WEEKEND in LISBON
On my way home from Paris I decided to stop over for a weekend in Lisbon, Portugal. I’m so glad I did. Lisbon covers many hills at the mouth of the Tagus River. It is filled with narrow streets charming houses and villas, Baroque churches, and a medieval castle commanding the most spectacular views. The city maintains much of it’s 19th century charm and it’s a pleasure to be in a European capital city that isn’t overflowing with American chain stores and a Starbucks on every corner
The city is a short (and very reasonable) taxi ride from the airport. I booked a room at the Hotel Altis and couldn’t have been happier. It’s not a boutique hotel, but it has been recently been renovated with a 70’s vibe and it was very pleasant.
Lisbon is a late-night city. I went to a wonderful Italian restaurant GUILTY! near my hotel and at 10 PM and was one of the first to arrive. It filled up quickly and I’m quite sure the crowd was just getting started for the night.
Castle of São Jorge
The Castle is a great place to start get your bearings and see Lisbon from a birds eye view. Climb the towers and the catwalks to get a 360 view of Lisbon and the surrounding countryside and make sure to visit the village within the Castle walls.
I took the number 15 street car to visit the suburb of Belem and the Belem Tower. The tower, built in the 16th century, is a fine example of the Portuguese Manueline style.
I’ve been inspired by the painted tiles (azulejo) of Portugal for many years.
Influences have appeared in my mural work and my tabletop designs for LENOX. It’s a little out of the way, but well worth visiting. It was one of the highlights of my weekend in Lisbon.
A weekend really isn’t enough time to experience all that Lisbon has to offer and I look forward to visiting again in the near future.