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Reflections on Portugal – Lisbon and Porto

I’m not sure why I’ve never really considered Portugal on top of my list of places to visit. It was there, sort of waiting for an opportunity to be explored and discovered. This year, we finally decided to go to there and I can’t believe it has taken us so long to get there.

Portugal at first sight

First of all, we both found Portugal to be a very beautiful place although we only saw Lisbon and Porto. We were both pleasantly surprised by both places.Β  We were hungry for more. I was particularly surprised that almost everyone spoke English. This was definitely helpful since neither one of us speaks Portuguese. We also felt very welcomed by everyone we met.

Most of all, I loved the architecture, the colours and the history. I must admit that as far as European history goes, I am not as versed in Portugal’s as I am in others, which might be a bit odd considering I’m a history major. It was one of those trips that really made me interested in learning more about this place and we will definitely go back to explore more.

Since, I am getting to writing more detailed posts about those places, I’m going to share some of the places we saw to give you little taste of the country as experienced by us.

Sample of what you’ll find

Lisbon, you are quite charming 😍😍😍

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Overall, we found Portugal to be a very lovely place. We loved everything about it and even considered whether we would want to live there. When we do that, you know we like the place a lot. πŸ™‚

Have you been? What’s your fave spot?

Read more about our trip to Portugal: Ajudo PalaceΒ Β and the Streets of Lisboa

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29 thoughts on “Reflections on Portugal – Lisbon and Porto

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  3. David from Travelodium

    I’ve only been to Lisbon and some time ago. Couldn’t say that many people spoke English when I was there so that is certainly one thing that’s changed. I personally prefer Portugal to Spain and I was thoroughly recommend to anyone they should go.

    1. kasiawrites

      Apparently Lisbon wasn’t so nice few years ago but they made huge steps of cleaning it up and making it pretty. I was surprised how many people spoke English! I agree that it was better than Spain πŸ‘πŸΌ

  4. egodiary.com

    I loved Lisbon. We started our honeymoon journey there. At first, to be honest I was not that impressed, I found it dirty and shabby, but slowly I could not get enough of it. When you start to discover it, it conquers you. We did not get to Porto, so I have good reasons to get back. Looks lovely in your pictures.

    1. kasiawrites

      We were told that Lisbon has been cleaned up in recent years so that Is probably after you were there. We even said how we were amazed at how clean and pretty it was. It does have a way of capturing your heart, I agree!

  5. Dippy-Dotty Girl

    I have not been to Porto, Kasia but Lisbon and Sintra stole my heart. Soulful places that you cannot just ignore once you have been there. Your photographs do them justice. Love the tiled facade of the church in Porto. Those azulejos are stunning pieces of art! πŸ™‚ xx

  6. Rachel Lishman

    Lisbon quickly became one of my favourite cities in Europe when I visited a few years ago. I’m looking forward to going back one day to take in more places πŸ™‚

  7. Mel & Suan

    Oh wow. Yes we too. Did not stay too long in Portugal the time we passed through. So it has to be a return trip. Lisbon looked incredibly beautiful!

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