Hello from Portugal. This will be a short post, my friends. We’ve spent a lot of time walking hills in the heat in the last two days, and we are bushed.

Our long delay in Toronto threw a bit of a monkey wrench into our plans. Our planned recovery day was spent in transit, followed by two rather frantic days of trying to catch up, to do what we wanted to do, and see what we wanted to see. What the heck happened to the resolve we made following our Italy trip to slow and saunter? Ha. We forgot all about it in our excitement to be on the road again.

Last night I felt distinctly under the weather. So we cancelled our plans for today, cooked our own supper in our apartment, and had an early night and a late morning. That’ s just what I needed. Like Hubby says, we need to find our travel rhythm. Find a pace that works for both of us.

We managed to do that very well when we were in Croatia in 2019. But it’s been a while since we’ve been on an extended trip, and Hubby’s and my natural biorhythms are different. As I’ve said many times, he’s a get up at the crack of dawn and get fifteen things done before breakfast kind of guy. And I’m more of a three cups of tea in the morning before I can even think straight kind of girl. Travelling together takes compromise. Like marriage. Ha.

Here are a few shots of our time in Lisbon.


Wandering down to the Rio Tejo on our first day. The hard part was going back up. Ah, now I know why they call our neighbourhood the Bairro Alto.


We walked and walked, ate lunch, napped, and walked some more. By evening we were well ready for a relaxing drink on the rooftop terrace of our building.

Sunset on our roof. That’s the “plane to Lisbon” I presume.

Yesterday we went to Sintra on the train. We missed the train we wanted due to a faulty card- reader, and had to wait another hour. But we fell into conversation with a lovely couple from Argentina. They were pleased to meet people who had visited their country. And we were pleased to meet people from a country we loved so much. So the hour passed happily.

Lunch in Sintra

Selfie while Hubby unpacks the picnic lunch we brought with us. We were happy to find a lonely bench away from the crowds. I was fussing this morning before we left. What the heck to wear? Hubby replied, take a day off from style Suz, dress ugly. So I did. But that hat, my friends, is the limit. It’s my canoeing hat, bought many years ago in northern Australia out of desperation. I sent this picture to my sister, and she replied, “Are you doing a bit of gardening, Dorena?” Hubby and I had a good chuckle over that. Mum’s gardening hats were the worst. Ha.

Streets in our neighbourhood. Above and below.

And finally, during our brief walk this morning, below. Can you see the bags under my eyes? We strolled for an hour and then we headed back to our apartment to relax and prepare to leave tomorrow morning. We pick up our car and head north. I suppose it’s too much to hope that the temperatures will cool. And that maybe I’ll be able to wear more of what I packed. Sigh. Mustn’t grumble. We’re here. And that feels a little like a dream, I must say.

So that’s all from me today, my friends. A very brief post with not a lot of information. More extended discussion will have to wait until we get home. This is just to give you a taste of our trip. I’m boiling water for tea as I write this and my book is calling me. I hope the settings and spacing are not too wonky in this post. Typing on my iPad mini is not like composing on my desk top. So I hope it’s readable.

Talk to you soon… hopefully. I’m posting much more frequently on Instagram, now that I have something interesting to post. So you might want to follow me over there. IG is for photos. Blogging is for chatting with friends, I always think.

P.S. Hubby is growing weary of all my “plane to Lisbon” quotes from Casablanca. But seriously, when am I ever going to be able to use them again?

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20 thoughts on “Postcard from Lisbon”

  1. I am really looking forward to following along on your adventure Sue! My son-in-law is from Portugal (his parents still live in Lisbon) and he proposed to our daughter in a castle there somewhere. I’m not sure if we will ever get there so I will have to live vicariously through you both. Enjoy your time and enjoy the heat as we had our first hard frost here in Alberta with snow predicted for the mountains. Brrr!

  2. Lisbon is a surprisingly tiring city . I spent a week there a few years ago with my sisters & the walking is tough , especially in the heat . We were in the same area as you & the slog back up to our apartment every night was hard , then there were the three flights of stairs up to our set of rooms . We were on all fours by the time we got there . When a lovely man offered me his seat on an old tram I forgot all about womens lib & accepted gracefully . We loved the city & it felt like a place real people lived in , not just a holiday resort . They liked a joke too . When my sister bought a new bra in a little underwear shop she turned down the offer of matching pants saying “ I never wear them “ . The women in the shop couldn’t stop laughing . I’m looking forward to hearing about the rest of the country.

