LISBOA

LISBOA

 

 

Lissabon

 

After our little journey to Poland we went to Lisbon last weekend. And let me tell you about the main difference: The weather – IT WAS WARM!  I was wearing T-shirt, did not freeze to death, the sun was shining and I felt like it’s summer soon!

We stayed in an apartment near the Praça do Comércio, next to a metro station.The metro  – I have to say – is monumental! It’s the truth, this thing is build for probably a million to use at the same time!

The place itself is quite beautiful, with expensive cafés, restaurants, bars and clubs. The “entrance” is the Arco de Rua Augusta and on the opposite side lies the river Tejo. Especially the “gate” to the river is enjoyable.

 

 

 

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 The next day we went on to explore the city by feet! Although there’s the famous tram “Line 28” we walked and walked not only to remain fit (haha) but also to realize all the art that is flooding Lisbon – without visiting a museum.

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Cool idea – harbor area

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 The next day we tried to find the famous flea market Feira Da Ladra which is located somewhere near the castle, but on the other side. You don’t know where that is? We didn’t know either. So we walked the wrong direction first, up to the castle, around the castle to the flea market. Maybe I didn’t mention it until now but, damn, Lisbon got so many stairs. It’s actually a city built on stairs, surrounded by them. In conclusion: it was a quite long and exhausting way to the flea market – but definitely worth it!

 

The flea market was way bigger than expected and set at a very picturesque location next to the water.

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I never saw a teapot in a shape of balls before… 

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At night we tried to search a nice Restaurant but due to some super dumb decisions we didn’t find it, searched for a street but it was in another town and the other one was reserved and so we chose a restaurant in the middle of the main tourist area with a fat guy singing “the top of the pops”, haha. Funny though – and tasty tapas! Afterwards we searched for a cool bar in the famous district Bairro Alto until we were tired…

Lisbon is not only famous for portwine, cork and fish but also for their beautiful houses! They are either colorful or decorated with beautiful tiles. Just have a look at these pictures:

 And, of course, we noticed the famous tram – but we walked by. It’s shape is nearly the same like in Budapest so I don’t know where the big deal is. Its cute though. Here you go:

Last but not least we took a ride to Bélem, which is known for its pasties and the Torro de Bélem. We went there twice, at night- and daytime. The district is just beautiful, clean and bright. We walked by the monument and took a look at the beautiful architecture. I thought that although it is beautiful – its also really boring to stay there longer than one hour.

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Lisbon is a great place with great people. definitely a city where I could live in! Beautiful buildings, great food and a friendly atmosphere! I hope you enjoyed reading this –

Next stop will be: ISTANBUL!

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GDANSK – WARSZAWA – KRÁKOW

My next destination last weekend was more a cute, little journey through Germany’s neighbour: POLAND. I went to…

 GDANSK – WARSZAWA – KRÁKOW

 

and it was great!

Let’s start in Germany, Lübeck. It was the first time that I started at this airport – and it will be the last. It’s a sad sad place. Unfriendly and cold. Luckily I never have to go there again. Look at their duty free shop.

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I always wanted to buy everything in a duty free shop  – it was my dream. I missed the chance to let it come true.

GDANSK

Anyhow, the flight to Gdansk (Danzig) was smooth and quite short. We arrived at our Air B’n’B host and went to town. I didn’t look up much before we went there – this time I made sure what the current currency in this country is – and I was surprised! What a stunning beautiful city!

By that I mean, of course, the Old town of Gdansk. It is a quite small but stunning beautiful area with narrow streets comprised by high, unique painted, buildings. The centre is a wide street which you can enter (and leave) by passing to gates.

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at night.

We had a nice stay there but honestly, if you plan to go there – don’t stay longer than 3 days maximum. It is a beautiful place but there’s not much going on. A few bars, a few restaurants and a few museums are located in the Old Town of Gdansk. And well, the weather was sunny but too cold to walk around for longer than an hour.

