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Lisbon in March

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A March 2013 trip to Lisbon by koshkha

Os Tibetanos Photo, Lisbon, Portugal More Photos
Quote: A couple of these reviews are from a work trip and others are from a week later when I returned with my husband, sister, and her partner for a holiday. Work or play - Lisbon's always a hit.

Os Tibetanos

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Restaurant | "Rarer than a Strip club in Riyadh"

Os Tibetanos Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Vegetarian restaurants in Portugal are rarer than hens’ teeth. For a very long time this was the ONLY vegetarian restaurant in Lisbon and just in case that’s not exciting enough for you, it’s also allegedly a ‘Tibetan’. My colleague and restaurant aficionado, Isabel, gave me two restaurants to choose from this week – one a tapas place and one the Tibetan vegetarian Buddhist place. Tapas you can get anywhere but I couldn’t resist the lure of such a rare beast as a vegetarian place in Portugal.As a fishitarian, I find Lisbon a delight and I rarely visit without large numbers of sea-creatures giving up their lives for me. Isabel was happy with my choice because she said there was no way...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 21, 2013

Os Tibetanos

Lisbon, Estremadura

Hotel DAH

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Hotel | "A Lisbon Bargain"

Hotel DAH Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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For the last couple of years I’ve given my sister and her partner a holiday as their Christmas present. Back in December I decided to blow a bunch of airmiles and book the flights for my husband and myself, my sister and her partner. Against all advice from my local Lisbon-based colleagues, I booked for the week before Easter, renowned amongst locals as the week of the annual Spanish ‘Semana Santa’ (Holy Week) invasion. I knew that I would need to sort out hotels nice and early because this would be ultra-peak season and so I started looking for somewhere to stay way back in January. Whilst I hadn’t actually told my sister that I would be paying for the hotels, I knew that inevitably I wou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 31, 2013

Hotel DAH
Rua Cristovão Falcão #8
Lisbon, Portugal 1900-172
218 117 010

Parque das Nacoes, Lisbon

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Oriente Station Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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The Parque das Nações – or Park of Nations - was created for the 1998 Expo in Lisbon and quickly became a major tourist attraction. Whilst many locals will still refer to it as the ‘Expo site’, its official name was adopted after the Expo ended and it took on a new identity of its own. Prior to the development of the Expo site, this had been a run-down and unattractive industrial area like much of the Lisbon waterfront. Once you’re out of the most central parts of Lisbon, the banks of the Tejo (a.k.a. Tagus) river are lined with old cod salteries (I’m sure that’s not the word), warehouses and row after row of shipping containers that always remind me of the opening scenes of the film Wall-E. Most capi...Read More
The machine for loading credit on your card Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Before going to Lisbon for our recent holiday, I had a half plan to not bother too much with public transport. I go to the city often and have always found the local taxis to be great value so I had in mind that we might just jump in a cab every time we needed to get anywhere. After a couple of dodgy drivers on our first evening – one who drove like a lunatic, the other who invented the longest possible path between two points – I decided I'd had enough and we would try to use the Metro and trams as much as possible. Our hotel – Hotel DAH – was located between two Metro stations, Olaias and Alameda. Alameda is a junction station, one where the green and red lines cross, so it proved to be particularly...Read More

Portugalia

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Restaurant | "Don't look the lobsters in the eye"

Portugalia Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Portugalia Cervejaria on Almirante Reis is the original beer hall which spawned a whole chain of spin-offs. Like fictional claims that we're never more than a few feet from a rat, it seems like wherever you go in Lisbon you're seldom more than one Metro stop from a Portugalia restaurant. We saw at least three but I'm glad we actually ate in the original one.Dining out in Lisbon on a Sunday or Monday can be a tricky issue. Most places are closed on either Sunday or Monday although my guess would be that Monday closure is more typical. I left the challenge of finding a place to my lovely friend Teresa who has lived in Lisbon for nearly a decade. We've known each other for half our live...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 1, 2013

Portugalia
Avenida Almirante Reis 117, Chile, 1150
Lisbon, Estremadura
1-314 0002