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You find it way out there on the distant fringes of the continent. There hangs Lisbon, right on the edge of Europe. Any further and you’d fall off into the Atlantic Ocean. So geographically marginal, Lisbon is often too easily overlooked by the aficionados in the business of ranking the best European cities. No doubt, it does not possess the iconic landmarks; its cuisine and wine are frequently dismissed as second class; and consequently it is perceived as lacking the wow-factor of Paris, Rome or Vienna.
Well, all I say to that is, oh happy days! I first came to Lisbon in 1975 and have been getting back whenever I could ever since. Of all the joys of this amazing town, one of the most pleasant is the remarkable dearth of tourists. Though, I’ll concede, having the almost perfect climate ain’t too shabby, either.
It has among the lowest crime rates of any of the best European cities. Plus, it is a true boon for the inveterate stroller, despite all the winding hills nike air max 90 ultra se baratas , with their sudden, stunning vistas that smack you rounding all kinds of bends.
Sure, the cuisine lacks the fanfare of Greek, Italian or French. Don’t let PR mislead you, though. Portuguese cooking is delicious and Lisbon is the place to experience it. If you love sea food you’re in for a great treat. Also, if you underestimate the wine, you’ll be making a big mistake. Notwithstanding a tradition of Portuguese export wine not being so exceptional, the domestically available vintages are delightful. Even an inexpensive glass from the most out of the way, sawdust on the floor, wine bar offers perfect a accent to the proceedings. And the port! Have you ever had white port? The coffee is fantastic, too. Lisbon should be famous for its cafes!
Lisbon provides all that classic European cultural stuff we’ve come to expect: it has cathedrals, museums, galleries nike air max 90 ultra moire baratas , regal town squares and impressive architecture. And, if you get a hankering for the beach, which other great European city offers anything like the Costa da Caparica? Just a short trip south of town brings you to its 19 ruggedly beautiful, sandy beaches. There is easy access to them all, along a cute little railway that travels their length, dropping you off at which ever beach you’d like. (Try that in Paris.)
But, while Lisbon is certainly a wonderful place to visit, I especially urge it upon those who can manage longer stays. The professional sabbatical, the longer vacation when you’re inspired to stay put and get to know the rhythms of a place, an ex-pat life, or if you want to write your great novel, when you need an inspirational