Lisbon: Exploring The Side Streets
On day 2 in Lisbon with this our second trip to the city, we took a leisurely approach to spending the day. Ditching the yellow bus hop on hop off tour, we stopped at Rossio Square and walked towards next door Praca da Figueira. It really pays to explore the city by foot, because no matter how much you think you have covered the area, you still find new nooks and crannies. A pleasant surprise when we saw a side street that we paid very little attention to on previous walks around this area.
This little street, more of an alley, is lined with restaurants and stores and murals on the wall.
From here, we crossed Praca da Figueira to our old stomping ground (well, where we stayed on our first trip here) Rua das portas de Santo Antao, a pedestrian only street behind the National Theater that is filled with restaurants and hotels and souvenir stores. We were feeling a bit nostalgic. I really enjoyed my stay in this street before, but the hotel we are staying in this trip is actually a couple of blocks away so we are basically in the same neighborhood anyway.
The National Theater
The ginja house
Does not look much, but what this hotel have is location, location, location. The hotel we stayed in our first trip.
Along the length of the street, we went sightseeing and talked to people and of course took a lot of photos.
At the end of the street, we saw the funicular. The funicular and the Number 28 tram are included when you purchase a ticket to the yellow bus hop on hop off tour, so we went and rode the funicular up the hill with only one local with us and then back down the hill and along the way we were marveling at all the azulejos (tiles) on the houses.
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