Return to the blogging!

It’s been a while readers but I’m finally back and on the blog again! Blame DIY and a curious case of Globus Hystericus for my lengthy absence!

But I’ve not been sitting still during this prolonged radio silence so with no further ado let’s look at the latest trip – Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais!

I’ve been to Portugal a few times in the past but it’s only ever been to the Algarve area. While there is lots of out of the way places there it never feels particularly off the beaten track.

But this trip provided us with a slightly more rugged, wilder side of this little country.

Starting off our ten day trip we headed to Lisbon, the busy capital city and stayed in the delightful Sao Mamede 29

Situated in the old Alfama district this gorgeous airy flat was within walking distance of two metro stations, a large supermarket, the castle and other attractions.

Colourful Lisbon has a host of details to catch the eye including the ubiquitous detailed tiling found on nearly every house and the soulful Fado music drifting out of darkened bar doorways.

First on our trot out –  a visit to the city’s São Jorge Castle. Perched high on a hillside overlooking the hustle and bustle the Moorish castle has seen the rise and fall of a fair few civilisations.

The views from the castle are hazy but far reaching. An impressive panorama of the city can be viewed from its ramparts.

The castle walls and towers were constructed during the Moorish occupation of Lisbon.

The fortifications make for an impressive sight to wander around and enjoy.

The vivid green of the old moat contrasts pleasingly with the weathered old wall.

There are lots of quirky little details to spot and a glut of peacocks strutting about.

Definitely worth whiling away a few hours if you get the chance to visit – there’s even an elevator that will take you part of the way up the steep hill to save your legs.

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