If you follow us regularly, you’ll probably notice both Dan and I have been travelling a lot for work. Our last weekend trip was stapled onto a work trip Dan had in Oslo, Norway and this time it was my turn to travel for work and have Dan come visit me on the weekend! I’m working on some really cool projects across Europe right now, and lucky for me, two of them are in Portugal. After a few days in Lisbon and Porto for work, Dan joined me Friday evening for a weekend of exploring.
For some reason (which were both still not entirely sure why) we did a hop-on hop-off bus tour of the city. We rarely do this, but it ended up working out great as it got us quickly to some of the main sites…although in retrospect, we only used the bus about 2, maybe 3 times 😉
First stop: Belém Tower – a stunning tower structure that from afar looks like it is floating off of the Lisbon shoreline.
After snapping a few photos and walking along the shore, we walked over to Pasteis de Belem, the world famous bakery known for its Pastéis de Nata (custard tarts)! We were warned that the queue would be quite long, but it would be worth the wait. Luckily, we only had to wait a few minutes before we had the most delicious, warm custard tarts in our possession! Unlike a lot of places that are very hyped up about being “the best”, this place totally lived up to the hype – they were outstanding! Totally worth it if you’re in the area!
A quick Uber away (not the bus :)) was the, also very famous, TimeOut market, where we enjoyed some delicious lunch.
We spent the remainder of the day wandering around various neighborhoods, while gawking at all of the gorgeous architecture and TILES. I fell in love with the tiles. I took close to 100 photos of buildings and tiles. We even ended up visiting a tile shop to purchase some to bring home with us!
That evening we had a really good Portuguese dinner at a really cool, funky restaurant and topped off the night with some incredible wine at what is now possibly my favourite wine bar ever. The entire building was covered in beautiful green glass wine bottles and their service and selection was FAB!
On Sunday we did a bit more exploring, but mostly just enjoyed relaxing and walking in the sunshine. We had the most perfect weather while in Lisbon, about 65-70 degrees and sunny the entire time. We loved the food, the wine, the culture, and just about everything!
It was a lovely, relaxing weekend. I’m so grateful that I am able to work on a project in this incredible country!