Three days in Lisbon, and a lovely stream of whatsapped photos. It been a brightly-hued break for my husband and youngest son.
Which begins with a great deal of excitement.
A hop, skip and a jump via the metro …
… to their temporary home – a light and airy Airbnb flat (more on Maria’s place here).
First port of call is an evening trip to the busy and friendly-vibed Mercado de Campo de Ourique.
A wander up and down the city’s cobbled lanes greets the next day.
Then a happy ride in the famous Tram 28.
Followed by a visit to 28 café – it serves super-sized toasties to match the pair’s smiles (they don’t manage the beautifully swirled ice cream).
I love the blues and greens of the azulejos – some old, some even older – each set painting its own story.
The duo enjoy the honey-stoned history of Castelo de São Jorge.
And then a very special treat – the best of Lisbon’s custard tarts – Pastéis de Belem.
How very delicious – this is when vicarious travel becomes a little hard to take …
I ask the travelling duo to sum up Lisbon in five words (each).
No. 4: interesting, complex, bustling, friendly, rattling.
Husband: multi-layered, kind, creaking, smiles, unpretentious.
Sounds like a city I’d love to return to myself.
And images like this show me that happiness isn’t just orange, it’s custard tart wonderful.
Best of all, it’s not all about vicarious travel. Look what they brought home.
A morsel more on Pastéis de Belém here.