Day 2 in Lisbon! Man, was it HOT. As usual, we didn't have much of a plan. When we travel, Fionn is the map guy, we pick out a few places we want to see, and we just wander. He reads the map, and we meander our way through the city, stopping wherever we want. It's fun and not stressful, which is how vacations should be, right?
A Portuguese literary great
Aren't the sidewalks so cool? This style of paving is everywhere. I wish we would have taken more pictures of all the crazy designs! It was enough to make you dizzy sometimes.
We stopped for lunch at a little hole in the wall where we quickly learned the menu was only in Portuguese and our waiter couldn't really speak English.
"You like fish? You like meat?"
Fionn and I exchanged a glance. Yes? I guess so?
"I bring you some! One minute!"
Fionn ended up with a Lisboan specialty-fried sardines. Sardines were a big deal in Lisbon, in fact, we missed the annual Lisbon Sardine Festival by one week! Fionn, ever the adventurous eater, gobbled his sardines right up and even shared a few with me too.
My meal was definitely underwhelming-strips of veal fried in butter, covered in a butter sauce, and served with fried potatoes swimming in...what else, butter. It was disappointing, but only 5 euro, so I couldn't complain. I curbed my hunger pains with some delicious Pão de Deus, literally, God's Bread, a sweet yeast bread with a gooey coconut topping. I'm drooling just thinking about it...
After lunch we started the climb up to the old Moorish Castle, where we spent a few hours climbing the castle, avoiding groups of screeching school kids playing some kind of capture the flag game, and taking pictures of lovely Lisbon.
All the oak trees reminded me of Georgia!
After that we started downhill, hungry for ice cream. Along the way we found some gorgeous tiled houses and cool street art.
And finally, after a long hard day of sightseeing in July heat, we had an ice cream cone with chocolate, amaretto-cherry, and speculaas. They even made it into a flower! Mmmmm
That's almost the end of our trip! Our final day we took an X-Day tour with the Lisbon based company We Hate Tourism Tours. With a name like that, you can imagine it wasn't your average tour!
Man, I love Portugal. :)