When your teenagers go off to Bible Camp for the week, what on earth do you do with yourselves? Well, you could stay at home and enjoy the peace and quiet….But when you’re married to a travel agent, that’s never going to happen! Before I could say lickety-split, Nathan, Emily and I were on board an aeroplane. Our destination – Lisbon!
Now I must admit, I wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy a City Break. Ask me what I prefer – city or countryside – and I would definitely say I am drawn to the green field, the running river and the rustic farmhouse!
Little did I know what a treat I was in for!
You can fly from London to Lisbon, quicker than you could drive to Manchester! It takes around 2 hrs 20 mins. There is no time difference, so you don’t even need to reset your watch when you arrive. This was good for me, as naturally, with the kids away at camp, I wanted to make sure we could get back fairly fast in an emergency!
Outside the airport it was very easy to find a bus that would drop us to the door of our hotel. It only cost around 2 euros each and the bus ride gave us a good view of the outskirts of the City.
The hotel Corinthia was modern, clean and comfortable and served a good continental breakfast. Although the hotel was not in the heart of the city, it made an ideal base from which to explore. The staff were helpful, and happy to suggest good places to eat, make reservations give directions etc. It was also a calm and tranquil place to come back to after a day amid the hustle and bustle of the City.
The Corinthia is situated just across the road from the Metro Station, which was a real plus point. The Metro is affordable and very straight forward to use – in fact, if you’re at all familiar with the London Tube, then it’s a doddle!
As we arrived in Lisbon fairly late in the afternoon, we decided to leave our exploring until the following morning. However, we did go out for dinner. The hotel recommended a good Italian restaurant, Come Prima, not too far away, which we got to by taxi.
If you’re looking for a bit of good, honest grub, then you must visit Come Prima! It was wonderful. Nothing too fancy on the outside – but everything was just how you’d want an Italian Restaurant to be. The setting, with it’s dimmed lighting, felt cosy, authentic, and relaxing. Our server, who was probably the Manager, was superb – extremely friendly, and he made such a fuss of Emily, even when she asked for Tomato Ketchup on her Spaghetti Bolognese! Oh the horror!
The wine and food were excellent and everything tasted fresh, delicious and home-made. By the end of that first evening we felt like the whole trip would have been worth it just for that meal!
A great start to a fantastic week!