The mood : Lisbon in October, Portugal

I’ve never been to Brazil, but Lisbon already had a South American taste to me. Maybe it’s because it’s so much on the edge of Europe, ready to cross the Atlantic, opened to any possibility of exoticism. Despite the colorful tiles and the tenacious sun there’s a certain sadness to the city though, like it was full of promises, but got stopped right in the middle of its renaissance by the infamous financial crisis. Only tourists seem to keep alive the hip restaurants, the modern museums and the bars of the Bairro Alto. Beautiful buildings are slowly decaying right in the city center, but maybe it has always been like that?

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If you feel like climbing and granny-spotting, then don’t miss a walk into Lisbon’s oldest quarter, the Alfama, it’s really the best part.

 

6 Comments

  • Reply January 23, 2014

    Quyen

    I think Portugal has a bit of the South American feel because it has a relaxed vibe to it. I traveled throughout the coast and Portugal definitely has a BIG place in my heart.
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    • Reply January 24, 2014

      The Voyageur

      @Quyen So far I’ve only been to Lisbon and its region, but I would love to come back and see the rest! Portuguese people are beyond nice, which is the best kind of exoticism when you’re living in Paris 😉

  • Reply February 5, 2014

    Ying

    Bonjour! J’aime beaucoup vos photos et votre blog! You’ve captured the mood of Lisbon really well… feels a little melancholic with bright colours but without its residents.

    • Reply February 9, 2014

      The Voyageur

      @Ying Merci, ça me fait plaisir!

  • Reply March 16, 2014

    Femke D.

    As Portugal is my favorite country in Europe, Brazil is my favorite country in South America. You’re quite right about the ‘feel’ of this wonderfull city, it has it’s South American influences. And when you ever are in Rio or Salvador you’ll get the same vibe in some areas of the city.
    Brazil is just amazing, you should put that on top of your bucket list! Love your pictures of Lisbon by the way, compliments!

    • Reply March 16, 2014

      The Voyageur

      @Femke thank you! It’s nice to see that someone who has actually been to Brazil feels the same way 🙂
      I would love to go there, it’s totally on my bucket list, I only wish I could speak a little Portuguese…

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