Lisbon Photos – Comfy and Cosmopolitan, but Not Costly




Even from its tourist ghettos, you sense Lisbon’s invitation to consider it as a place to live.  




By European standards Lisbon is a low-cost place to plant or come to play. 





It’s no wonder that it is emerging especially as a get-away place for French, Scandinavian and other Europeans.



Americans going to Europe this summer are well-advised to consider the no-charge 3-day Lisbon layover deal being offered by TAP airlines.  





3 days in Lisbon and its surrounds is time well spent.




With many historic buildings and public squares, Americans can get a quick reminder of how young our country is and how so many chapters in Western Civilization were written without America.




In retrospect, it’s amazing that one quickly learns to take its signature stone carpets (i.e. mosaic walkways and plazas) or stunning blue tile touches and murals for granted.






In Chiado and other neighborhoods you’ll find the same designer label stores and global brands that you find in major cities across the world. 



Why cross the ocean for that? 




Better to peek up alleys in search of a wandering rooster,






or pop into a stunning church,




or refresh at one of the many restaurants and watering holes at all price points you find in the city.







Some recommendations:


-Start your visit with an authentic Fado experience;


-Quickly get a sense of history:  Castelo Sao Jorge and Belem Tour


-Fine dining Portuguese style:  Bica do Sapato; Avillez restaurants; A Travessa and more;


-Canned food too?


-Two hotels:  LX Boutique Hotel and Inspira Santa Marta




The Visit Portugal website is a good place to begin planning how to get the most out of a Lisbon stopover.

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