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Length of stay: Five nights + 2 nights
Accommodations: H10 Duque de Loule
Hunker down friend, I have over 1,300 words about Lisbon for you, and this is only part 1. Our first peek-in-post after 2 weeks away + two weeks with a household of flu + three rounds of out-of-town guests was bound to be long, but the excitement of Lisbon took hold, so I am going to break it down into two (maybe three) posts because we haven’t caught up since last year. 2017 was such a mixed bag for so many folks, including us. I feel like we were all on the same emotional roller coaster asking ourselves, and each other questions every day we never thought possible. With a little in tow, one question we, as a married couple, asked each other it
“Is this country still the country for us?”.
2017 felt like one tense moment rolled into another and gained speed and kind of sped past the victories. This past year was also a busy one, which in and of itself made deflecting all the news all the time somewhat accomplishable.
I just signed a publishing deal I couldn’t possibly be more passionate about (more to come!), bought and almost fully renovated a 1925 Spanish Villa in West Palm Beach (The Rich Hippies House), and successfully traveled with Atlas on 7 flights while running the Rich Hippies shop.
At one point, near the middle of the year, I realized we needed to take some action, and rearrange our plans again. Things aren’t feeling that good. Don’t get me wrong, Florida has been good for the soul. Skipping winter, seeing old friends, making new friends, all the sunshine and ocean air…..all good things. We are just having a really hard time committing to where home is, and what home looks like. We did the big house, too big. The small house, too small. The apartment, not private enough. We did New York, Nashville, and Boca. Too cold, too cliquey, too angry.
We decided to renew our lease in Florida again, make a tighter plan, let me live out my dreams of purging our home of every single safety pin and q-tip we don’t actually need, and see how Atlas does in a typical school environment (!!!).
We planned to travel a lot in early 2017, but Atlas had a pretty hard relapse in his ASD therapy because of the move and a delay with set up as a whole. We decided to hold of on intense traveling and do small chunk trips and see how those went before committing to something more adventurous. We waited until Christmas to do a multi-location trip, test some airplane rides, new struggles we would inevitably face, and patience in lines with no idea how it would all go. We started in Lisbon, Portugal.
Lisbon, it’s not what you think it is.
This map is a refined curation of our top picks. There is a lot to like about Lisbon, and it was way more intricate and saturated than we anticipated. Hip barber shops, lots and lots of vegan haunts, men’s shops rivaled the women’s options. This simple guide is vegan friendly, kid friendly, and heart happy.
Mini by Luna – R. Dom Pedro V 74A, 1250-093 | Miss Saigon – Av. Boa Esperança 4C, 1990-305 | H10 Duque de Loule – Av. Duque de Loulé 81-83, 1050-088 | Time Out Market – Av. 24 de Julho 49, 1200-479 | Sama Sama – Tv. Corpo Santo 7, 1200-131 |Jardim das Cerejas – R. Andrade Corvo 7B, 1050-007 | Lua de Champagne – Calçada do Sacramento, 17
Mini By Luna: Women’s and Kid’s
Why we love it:
Simple clean design and open layout filled with trendy and neutral designers. We wanted to move in!
Miss Saigon: Small vegan restaurant with a daily menu
Why we love it:
Even in the middle of winter, this place was such a piece of sunshine. Though it’s small, and had a limited menu, Atlas felt comfortable and enjoyed his fresh juice and coloring.
Time Out Market: Open Market + Food Hall
Why we love it:
It’s abuzz! Super kid friendly, stroll your stroller right on in. They even have a pizza booth, juice booth, lots of local meat and fish booths as well. Joey loved this place, we went twice.
H10 h10 Duque de Loule: The lovely hotel we stayed
Why we love it:
Lots of charm and details with amazing service. Very kid friendly, though the restaurant wan’t kid or vegan friendly. Room to roam and actual door to door car service. It was a very easy and pleasant stay away from the down town noise.
Sama Sama: A tiny crepe joint for vegan’s and vegetarian’s
Why we love it:
I have been craving this place ever day since our trip! It’s SO good. Standing counter service would normally be a turn off, but trust us, the vegan options are amazing and it’s very affordable. Fresh juice too, but that’s not news in Lisbon.
Jardim das Cerejas and Lua de Champagne I didn’t take any photos because I was busy running around loving everything they had to offer. Jardim das Cerejas is on my favorite street in Lisbon, and has an incredible vegan buffet. All the shops surrounding it are worth a peek. We all picked up something special to take home. Lua de Champagne is one of those cute shops, just across the street from Jardim das Cerejas.
We wound up spending December 19-25 in the center of town. Our booked plans were a flight for Zurich on 12/23 and to stay there until 12/30. Long and annoying story short, we never made it to Zurich (well, we slept there for 3 hours on 12/30). Our plane never took off. The little vehicle that moves the planes into position got stuck on the front wheel. It was chaos. Everyone was angry. Understandably, it was the night before Christmas Eve and we had already waited three hours extra to board the plane, then the tire got stuck, then there was a medical emergency. All signs pointed to “no”. I asked if we could get off the plane before they had made a decision to offboard us, and they wouldn’t let us. Something in me always thought, if you asked to get off a plane before take off, they would let you. Nope. We decided to not partake in the angry mob, got our luggage and went back to our lovely hotel. We then calmly planned to go to London a few days later to see friends instead for the rest of the trip. That’s the short of it. Our lovely hotel, shouldn’t be breezed over though. This place was basically created for me in another dimension and then landed in Lisbon during my lifetime, and somehow we found it. Color me lucky to have my spirit animal be a hotel I can visit again and again.
Christmas Eve wound up being one of my favorite days of our trip. We started the day leaving our hotel and walking just a few steps to the Marquess of Pombal Statue (there was a lovely holiday fair going on) and took to the main shopping strip, Av. da Liberdade. The three of us walked down the whole thing until we hit the water. It took the entire afternoon. The weather was slightly brisk, but ut wasn’t anything uncomfortable. The progression of shops was interesting and predictable. It was a lot like the 5th Avenue of New York. High end and familiar haunts, followed by nice, mall quality shops, followed by local boutiques. All so beautiful and unique. We could’t help but notice how the doors of each address were so beautiful and well crafted.
PS Next travel post we will be chatting about: Driving in Portugal with a camper van, where we went, and what we did.