Lisbon, Portugal: Exploring the streets and Lisbon Oceanarium
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

In case you thought all I did was eat on my trips, here’s a post with some of my favourite pictures from the streets of Lisbon. The hilly landscape of the city reminded me of my trip to San Francisco a few years ago. Some of the streets are so steep that they have trams that only run up and down that hill. But the hiking was not a bad idea as it provided us with the much needed exercise after consuming all that seafood.

Taking the metro from the airport into the city. The metro was one of the cleanest I’ve taken. I’m mostly comparing this with Paris.

An interesting statue in the Lisbon metro station. What’s more interesting was that a couple days later, we noticed that the statue was removed. And yes, we’re sure we were at the same station!

Walking the streets of Lisbon near our hostel.

Many buildings are decorated with azulejo, painted ceramic tiles. Some with simple patterns and others part of a larger piece of artwork like in the above.

Stumbling upon some beautiful viewpoints of the city landscapes.

While walking through the city, we discover lots of hidden scenic viewpoints like this one. Ting got a little concerned about my sense of curiosity during the trip. She joked that I would end up leading her to some sketchy neighborhood and never make it out.

But we did and got a glimpse of this awesome view instead.

I recommend taking Tram 28 for a lazy way of sightseeing Lisbon.

Walked by a free museum, Roman Theatre Museum, which also happened to have a beautiful viewpoint of the city.

The roman theatre ruins were discovered in the 18th century during post-earthquake reconstruction. It was likely constructed sometime in the 1st century BC.

In the heart of downtown Lisbon, just off the main shopping street rua augusta, you’ll find the Santa Justa Lift.

A beautiful elevator constructed more than a century ago.

Since we were travelling during low season, we waited only 10 minutes to board the elevator. We read on some sites that the wait time can be up to 2 hours during the summertime. Glad we avoided that.

More beautiful viewpoints of the city from the top of the Santa Justa Lift.

You can also see the São Jorge Castle in the very distant hill.

Here is an example of a tram that only runs up and down a hill.

Passing by some street art by Pedro Zamith.

Instead of taking the tram, we decided we would just walk downhill.

Without proper hiking shoes, the steep, pebbly ground actually proved to be dangerously slippery.

At my persistence, we visited the Lisbon Oceanarium. It’s a 5 minute walk from the Vasco da Gama shopping centre. The centre is located close to the Vasco da Gama bridge, the longest in Europe.

The indoor aquarium, home to all kinds of sting rays, sharks, and fish.

The star attraction, penguins!

This grumpy looking penguin kept refusing to eat his fish. Not fresh enough for you buddy?

Sea otters! One of them would peel the shrimps fed to them and give the peeled shrimp to his/her partner. Too cute.

Spotted jellyfish!

And that concludes my Lisbon trip.

One Glorious Comment
  • Charlene
    May 24, 2013
    Hi Emily, I love your blog! I'm eondering if you did in fact move to Philly or are you still in Vancouver? Looking forward to hearing from you and for your next post!