We’re off to Lisbon, Portugal!

This week is my last trip of the year and I’m off to Lisboa / Lisbon, Portugal, with David. The pictures I’ve seen online of the Portuguese capital look incredibly beautiful, and the guest house I booked, Residencial Vila Nova, looks really nice and in a great location. Plus it’s still 20°C and sunny there whereas it’s 10°C and rainy here so I am really eager to get to Portugal!  We’re flying out of Geneva so luckily the strikes in France don’t affect us and we’re on a real airline (TAP) so even though I’m still a little apprehensive about flying again (thanks Sleazyjet), getting drinks for free will feel like Christmas to me.

I’ll be taking lots of photos and collecting realia of Portuguese to put on the site next weekend.

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  • Trishladish1

    I spent 2 weeks in Portugal and saw so much of the country. Lisbon is stunning. Try to get to Sintra…I think there is a train. The Moorish castle and Palacio de Pena should not be missed.

  • Trishladish1

    I spent 2 weeks in Portugal and saw so much of the country. Lisbon is stunning. Try to get to Sintra…I think there is a train. The Moorish castle and Palacio de Pena should not be missed.

  • Trishladish1

    I spent 2 weeks in Portugal and saw so much of the country. Lisbon is stunning. Try to get to Sintra…I think there is a train. The Moorish castle and Palacio de Pena should not be missed.

  • http://www.american-in-france.com Cynthia in Chambery

    The hotel looks amazing, Jennie, and so does the city. Ah, someday… Hope you’re having a great time! Cynthia in Chambery

  • http://www.ikindalikelanguages.com lyzazel – Linas

    That is awesome. I spent five months in Lisbon and I got to know the city pretty well (I didn’t waste my time). The location is indeed not bad: you’ve got a 15 minutes walk down to the center and if you go up there’s another park, then another one and then the Gulbenkian park, check those out, especially the last one. Go to Belem and get some pasteis do Belem: they’re very good. Parque das Nacoeis is also a nice quarter-day trip and you can do it by metro. You can get a very cheap (under one or two euro, I think) boat from the port to the other side of the city and going on the statue is 4 euro: it’s a nice view of the city. Make sure to go to Baixa-chiado to look around and then bairro alto for the night life.

    As far as out of city trips go, as it has been suggested, do Sintra and also you can get a train to Cascais for under two euro. There are free bikes there so you can get one if you are lucky to come in the right hour (check it online). If you do, you can have a wonderful ride in Cascais near the coastline. Cabo da Roca which is the Westernmost point of Europe is also worth a visit just for the view.

  • http://howlearnspanish.com/ Andrew

    Hope you enjoy yourself, and I very much approve of your decision to go with a proper non-budget airline this time, especially being sure to avoid EasyJet.

    Do you speak any Portuguese?

    Cheers,
    Andrew

  • Anna Van Sant

    I chose Portugal for my Easter vacation during my year abroad in Paris, the trip almost got cancelled because of the volcano but I managed to reschedule my outgoing flight on TAP and I was so glad I did. Too bad I had Ryan Air going back and not the other way around – I would have liked to have the extra, non-charged, luggage allowance to bring back some awesome porto from the Port Wine Institute (which I highly recommend, though I know not everyone likes port). Hope you have as good a time as I did!

  • Anonymous

    good

    good

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    Yes, we had a great time! Loved Portugal so much! And being on a real airline was like heaven. TAP was very good!

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    No more low-cost for me, ever! The difference between low-cost and real airlines is amazing. I had forgotten what it was like. Even David was surprised that he could get a second drink for free. lol

    I just know some basic greetings and numbers in Portuguese. I’m definitely going to learn it since I plan on learning all the Romance languages.

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    It was indeed awesome. I can’t wait to go back and do the things we missed out on (Cascais and taking the ferry across, among others). I love Portugal!!

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    It was the cleanest and best decorated hotel I’ve ever been in. Only 49€ a night too!

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    Sintra was just beautiful. We even walked all the way up to the palace. Must go back to Portugal now! What a great place!

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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