First off, I would like to thank all the DEs and contributors who looked over my itinerary and helped tweak it. Any errors I made in the course of this trip were entirely due to my own incompetence.
Day 1 is posted here: apatchofsky.com/journal/lisbon-day-one.html
WARNING: I am a verbose writer. So for those of you who have no interest in inane ramblings and half-baked impressions, I will try to just put my practical tips here in the forum:
- Walking tour: People may have different preferences for how to handle a red-eye, but we were really glad we did this, as it kept us on our feet and moving the first day and gave us an overview of the city center to help us decide where we wanted to spend more time and where we didn't. I was spoiled by a private tour on a trip elsewhere, so that's my preference, but no reason not to do a group tour if you prefer that. Just tip your guide even if it's a "free" tour.
- Igreja de Sāo Roque and Igreja de Sāo Domingos: Two very different churches, both recommended as in a way they complement each other. Sāo Domingos has multiple services a day, so check the timing if you want to visit when there is not a service in progress (I believe the last mass is at 6 P.M.). Sāo Roque also has a museum, which we didn't visit, but if it's of interest, I believe the entrance fee is €5. You may enter the church for free.
- Viva Viagem: We bought cards at the end of the first day and loaded them with the Zapping option, €15 each. We found that public transport in Lisbon is clean, efficient, and all-around great—more to come on that subject in future posts.
- When we've traveled in Europe before, I've done a lot of restaurant research and made some reservations in advance. I didn't do that this time because I wasn't sure what areas we'd want to be in each night, so I figured we'd play it by ear. We ended up doing a lot of grazing and did not have that many sit-down full meals, so I'm afraid my report may not be of great interest to foodies. Next time, we'll look into fine dining and also seek out some good tascas. 😀
Day 1 Dining and Attraction Expenses:
Lunch/brunch (1 café, 1 meia de leite, 1 tosta mista, 1 granola and yogurt): €17,10 plus tip
Dinner (2 glasses white port apéritif, bread and butter, 1 bottle of water, 1 cod and spinach, 1 grilled fish and vegetables, 2 glasses of wine): €49,30 plus tip.
Hotel transfer and walking tour were pre-paid. Tipped in cash for the driver, bellhop, and tour guide.