinds and the windows and sitting in the window seat, in my apartment on the edge of Bairro Alto, eating my breakfast as I listened to the sounds of the city and looked out over the streets and roof tops to distant domes and quirky houses on the horizon, topped by a deep blue sky and bathed in sunshine. It was a fantastic way to start each day, planning the adventures ahead.
When I arrived here my plan was to focus mainly on writing the first draft of my second novel. But I got diverted and I didn’t achieve that goal.
However , along with exploring the city, I did a lot of research, thinking, looking, reading, photographing and blogging and I progressed the novel a certain amount and also started writing a novella in parallel. Like my travels in the city, I allowed myself get lost and enjoyed the random discovery in finding new places, new things, new ideas which I would never have considered.
From the hundreds of photographs I’ve taken over the last 30 days I’ve put together a collection of my best images - Click the button below for the gallery.
Overall it’s a fantastic city.
Obrigado, Lisbon, I’ll be back again soon, but tomorrow it's on to Florence...