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    Maeve Waite

    24 year old work psychologist, mental health advocate and future dachshund owner. occasional writer, baker and photo taker. posts have been featured on time to change and mental movement magazine, and I sometimes like to write all lower case.
    Lisbon, Portugal

    Lisbon | Photo Diary


    At the start of June, a couple of friends and I headed off to Lisbon for a weekend of sun and sightseeing. It was my first time ever to the capital, and also to Portugal - those I've somehow already managed to visit several Portuguese colonies...?


    Anyways, I'd heard good things about Lisbon, having heard it's quite a popular destination at the moment, and it didn't disappoint.
    From my other trips, I'd seen influences of Portuguese architecture and food which I loved, so to be right in the heart of it was amazing. Pastels, pasteis de nata, and so many hand-painted tiles and it was all beautiful.

    Staying at the Czar hotel in central Lisbon, we spent Saturday-Tuesday there, with an early flight out of Heathrow and an evening flight back into London City Airport. 
    Tip: If you're not great with flying, I'd avoid using City airport unless you have to - one of the most turbulent landings home!

    Over the weekend we explored the city - first we visited the pop-up Sweet Art Museum  which is basically every kid-who's-ever -seen-Willy-Wonka-and-the-Chocolate-Factory's wish come true. Free sweets as you go round, fun games to play and a massive marshmallow pit - you can't go wrong.
    N.B. this pop-up is coming to London soon...!


    The rest of Saturday was spent hitting up Parque das Nações - a beautiful chilled out part of town with cable cars, the marina and the university. We had lunch at a cafe overlooking the yachts on the water, feeling so peaceful so far away from the main city. I had no idea Lisbon was this big! 


    Sunday was spent up at Sintra, which is a town about an hour out of Lisbon in the mountains. I've done a separate post about our day there, which you can read more about here!

    Taken by my friend Jo!

    Monday took us to and around Alfama to visit the Time Out Market, the comercio plaza, Rossio, and Pink Street, a colourful street that used to be Lisbon's red light district; as well as Belem, where we got the famous egg tarts and where my friends surprised me with an early birthday sunset boat cruise (with wine)!

    I have never been sailing before so wasn't totally sure what to expect, but I completely loved it!

    We left Belem early evening and sailed up towards the main city, past Lisbon's version of the Golden Gate Bridge. I actually did a boat tour around the real version in San Francisco as part of my solo travel in 2015, so it was so nostalgic to be doing something similar in a completely different place! It was such a lovely present from the girls and totally unexpected - I honestly wouldn't have thought to do it - so thank you to them for one of the best presents ever.

    I totally recommend taking the boat tour if you want to get a different view of Lisbon - and their sunsets are stunning.

    Points from Lisbon:
    • for the love of god bring good shoes because it is HILLY
    • sometimes the metro only fits half the platform, so stand in the middle if you want a seat
    • the street art is everywhere and it's gorgeous
    • if you're a bit further out of the city you may end up walking on main roads
    • the egg tarts at Pasteis de Belem are second to none (but pricey).

    If you like this post, please give it a pin!

    M x


    At the start of June, a couple of friends and I headed off to Lisbon for a weekend of sun and sightseeing. It was my first time ever to the capital, and also to Portugal - those I've somehow already managed to visit several Portuguese colonies...?


    Anyways, I'd heard good things about Lisbon, having heard it's quite a popular destination at the moment, and it didn't disappoint.
    From my other trips, I'd seen influences of Portuguese architecture and food which I loved, so to be right in the heart of it was amazing. Pastels, pasteis de nata, and so many hand-painted tiles and it was all beautiful.

    Staying at the Czar hotel in central Lisbon, we spent Saturday-Tuesday there, with an early flight out of Heathrow and an evening flight back into London City Airport. 
    Tip: If you're not great with flying, I'd avoid using City airport unless you have to - one of the most turbulent landings home!

    Over the weekend we explored the city - first we visited the pop-up Sweet Art Museum  which is basically every kid-who's-ever -seen-Willy-Wonka-and-the-Chocolate-Factory's wish come true. Free sweets as you go round, fun games to play and a massive marshmallow pit - you can't go wrong.
    N.B. this pop-up is coming to London soon...!


    The rest of Saturday was spent hitting up Parque das Nações - a beautiful chilled out part of town with cable cars, the marina and the university. We had lunch at a cafe overlooking the yachts on the water, feeling so peaceful so far away from the main city. I had no idea Lisbon was this big! 


    Sunday was spent up at Sintra, which is a town about an hour out of Lisbon in the mountains. I've done a separate post about our day there, which you can read more about here!

    Taken by my friend Jo!

    Monday took us to and around Alfama to visit the Time Out Market, the comercio plaza, Rossio, and Pink Street, a colourful street that used to be Lisbon's red light district; as well as Belem, where we got the famous egg tarts and where my friends surprised me with an early birthday sunset boat cruise (with wine)!

    I have never been sailing before so wasn't totally sure what to expect, but I completely loved it!

    We left Belem early evening and sailed up towards the main city, past Lisbon's version of the Golden Gate Bridge. I actually did a boat tour around the real version in San Francisco as part of my solo travel in 2015, so it was so nostalgic to be doing something similar in a completely different place! It was such a lovely present from the girls and totally unexpected - I honestly wouldn't have thought to do it - so thank you to them for one of the best presents ever.

    I totally recommend taking the boat tour if you want to get a different view of Lisbon - and their sunsets are stunning.

    Points from Lisbon:
    • for the love of god bring good shoes because it is HILLY
    • sometimes the metro only fits half the platform, so stand in the middle if you want a seat
    • the street art is everywhere and it's gorgeous
    • if you're a bit further out of the city you may end up walking on main roads
    • the egg tarts at Pasteis de Belem are second to none (but pricey).

    If you like this post, please give it a pin!

    M x

    . Tuesday, 17 July 2018 .

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