There is plenty of sunshine available in Lisbon so there was no reason not to wake up early on our 2nd day to make an early exploration of the Portuguese capital. The day being 13th of June when Shehzaad was also celebrating his birthday, no gift was more precious than the gift of exploring a new city, new culture and new experiences. Every new travel feels like a new birth and if it coincides with a real birthday – nothing like it. Before we invite you to share our experience on the 2nd day in Lisbon, make sure you have read the experience we had on the day 1 in Lisbon.
Portugal Please! Day 2: Lisbon on Seven Hills
Bairro Alto was our first hop on day 2. Located at the very heart of Lisbon, this central district is a testimony of the growth and expansion of Lisbon in the 16th century. Characterised distinctly with sloping streets, uneven surface and altitude – every corner of the neighbourhood, every alley and every house in Bairro Alto look like a story-teller of time. The fact that Lisbon is dubbed as the “City of Seven Hills” can be best felt while taking a stroll around this neighbourhood. Driving and parking a car along the challenging road network in this part of the town is worthy of some expert manoeuvring.
Perfect to get a bird’s eye view of Lisbon from the Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, the neighbourhood also hosts on its outskirts the historic Church of Sao Roque. While the neighbourhood is certainly worth exploring on foot, you have to be ready to ascend at the next turn, so a pair of good trainers will make sure your daily cardio workout is done while Lisbon unwraps its charm to you one after another.
Another option is to get onto the iconic trams in Bairro Alto to be transported to and from another level of the city. A unique sight not to be found in any European capital, the trams running through the sloping streets of Lisbon is a timeless phenomenon.
The 2nd half of the day was reserved to conduct a professional photoshoot for the early production schedule of our upcoming Eid, Durga Puja and Diwali festivals. After a quick lunch in the neighbourhood’s traditional Portuguese restaurant, we returned to hotel to get ready and running. Our photo partner this time in Lisbon was Rita Santana Photography and we conducted three fashion shoots across three iconic locations in Lisbon. Nothing like it when you mix work and pleasure and in this case, we got the photos taken in locations we desired obviously.
Lunch of the day: Portuguese style grilled salmon and veggies for her and grilled tuna served with boiled potatoes and veggies for him When your juice, crochet curtains and tiles of the restaurant coordinates
Exhausted and exhilarated following the back to back three-outfit-photo-shoot, we went for dinner finally at the Real Fabrica restaurant.
Tanusree’s MUA of the day Catarina Santiago Tanusree’s photographer of the day Rita Santana Team work is dream work
Nothing fishy about the fact that you have to try out various kinds of fish while in Portugal – we opted for monk-fish rice with prawns. And certainly to chill things down a bit, a cool pint of Super Bock beer was a must have for the birthday boy to sign off the happening 2nd day in Lisbon.