After my end-of-year Law exams, I needed to escape. So I motivated some friends, and we were able to go abroad only five days. We knew it couldn’t be far away from France, and we wanted to go to a sunny place where plane tickets would be really cheap for us. We chose Lisbon, Portugal.
D-day came, and we landed in the sun! The temperature was probably around 25C (77F) in the shade (spring season). We settled down in the hotel that we had booked. It’s one of the cheapest of the city: Go Hostel Lisbon. It was only 8€ ($9) per night for a dormitory, breakfast, and a location next to a subway stop and a tram station.
There was no time to lose so we began to explore Lisbon and its surroundings. The schedule was busy, but we managed to see: the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) and the colorful Castle of Sintra which is located at 40 minutes from Lisbon by train (the ticket is around 2€).
To go around the city, we used the famous yellow tram which lends a vintage gait to the city. We also enjoyed tasting local specialties such as the Pasteis de Belem which are at the top of the To-Do list and sardine-based dishes at the Can the Can Restaurant situated in the Praça do Comercio in the Baixa district that I highly recommend. Indeed, the cooking is delicious and the staff so kind.
The return day came quickly, too quickly. We were tired, our whole bodies hurt, especially our feet, but we were also tanned and happy from those few days spent in the “White City.”
To complete our trip, we got permanent gel nail polish manicures at a very cheap price (cheaper than in France) in the Asian district, and it was already time to come back to the North of France and the dreariness until the next opportunity . . . probably the United Arab Emirates and the Oman sultanate in October to discover the Oriental lifestyle!