Pin It To kick off our babymoon, Paul and I jumped on a plane to Faro, Portugal, where we then jumped in a car and headed to the oldest city in Western Europe, Lisbon, Portugal. Lisbon is a beautiful city, which (in parts) still has that old town feel, something not a lot of big European cities still have....
Showing it's Moorish influence, its still common to see buildings covered in mosaic azulejos or tiles. The ones shown below, are typical Moorish fashion, consisting of geometric shapes. Some of the facades can get really fancy, as shown here in this post of Lisbon Lux Magazines most beautiful facades. I think I prefer the geometric shapes.
José, from Lisbon Chill Out Tours, showed to us the real Alfama. As we walked through the area, he greeted everyone, it seemed by name and explained to us the ins and outs of the area. We even (well not me) got to try some homemade Ginja (a Portuguese licquor made of sour cherries) from Tina, a woman who sells her homemade concoction outside her living room window in the Alfama district for one euro.
José. Not only did he show us the Alfama district, but he showed us the main non-tourist attractions Lisbon has to offer, sometimes taking us back in time, by having us close our eyes and painting a picture for us. At one time, I felt like I was really at the Onion field market, being introduced to an onion for the first time as an adult, eyes watering, wondering what this strange item is (as this is how items from all over the world were introduced to the people of Lisbon hundreds of years ago). If you are in Lisbon and want to see the sights from the perspective of a local, I highly recommend Lisbon Chill Out Tours!
the South of Portugal at the Yurt!