We are in Lisbon for a couple of nights after our trip to the Omassim Guest house for a yoga retreat.
We are staying in an Airbnb at the back of the Sao Jorge Castle, on Calçada do Menino Deus 6–16. The Airbnb is in an old apartment block. It’s small with one bedroom but could sleep 4 at a push.
It’s quirkily decorated with charming second hand furniture and fittings
Around the apartment building there are lots of narrow streets with pretty architectural details
I particularly like the different ways the doors and windows can open to let in fresh air
There must have been a fiesta recently because lots of houses still have brightly coloured plastic decorations up
The apartment block has a hand of Fatima door knocker. These are a feature of the region and are a Muslim influence which implies that all who enter the house with one of these attached are protected by Fatima – Mohammed’s daughter. There are several different designs
Jon took us on a walk today to find a coffee shop that had been recommended online. It was a good 30 mom walk from the apartment so we left early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day – it’s 34 degree at the moment ( 4pm) toooo hot for me to be walking around after the cool week in Omassim.
The trek took us past lots of beautiful tiles( see my earlier post), graffiti
Of which there is an abundance
And lots of different pavement mosaics – which are very attractive – if a bit slippery in places
The coffee shop was on Ruas das Flores and did an 8/10 pour over and had a original Blade Runner poster in the loo ( the things I do)
The coffee shop was on the number 28 tram line back to the apartment. These are 1930’s trams, the journey stopped an started as the extremely calm driver avoided pedestrians, parked cars and other obstacles.
Nice internal wooden features and a fab shiny metal wheel. There is an interesting website for the tram
We got off the tram at a very pretty viewing point of the estuary with a church, terrace and more tiles …..