Sunday, February 19, 2023
Yesterday, Saturday, was Mike's birthday. We didn't do anything much really but had a nice day. Headed to Rizzutos in Westport and had fun hanging out for a while before meeting up with our friend John at Edison.
Today we just slept in and then had lunch at Whitlocks. Now hanging out at Broken Symmetry for a bit. Will eventually catch up on some of our recorded TV.
But let's go back and finish my Europe recap. We reached Lisbon in the mid afternoon on Sunday and took a taxi to our hotel. The hotel was a bit outside of the city and we had originally planned on taking the train back and forth but we're faced with a train strike so we settled on taking Uber which worked out pretty well and wasn't terribly expensive either.
Headed to Rossio Square and walked all along the main street down to the waterfront. Checked out some restaurants along the way and eventually settled on a restaurant along the main drags. Very touristy but the food was super delicious. Mike had grilled sardines and I had Paella Negra.
On Monday we wanted to check out the famous yellow Lisbon trams and made our way to the 1st stop of the line 28 tram. I knew they were a big tourist attraction but didn't think we would stand in line for over an hour to actually board one. The experience was definitely worth it in the end. Lisbon is such a hilly city and the old trams go up and down these steep hills. If you are standing up you better hold on tight as there are quite a bit of sharp turns and sudden stops and starts.
Had lunch at a really neat Austrian Cafe, fittingly called Kaffeehaus. After lingering there for a while we walked around some more, took the tram to some pretty scenic view points and also checked out Lisbon Cathedral. Had some wine and bread/olives at another cafe before making our way back to near the seafront where we had more tapas and wine for dinner.
Tuesday we decided to head to Belem which is a neat neighborhood right by the water. Took a bunch of pictures and originally wanted to visit the monastery there before we found out that the line to get in was over an hour and a half long. So we abandoned that idea, walked around some more and eventually had lunch at a neat place overlooking the water. Hung out there for a while before taking the tram back into downtown Lisbon. Spent some time at a cafe in the square before heading to a wine bar for dinner. More delicious tapas. Had some fried sardines as well as some codfish cakes. Due to it being Valentines Day it was pretty busy but we hung out for about an hour and a half before heading back to the main drag. Had some more wine at a touristy spot before eventually ubering back to the hotel.
And Wednesday morning was our flight back to Boston already. Definitively an amazing trip and a super fun way to spend our anniversary (22 years ... crazy!) and Valentine's Day.
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