Day 5 - Wednesday 2 September 2015
We had gone to bed the night before at around 11pm but still managed to sleep until 10am the following day. We both love our sleep! We were both feeling crappy so we lay in bed and called Shannon.
After the call we dressed and went wandering. This was our last full day in Lisbon.
We decided to wander up the hill as we hadn't been that way yet. The streets were really quiet it was a little creepy. We walked to a lookout so we could see up over the city. It was really beautiful, the buildings are so colourful here.
We wanted to do some shopping so walked to the other side of town where the good shops were (as told by Simon our Segway tour guide). We shopped for a little bit and stopped for lunch at a burger place called Honorato. They burgers had the bun sliced 3 ways so the meat and cheese were separated from the salad. They were delicious.
As this was our last full day we reflected on how we had found Lisbon and came up with the following.
11 observations of Lisbon:
1. Everyone smokes & cigarette butts line the streets
2. The Portuguese love tiles, they are all over everything
3. The streets & paths are all cobblestone
4. There is a big graffiti art culture
5. It's very hilly, you can't go anywhere without going up or down a hill
6. Portuguese women are really attractive
7. The food is salty
8. There are tourists everywhere
9. Taxi drivers drive like maniacs
10. The poets & artists are very big features around the city
11. The cocktails are really strong everywhere you go
After lunch we continued shopping but decided to split up. Jazz found a massage place called Vatni and booked us both in for massages one after another. She went first and I went second. They masseuse didn't speak English expect for: hello, relax & thank you. The massage was amazing. We both felt 10x better afterwards.
We came back to the apartment and had a rest until dinner.
Earlier that day we had walked past a nice looking restaurant near our apartment called Solar Dos Presuntos. It had a big lobster tank, whole fish on ice in the window and legs of jamon hanging up drying. We looked it up when we got home and the reviews were good so we waited until we were hungry again and wandered down for dinner.
The restaurant was very busy but they managed to squeeze us in. At all the nice restaurants we've been to when you sit down they give you bread, olives, jamon & cheese without even asking. The bread was warm and the olives were green (whereas most places serve black), we liked this place.
To me the best things on the menu were the paella & the seafood platter however both only came served for two. Jazz doesn't eat seafood so I ordered the seafood platter for 2 just for me. The waiter seemed confused but I said I realised it was for 2 but I wanted it for myself. It arrived with a sparkler in it and was pretty massive. It had delicious lobster, prawns, crab & something else I wasn't quite sure what it was.
The waiter was very attentive regularly taking away my seafood scraps & bringing me new moist towels. He seemed impressed with how much I managed to eat from the platter. I didn't quite finish it (but got surprisingly close) because I wanted to save room for dessert. We ordered chocolate mouse and a chocolate pavlova to share, they were incredible! This was the best restaurant we'd been to in Lisbon.
After dinner we felt like drinking more wine so we caught a taxi to a wine bar we had stumbled upon earlier in the week called By The Wine and had another glass.
We wanted to find the lesbian bar we'd been told about called Primas. We found it on the map and it was only 600 meters from where we were so we decided to walk there. It was about 11pm at night and the streets were noisy & busy. We followed our way on the map, walking through crowds of people and found the address but it wasn't Primas. We didn't have wifi anymore to look it up again so we caught a taxi & went home instead.