3 Days in Lisbon

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EN: My last trip this year is back to one of my soul city, after 6 years I was able to see Lisbon again! A city that doesn’t lose the charm, the beauty but actually improves it.

My first visit was in the winter-spring season, and I guess you already read the stories on the blog, and now I was back at the begging of December, the most expecting month of the year! That means for me this is the present that I get from Santa Claus! I definitely want to say a big thank you to him:)!

RO: Ultima mea calatorie din acest an a fost in orasul meu de suflet, dupa 6 ani am revenit in Lisabona! Un oras care nu si-a pierdut farmecul, frumusetea ci dimpotriva si l-a imbunatatit.

Prima mea vizita a fost in sezonul iarna-vara si cred ca deja ati citit povestiile de pe blog si acum am revenit la inceputul lui Decembrie, cea mai asteptata luna a anului! Asta inseamna ca mi-am primit deja cadoul de la Mos Craciun! Desigur ca vreau sa-i multumesc pentru asta:)!

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EN: The journey was short, only 3 days and I wasn’t able to visit everything obviously, but I did more than I thought, especially with not sunny weather.

Do you want to start?! Let’s see Lisbon again and be caught with her beauty!

RO: Excurisa a fost scurta, numai 3 zile si nu am putut revedea tot evident, dar in cea mai mare parte am realizat tot ce mi-am propus, in special pe o vreme nu chiar insorita.

Vreti sa incepem?! Haide-ti sa vedem Lisabona din nou si sa-i surprindem frumusetea!

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EN: Lisbon is dressed up in her Christmas clothes, and it is full of tourists. I have to admit that 6 years ago I didn’t see so many tourists like now, but I am delighted that people get in love with the city. The giant Christmas Tree is waiting for you and also at the Christmas Markets!

RO: Lisabona este toata aranjata in hainele de Craciun si este impanzita de turisti. Recunosc ca acum 6 ani nu am vazut asa de multi turisiti ca acum, dar sunt fericita ca oamnenii sunt indragostiti de acest oras. Bradul urias de Craciun, alaturi de targurile de Craciun te astepta!

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EN: I start the journey visiting the Mirador of SENHORA DO MONTE, in the Graca neighborhood from where you can see the Sao Jorge Castel and also the spectacular view above Lisbon, the Tagus River, the 25 Abril Bridge. I guess this name doesn’t say anything, but I will let you know that the bridge is similar to the Golden Gate Bridge from San-Francisco, now it is all clear up:D!

RO: Am inceput calatoria vizitand punctul de observare “Senhora do Monte”, din cartierul Garca, de unde poti vedea castelul Sao Jorge si o priveliste spectaculoasa asupra Lisabonei, a raului Tagus, si al podului 25 Aprilie, cred ca acest nume nu iti spune nimic dar daca iti spun ca este vorba despre podul asemanator cu cel din San Francisco, podul Golden Gate, acum totul este mai clar:D!

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EN: A short stop for a snack is always a good choice, especially with so many pastries around, so don’t go to Lisbon if you are on a diet :)) you can’t say no to the desserts! A coffee and a “Pasteis de Nata” and ready to go!

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RO: O scurta oprie pentru o gustare este intotdeuna o alegere buna, in special cu asa multe patiserii pe langa tine, asa ca nu merge in Lisabona daca esti la dieta:)) nu poti spune nu la nici un desert! O cafea si o tarta traditionala ” Pasteis de Nata”si gata de drum din nou!

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EN: The modern art like graffiti is all over the walls in the streets, and do not forget the “azulejos” tiles, so keep your eyes open.

RO: Arta moderna gen graffiti este peste toti peretii din oras si de asemenea nu uita de fainta “azulejos” asa ca tine ochii deschisi.

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EN: The night is coming too soon on these winter days, but this doesn’t stop me from keeping exploring. The traditional Portuguese music is fado. A must in your journey is to visit Alfama, one of Lisbon’s oldest districts, and is a delightful maze of narrow cobbled streets and ancient houses. Originally, Alfama was situated outside of the city walls and was associated with poverty and squalor, where only the poor and disadvantaged resided. As Lisbon grew into an important port, the district retained its lowly status as the tough and deprived district where sailors and dock workers lived. Today, Alfama has shrugged off its grim reputation, being transformed into a fashionable artisan district, while still retaining its character and dilapidated charm. Stop in one of the restaurants and enjoy the fado live music! If you want to feel like a local, stop in the bars for a drink and snack and always ask for the local ones, they are delicious!

RO: Noaptea poposeste prea repede in zilele de iarna, dar asta nu ma impedica sa continuii sa explorez. Muzica traditionala portugheza este fado si un lucru necesar in calatoria ta este sa vizitezi cartierul Alfama, care este unul din cele mai vechi cartiere ale Lisabonei avand  un labirint incantator de stradute inguste, pietruite si case vechi. Initial, Alfama a fost situata in afara zidurilor Lisabonei, fiind asociat cu saracia si mizeria, unde locuiau saracii si dezavantajatii. Dat fiind faptul ca Lisabona sa dezvoltat ca un important port, cartierul si-a pastrat statutul de cartier dur si sarac, unde locuiau marinarii si lucrartorii portului. In zilele noastre, Alfama si-a infruntat reputatie sumbra si a devenit un cartier artizanal la moda, dar pastrandu-si totusi caracterul si farmecul .

