I've just got back from a trip to Lisbon. It's such a beautiful city and we were there for a big saints day festival 'Santo Antonio' where every street is decked out in coloured ribbons and pots of lucky basil on every windowsill.
We got lost in the narrow streets of the Alfama district, around every corner the locals were cooking sardines over hot coals and drinking their local beer 'superbock' there was a real party atmosphere.
The buildings in Lisbon have a real charm to them, a bit faded and chipped but full of character, ornate tiles decorate carved wooden doors, balconies crammed full with plants and herbs and beautiful purple blossom trees line small parks and squares.
One of the best things about the city is the delicious food, simple grilled fish and seafood with rock salt and garlic, olives, sliced cured hams, cherries and oranges, their little custard tarts 'pastel de nata' they are so moreish. I ate far too many!