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Front view of St.Mary’s Church

The main church of Gdansk is also one of the biggest in whole Europe. Its the St. Mary’s Church. It is a massive building made of bricks.  It’s construction startet in 1343 and was finished in 1502. Fucking old. I didn’t take more pictures because the church is too massive and big to get a quite nice view on it – also it’s in the middle of Old Town.

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The Town Hall

Another beautiful building is the Ratusz Glownego Miasta (the town hall), it’s located in the middle of the Old Town as well and really beautiful. I could tell you a lot about the history of Gdansk now but I think that if you`re really interested you can look it up yourself  -it’s definitely worth it.

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The most remarkable sight – the Crane – embedded in the Motlawa River Embankment

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Taken from the other side of the river, in the background you can spot St. Mary’s Church and the town hall

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Parts of the old city wall.

WARSZAWA

After having a pleasant stay in Gdansk we took the Bus (Polski Bus – which was surprisingly comfortable) to the capital of Poland – Warszawa. And what can I say? I was disappointed. A lot of stuff went wrong, too. Maybe it also influenced my overall impression of Warsaw. But after the beauty of Gdansk this city is quite ugly. At first you are welcomed by a relict of the socialist/communist past of Poland, the Palace of Culture and Science…

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Haha.

 

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I was lost in this gigantic puzzle of ugly malls, shops and restaurants. We only walked around a little because we had to find a place to sleep. That day was kinda fucked up. The next should be better – and it was. As we figured out Warsaw also got an Stare Miasto (Old Town). We went there but it was different from the one in Gdansk. The streets were freaking tidy, as if someone walks by with a wiper every now and then.

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We walked around the christmas market, the castle, ate dumplings (Pirogies) and had a beer, or two. This night was also the first night that I tried couchsurfing and we were really lucky that we had such a friendly and sophisticated host, thank you again very very much Ula :), where we slept. She also showed us a cool place with more alternative bars you might not notice in the first place. All in all I’m not a big fan of Warsaw right now but on the other hand, we only stayed there one and a half day – and in winter. I’m quite convinced that Warsaw got cool places, bars and areas where people can hang out and have fun. The next day we spent with buying me gloves for fucks sake, it was fucking cold already!! I always had to hide my hands in my jacket or pants. Incredible. Later we took another Polski Bus to our final destination:

KRAKOW

and it was about time. I was really excited to go there because a lot of people told me how cool this city is. Even newspaper articles wrote about the flair, the bars, the history and the beauty of this place. We had a beautiful Air B’n’B stay half an hour away from the city centre. We were hosted by an old, very cute couple who didn’t speak english or german. It was really funny to communicate by gesture and Google Translator, haha.

We arrived New Year’s Eve at 9pm and immediately went to the city centre to experience the main party at the, can you guess, Stare Miasto.

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After half day sleeping we moved on to explore Krakow. First destination was Kazimierz, the old jewish district/ghetto of Krakow. This district is really impressive. You have nice, cozy, sometimes fancy bars, restaurants and clubs there. I bet it’s awesome in summertime! We had to go from bar to bar because the temperature kept sinking. It was -15° during the day, the lowest was on our last night -24°, so we had to keep ourselves warm. Kazimierz is not only full of bars – it’s also full of Street Art if you keep your eyes open.

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Street Art

Afterwards we visited Krakows Old Town, which was more relaxed than Warsaw but still not as beautiful as Gdansk’s is.

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We tried to follow a “free walking tour” and barely managed it to follow them half an hour. I was freezing to death, haha.

 

There are two things which I didn’t taste before but did in Poland. It’s mulled beer and mulled wine (polish style). Especially the mulled beer sounds weird at first sight but you really need to try it! Even more when its -15° outside.

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It’s tastier than it looks, I promise!

More pictures:

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Wawel Castle.

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In conclusion: Krakow was the best place to stay, it’s nearly as beautiful as Gdansk but with pubs, restaurants, cafés and clubs. But you should probably spend more time there because of the history & culture, Krakow has a lot to offer – and Oświencim is nearby and should be a must. Whole Poland has a sometimes difficult but really interesting history which is worth to learn and to know about.

GO THERE!