Lisbon, the capital and largest city of Portugal, captivated our hearts as we strolled down its charming, hilly streets. Portugal’s popularity is going through the roof, with its visitor numbers increasing year over year, and its stunning capital city is a good reason for this increasing interest. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to have one-on-one chats with locals, as they’re very open to sharing the history and story of their city, and of their own personal lives, with visitors. That’s what we came to experience as Angela, an 84-year-old woman, began a conversation with our tour guide in Portuguese from her second story apartment on Carlos Lola Street. Through his translation, not only did we learn that she had lived there since she got married, but we also learned that she had lived in the same neighborhood in Alfama her whole life. A neighborhood, which our guide told us, is known for neighbors being very close knit; he said many times you can find them all sitting around a table set outside in the narrow neighborhood street as they share dinner and stories together. Angela told us that her street had been named after her downstairs neighbor, Sr. Carlos Lola, complete with a plaque placed on one of the buildings. Our guide explained that those plaques, which we noticed on quite a few buildings in the Alfama neighborhood, were placed by the town to recognize significant or well-known locals.
But, if our words don’t have you falling in love with this picturesque city, maybe this photo montage we took throughout our travels will. Escape to Lisbon with us . . .
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