Watching a recent episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations which featured Lisbon, Portugal, brought back a lot of very fond memories for me of my trip to Portugal in 2005.
It was only a few days following a longer tour of Spain.I loved it. Lisbon is like stepping back in time, with beautiful buildings from its glory days as a sea-faring power and heritage tram cars moving people along its narrow streets. I found the people to be lovely and kind, and they always smiled at my attempts at my limited Portuguese. Lisbon is situated right at the sea, and you can smell the salt in the air. Of course, the seafood is glorious.
Like many small countries that are now part of the EU, Portugal is going through very difficult financial times. Tourism is even more important to this small country now. I hope all will soon be well, and I hope to return.