Have you ever visited Lisbon, Portugal? After my reading in London, I came back to New York and in a last minute decision decided to head to Lisbon to meet friends. The kids ended up being away anyway for a little family vacation of their very own, so it worked out perfectly. Of course, I could have stayed home, reset, and tackled a few things without them. But, taking the chance to skip town and shut down my phone a bit really helped me more than I can articulate…
The people in Lisbon don’t have much, but are happy. The sardines were plentiful, the coffee so incredibly cheap, and the walking a bit, arduous. I’m sure everyone has the most amazing legs. And I heard that their life span (the fish and walking, I assume) is one of the highest! The palette of the buildings left me gasping, and the scenes and energy can not be replicated. I didn’t bring much with me, which made the trip incredibly easy as well.
Besides walking and partaking in a weekend of dancing and festivals, I also took a boat to Sintra and explored castles. Apparently, Madonna once lived in Sintra as well. ha!
I couldn’t have done the trip without a pair of sneakers and my Birkenstocks when my feet needed to be out and comfortable. The hills are so incredibly steep and there’s a lot of walking. So if you’re visiting, be prepared.
I also couldn’t have done the trip with a slightly more open diet. While I mostly consider myself a vegeterian, the food to eat and quite routinely offered in Portugal, is sardines and bread. Any way you can have them. Any way you’d want them, morning, noon and night. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical, but truly enjoyed indulging in what Portugual offered.
The winding streets were breathtaking. At night, all I wanted to do was overlook the city.
When I returned home, I felt refreshed (and a bit jet lagged) and ready to tackle work, Oak’s birthday and everything else waiting in New York for me. Do you take short trips alone? I’ve become such a big fan for so many reasons.
P.S some of these photos were shot on film and some on digitial. Also, another thing I can’t go without these days!