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Published: April 3rd 2018
The crew arrived at our airbnb after a long but uneventful travel day. Our home for the next 30 days is lovely. Most importantly, its in a great neighborhood. Lots of shops, markets and restaurants and not in a touristy area. Much to Cathy's delight, there are pastry shops everywhere!
Here's the link for the Airbnb, if you're interested: https://www.travelmob.com/p4098491
Some initial observations: 1) English is widely spoken; 2) Products and services are very inexpensive; 3) Uber is a great way to get around; 4) Using a European SIM card in your iPhone is a great option for taking advantage of the Internet while traveling.
Recognizing that we need to pace ourselves, we explored our neighborhood a bit then headed down to a big flea market in town, Fiera da Ladre. Actually, Cathy and our entourage explored the market, Mike found a cafe, drank coffee, and chatted it up with the locals. We, then, had a lovely lunch at Gato Pardo, an outdoor cafe that we wandered into while searching for a different restaurant.
Lisbon has a San Francisco like feel to it; lots of hills, eclectic neighborhoods with many bodega-like markets, and beautiful murals everywhere.
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