Pretty iron grill-work balconies in Lisbon, Portugal

On our recent trip to Portugal, we were fortunate in that the weather during our week in the Alentejo region was absolutely spectacular.  Unfortunately, the book ends of our trip – two weekends spent in Lisbon – were more typical of November weather with several days of showers or outright downpours.  But even on a gloomy day Lisbon is a spectacularly beautiful city.  Here are a few pictures to give you an idea…

Of the ornate iron grill-work balconies…

Pretty iron grill-work balconies in Lisbon, Portugal

Historic shops (this one dating back from 1888!)…

Photo of Paris em Lisboa shop in Chiado

(And this glove shop from 1925!)

Photo of Luvaria Ulisses glove shop in Lisbon

Vintage street cars make their daily routes up and down the hills of the city…

Tram car along the Mirador de Sao Pedro de Alcantra, Lisbon

And the hilly landscape provides for stunning vistas at pretty much every turn!

View of Elevador de Santa Justa and downtown Lisbon

Being forced indoors out of the rain wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, either.  We browsed tons of bookstores (the Portuguese are rightly proud of their literary heritage – author Fernando Pessoa is one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest poets of the Portuguese language), and I even came across the lesser known but equally charming Fernanda Pessoa in Livraria Bertrand (a charming bookstore which has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest bookstore in the world still in operation!)

Lisbon is a city with charm, history, beauty and culture.  I feel rightly proud to have been born there, so I’m raising this glass in thanks.




    • Joana says:

      Thanks, birthday girl! Hope you’re having a wonderful morning. 🙂 xox – Joana

    • Joana says:

      Thanks so much for your nice comment and for visiting my blog! Hope you have a happy Sunday!

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