By Adam Jusko, ProudMoney.com, email@example.com
My family (me, my wife, and my teen son and daughter) went to Portugal in June of 2017, spending our time in and around Lisbon only. Below are my thoughts on the Lisbon area as a vacation destination as well as some specific thoughts on places we stayed, things we did, etc. I’ve split this story up into multiple pages with links so you can get to areas of potential interest without reading every word. (Though every word is worth reading 🙂
Overview: Lisbon is a friendly city that is not overrun with tourists. It’s a major city, bustling with activity. And yet the cars always stop at the crosswalks. Some areas of Lisbon and the surrounding area are beautiful, while others are full of graffiti. Regardless of the surroundings, we never felt unsafe walking. They say pickpocketing is the real crime to watch out for; we escaped with all our money and passports 🙂
Most people in Lisbon were able to speak some English, but less so than you might find in other European countries. A couple Portuguese phrases for you to know: “Fala ingles?” (Do you speak English?) and “Obrigado”/”Obrigada” (Thank you… men say “Obrigado” and women say “Obrigada”.) Restaurant and hotel workers will speak better English than others; our cab rides often consisted of a lot of pointing and smiling and hoping the driver understood.