A LOVE LETTER TO LISBON
The sun was already high in the sky when we got on a tram ready to get lost in Lisbon's mosaic charm, retro tucked-away places and cozy rooftop bars
Words: Emily Georgieva
Photography: Josh Duke, Vitor Pinto, Bambi Corro, Fimone Fisher, Riley
10 November 2020
It felt surreal to finally be in Lisbon after longing to go there for so long. The sun was already high in the sky when we got on the tram for the first time. The sunrays had already warmed up the wooden floor and the seats as we headed uphill on the narrow way leading us further into the city. At that moment I felt pure happiness.
The air already felt salty. As Lisbon is situated on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus, the presence of the ocean quickly became noticeable. It was easy to see why so many travellers made their way to Portugal just so they can blend in with the crowds in this magical location. It felt good getting lost in this city of pastel colours, endless sunshine and stunning architecture.
The busy street life surrounded us from all sides. The tram continued on its route, passing by kids playing games on the sidewalks, tourists navigating towards monuments and families sat in cozy coffee places. The local and tourist life in Lisbon was thriving and it was incredible to be part of it all.
When we got off the tram, we walked around with no sense of direction. We tried to blend in with the locals around us who were either shopping in the markets for fresh vegetables and fruits or drinking chilled wine in retro-looking restaurants. One of Europe's oldest and most impressive cities, Lisbon had so much for us to see and experience.
To make sure we made the most of our visit here, we made a stop at a few rooftop bars and restaurants where the local wine and food lived up to its reputation. The design of the city with its distinctive public and residential buildings captured our interest straight away and we decided to visit The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology where we couldn't help but spend hours.
At sunset, we walked along the beach as the city was getting gradually busier, which only emphasised the charm of Lisbon. Young people in love were holding hands and older lovers smiling at each other were walking side by side, passing us by. The water was shining with the last sunrays of the day and the night slowly turned the city into a velvet dream. Lisbon was more beautiful than how I imagined it would be. When the nigh slowly faded into the elegance of the morning, I couldn't wait to experience the city all over again.
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