There’s nothing better a weekend with friends in a new city, exploring, eating, laughing and Lisbon is where me and my girlfriends escaped to for just that last September. I don’t know why I haven’t popped this post and vlog up yet but thought it seemed a good time as I know a few people heading there this year. We ate some amazing food and drank even more amazing wine out there, I’ve listed some of the places below but the main thing about this break and any trip I go on, is spending time with the people I’m with and taking a moment to look at life through fresh eyes…
On the first night, I saw a shooting star whilst sipping a cocktail at the gorgeous Sky bar and it was at a really significant moment during the conversation we were having. It was the second shooting star I’ve ever seen, I don’t know why I’m telling you this but perhaps that star marked a really special moment for me. It was kind of the moment I realised I had to love myself and take the biggest leap of my life. That’s why I called this blog post Lisbon love and why I would always say the answer to everything in life is a city break with your girlfriends ;).
The vlog just shows a little 24 hours of girliness but the trip bought so much more. The city is beautiful in a very understated way, I’ve never been anywhere like it before. The streets are full of wall art and pastels and although after 3 days, I am in no way an expert, I know when a city has a lot to offer and I feel like we only scrapped the surface. I’d go back 100 times over.
I’d go back 100 times just to stay in our apartment again. I found Baixa House through another blog and it was a dream. I want to live there! I know it’s only a roof over your head when you’re away but, for me, I just love all the little details. I love the waking up on holiday and having breakfast on the balcony or overlooking the street, I love the getting ready dancing to music and having a drink before heading out so the apartment is always important and has to be in the best location. I’d always pay a little bit extra for this because it just makes your trip so much more enjoyable. Baixa House was an ideal location for us as a short walk from the bars, restaurants and train station. They also delivered breakfast to your door every morning with fresh bread, a home made cake and homemade muesli and marmalade.
The first place we stumbled across for a taste of Lisbon was the Time Out Food Market. Loved the vibe in this indoor market, it’s really buzzy and lots of choices for a relaxed bite to eat. I also bought a print from here which is yet to be put on my wall but it will!
On the second night we went to another roof top bar which has a more relaxed cool vibe than the sleek Sky bar. Toni has been to Lisbon before and took us to this very quiet car park, after going up many stories we got to PARK. We danced and danced here.
Completely randomly we also stumbled across this cute library/coffee shop called Landeau and oh my goodness has the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had in my life. We sat their reading Portuguese cookbooks and drinking hot chocolates for hours.
We did so so much more but as it was 6 months ago and I didn’t journal then, I haven’t got much else (bad blogger) but I’d definitely recommend a day at the beach and Pink Street is great for food and night life. I don’t think you really need a plan when you come to Lisbon though, just come and fall in love like me.
I’ve got trips this year so far to Ibiza, Kefalonia, Palma and The Algarve in Portugal so I’ll make sure I vlog and blog them all. I’m journalling a lot more offline this year too which I’d recommend to everyone. Keep tickets, Polaroid’s, receipts, it’s the most special thing to look back on one day.
Love, Lottie x