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Four nights in Lisbon

lisbon_01At the start of September my brother and I spent a few days in Lisbon.

Since last year I’ve struggled to make the time to visit him down in London, and he’s been very busy with work, so we thought it’d be nice to have some sibling time together in a new place.

We stayed at LX Boutique Hotel right in the centre and spent our time there eating, drinking and walking – it was lovely!

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Our lovely hotel

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On the first day we did a walking tour with Lisbon Chill Out Tours – very, very good. We walked for about three hours and learned a lot about the history of the city. Our guide Joseph also took us through the Alfama district – an absolute must-see if you’re in Lisbon.

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A typical sight in the Alfama district of Lisbon

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There’s so much colour in Lisbon – beautiful

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Something I didn’t expect from Lisbon, was the stark contrast between rich and poor – it’s quite obvious everywhere you go.

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My only regret is not seeking out a Fado bar – but it’s good to leave a place with a reason to go back one day.

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Just around the corner from our hotel was a food market sponsored by Timeout –  we ate here quite a few times. We were also a stone’s throw from Cais do Sodré station, which we used to get just out of the city to view the Belem Tower and the Berardo Museum of modern art.

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We also took a day trip to Sintra to see the Palace – an absolutely stunning place to visit. It’s like a real life Disney land.

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We arrived home feeling well rested and well fed – just what I needed.

Have you visited anywhere new this summer?