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Lisbon wasn’t our favorite destination. It felt more complicated than necessary, with transportation consistently frustrating (the city streets were under a lot of construction). Ditch the car as soon as you arrive, this is not a good driving city. I hoped for more of a view, but it’s not the most attractive city.

We stayed at the **International Design Hotel: a perfectly fine option, actually better than expected. Central, clean, large room, with parking (though getting to the parking wasn’t easy). 

Sites

  • Both the **Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and **Torre de Belem, though worth a stop, are underwhelming and crawling with tourists. The Mosteiro library was closed for renovations (a multi-year process). We did enjoy the bus ride to Belem however – a good way to see the waterfront.
  • Near to both, the **Monument to the Discoveries is very cool, and overlooks the (fake, unimpressive) Golden Gate Bridge. The shade of red is wrong and the proportions are all odd.
  • The ***National Carriage Museum stands out, we had low expectations and loved it.
  • The funicular to the higher parts of town was entertaining
  • The Aflama isn’t particularly picturesque (especially after Porto).
  • Skip the *Castelo de Sao Jorge – it’s expensive, and the view isn’t great.

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