A Tale of Two Tours: Lisbon and Hagia Sophia DEATHMATCH!

On my grand Lisbon-Rome-Istanbul sojourn I did something out of the ordinary when I participated in a free tour of Lisbon, and then I did it again, when I paid to have a tour of the Hagia Sophia. Despite both being tours, the two experiences couldn’t have been more distinct from each other. So here… Read More A Tale of Two Tours: Lisbon and Hagia Sophia DEATHMATCH!

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Not Overrated in Lisbon? the Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum, though part of the same complex of buildings as the mostly overrated Jerónimos Monastery, is not overrated. Underrated in fact. It’s great, but you should know it’s huge and they approach Portugal’s extensive maritime history from many, many different angles: Age of Exploration, Naval, Commercial, Leisure and on and on ad infinitum. So while… Read More Not Overrated in Lisbon? the Maritime Museum

Mostly Overrated in Lisbon: the Jerónimos Monastery

The pocket travel guide I had bought to carry with me around Lisbon (mostly for the maps, because the guide itself was crap) was breathless over the loveliness of the Jerónimos Monastery in the Belém neighborhood. And it is pretty. It’s an example of late-Gothic Maneuline style architecture–particular to Portugal–and it was quite pretty on the outside. However.… Read More Mostly Overrated in Lisbon: the Jerónimos Monastery

The Carmo Convent is Spectacular and You Get it Pretty Much to Yourself

The Carmo Convent right in the heart of Lisbon is one of the loveliest, most spectacular churches/museums I’ve ever seen. A Medieval Gothic church that was ruined in the 1755 earthquake, the ruins were left up, which means you can see the stunning Gothic skeleton with blue sky above you. And despite it being late May (prime… Read More The Carmo Convent is Spectacular and You Get it Pretty Much to Yourself

Lisbon’s Lovely Tiles Juxtaposed with her Lovelier Street Art

Lisbon is superfamous for the elaborate tiles (azulejos) that adorn many of her buildings. The tiles originate in the Moorish tradition and make the city strikingly colorful and distinctive. They’re great! Also great? Lisbon’s Street Art. A unicorn pissing a rainbow cannot be topped: The colors were amazing and there were stunning details to spy everywhere!… Read More Lisbon’s Lovely Tiles Juxtaposed with her Lovelier Street Art