  3. Lovely photos. Hope you’re finding your travel rhythm…it can take a while to get in the groove!

  4. Hi. I think the place you went to by train is Sintra. SINATRA was an American singer, who sang about New York

    1. Considering Sue’s jet lagged tiredness , we’re lucky she posted here at all . So I think we can ignore such a small slip .
      PS Sue , I loved your sun hat & wondered where I could get one – seriously

      1. Leslie in Oregon

        I loved your sun hat too. As the widow of a wonderful man who died of melanoma (that first appeared just below the line of the baseball hat he wore as a young player), I like hats that shade or cover all or most of the head. Melanoma is the scourge of our generation (the last whose parents did not know about it), and it is very much worth avoiding!

  5. You’d be wearing your warm weather clothing back home…predictions are for some very high temps in Ottawa this week..the past few weeks in the Maritimes have been awesome as well. Ottawa will return to more seasonable ie cold/rain Thanks Giving weekend….summer has to end at some point in the northern hemisphere. Enjoy your trip, following closely as my husband is eager to check out Portugal as a winter destination…as he’s put a moratorium on extended vacations to the southern US for the foreseeable future.

  6. What a wonderful city! Love those yellow houses,postcard beautiful (or Instaworthy lol!)
    Sue,please,take your time! We can now do a lot of armchair travel (thank you for the Lisbon photos and your time to write a post!)and see a lot of things on YT or somewhere,but you’ll remember the feeling and emotions,so,sip your tea or wine,enjoy the view and all the chats along the way,vibrations of the city,sidewalk cafés……
    And for the beginning of your trip,it seems that travel nowdays include more stress than before
    Dottoressa

  7. It’s difficult to set a reasonable travel pace. Although too much hurry and uncertainty cause malaise and frazzled nerves, the inclination to go, go,go seems to take over. Enjoy your trip!

  8. Annette Loscialpo

    Hubby and I are in Porto. Very hot and huge tourist crowds here too But food has been good, wine also. Heading to Lisbon in two days. Maybe we’ll cross paths. Hope so.

    1. Leslie in Oregon

      I wonder when the high heat and huge tourist crowds of summer will end in southern Europe this year. It seems that every retired couple in our neighborhood is either vacationing in Portugal or planning to move there for all or part of the year. I first visited Lisbon in 1970, and many of your photographs remind me of how it looked then. … A tip from a former international flight attendant/purser: on future trips, remember that after you have flown between North America and Europe, you will be dehydrated from flying in a near-zero -humidity aircraft cabinly . During that and other flights over 4 hours, and for at least 24 hours after you land from those flights, try to drink at least 12 oz. of nonalcoholic, noncaffeinated and noncarbonated liquid every hour. If you come close to that goal, you will avoid much of what most people attribute to “jet lag” but which is actually caused by dehydration. And carry water to drink when you are traipsing up those Lisbon hills! Thank you for this post!

  9. Il fait effectivement très chaud en Europe du Sud !En France ,en Provence en particulier les températures avoisinent les 35 degrés.
    Nous évitons de sortir !
    C’est un comble ….Je ne rêve que de temps frais et de pluie !
    J’ai parcouru le Portugal en juin …et pour moi cela a été une épreuve qui a gâché mon séjour .
    Mais c’est un pays magnifique .
    Nous avions programmé la visite de Biarritz et du pays basque fin septembre ,pensant que la chaleur ne serait pas au rendez vous .
    Et nous nous sommes trompés !
    Courage pour la suite de votre périple !Profitez bien de votre séjour !Et tenez nous au courant !C’est un vrai plaisir de vous lire !!!!

  10. Suz from Vancouver

    Thanks for taking the time to post. Your trip already sounds and looks amazing.
    Enjoy!
    Suz from Vancouver

  11. Thanks for taking time out from your trip to send us photos and include us on your travels. By the way, another blogger I follow just arrived in Portugal, Jennifer of A Well Styled Life,. Doubles the fun. Looking forward to seeing more about your trip.

  12. It was lovely meeting you both last night during dinner. Great conversation. All the best for the rest of your trip.

  13. ‘Dorena’, love your hat and how you travel. Wish I did it as well as you. Happy travels, hope the weather up north cooperates.

  14. Sue.
    Your haircut is very flattering. Wow. Looks darling. ( and while traveling that’s not easy!)
    Ok. This post about your pace is different than your husband, that made me laugh .
    I never would have expected it would be so hot in October.

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