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EN: Like I was saying, the days in winter are short, and after this cold and cloudy first-day tour, I think it was the time for a Portuguese dinner and a good rest for the second day of adventure.

RO: Asa cum am spus zilele de iarna sunt scurte si dupa aceasta prima zi friguroasa si innourata, cred ca e timpul pentru o cina portugheza si o odhina bine meritata pentru o noua zi de aventura.

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  • the 6th picture is a traditional dish: grilled sepia with boiled potatoes seasoned with raw onion and olive oil / mancare traditional: sepia la gratar asezonata cu ceapa cruda si ulei de masline

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EN: My second-day starts with good sunny weather and an awesome view from the top of Amoreiras Shopping Center, so keep in your mind this because you get a 360 view of Lisbon.

RO: Cea de a doua zi a inceput bine cu o vreme insorita si o priveliste minunata de pe punctul de observare al Amoreiras Shopping Center, asa ca retineti acest loc pentru o priveliste de 360 asupra Lisabonei.

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EN: A must place to revisit for me was the Belem district and the iconic place of “Pasteis de Belem” with their delicious tarts and the Church Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, The Belem Tower. I will let the pictures talk about how beautiful it is this district.

RO: Un loc in care imi doream sa reajung este cartierul Belem si la cea mai populara si faimoasa patiserie “Pasteis de Belem” cu delicioasele lor tarte si de asemenea la Biserica Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, Turnul din Belem. Voi lasa pozele sa vorbeasca despre frumusetea acestui cartier.

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Church Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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EN: For the first time on my travel, I tried something new. I attended a football game between Benfica and Estoril team at the Estadio da Luz Stadium, and for me, it was fun! I don’t know anything about football games in general, but I liked the stadium’s atmosphere. I guess I should try it more often!

RO: Pentru prima data in calatatorile mele am incercat ceva nou, am participat la un meci de fotbal intre echipele Benfica si Estoril pe stadionul Luz si pentru mine a fost distractiv! Nu stiu nimic depsre meciurile de fotbal in general dar imi place atmosfera de pe stadion, presupun ca ar trebuii sa incerc mai des astfel de ideii!

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EN: After this long day, a good meal is a must, so try the restaurant Casa da India, despite the name, Casa da Índia (House of India), a traditional and cheap restaurant with a Portuguese menu. The name refers to an organization that managed Portuguese trade in overseas goods, like spices, mainly in the 15th and 16th centuries. Absolutely delicious!

If you are in the area, don’t miss the Bairro Alto bars for a drink and understand the Portuguese style nightlife!

RO: Dupa o asa zi incarcata, o masa buna e necesara, asa ca incercati Casa de India, care in ciuda numelui, Casa Indiei, este un restaurant ieftin, traditional si cu meniu tipic portughez. Numele se refera la organizatia care a gestionat comertul portughez de marfuri de peste mari, cum ar fi mirodeniile, in special in secolele 15 si 16. Absolut delicios!

Daca sunteti in zona nu ratati  barurile din Bairro Alto pentru o bautura si ca sa intelegeti viata de noapte in stil portughez!

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EN: For my final day of the trip, I kept Cascais town in mind, and it was great. Cloudy but not raining, so perfect for a little stop to “Boca do Inferno” Portuguese for Hell’s Mouth is a chasm located on the seaside cliffs. Cozy, charm, beautiful, relaxing city was wonderful for a breath after this 3 days full and congested.

RO: Pentru ultima zi din acesta excurie, am pastrat in minte orasul Cascais si a fost minunat. Innourat dar fara ploaie, deci perfect pentru o scurta oprire la “GURA IADULUI” /”Boca do Inferno”, o prapastie aflata pe stacile de pe litoral. Oras fermecator, frumos, relaxant asa ca a fost minunat acesta gura de aer dupa 3 zile pline si aglomerate.

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EN: To make you desire to book now a trip to Lisbon I give one last tip where to eat fabulous food, it is a new place for me, it is called Time Out Market, and it is great! I will let the picture make craving for this, even for me, it is so hard to look at them … I need to book a new trip to my lovely city Lisbon!!!

RO: Ca sa iti fac pofta sa planifici o excursie in Lisabona chiar acum, iti ofer un ultim indiciu unde mananci manacare fabuloasa, este un loc nou pentru mine, numit Time Out Market si e grozav! Voi lasa pozele sa te faca sa ravnesti la asa ceva, chiar si pentru mine este greu sa ma uit la ele… Am nevoie sa fac o noua excurie in minunatul meu oras Lisabon!!!

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Until next time!! Saude!

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