Lisbon, PORTUGAL / Photo Favorites / by Amanda Oliver

I can only imagine how much more I would have fallen for Lisbon if I had more than three days to spend there. I was immediately drawn in by the tiles and bright colors, the friendly people and thoughtful packaging of every item I purchased, the innovative food and commitment to quality, the winding streets and Fado music. 

While it's emboldening and often deeply satisfying to travel to places that do not easily or quickly win you over, there is something electrifying about arriving to a destination you instantly love. Lisbon jolted me with energy immediately—from the metro to the markets and the day trips to the hilly landscape, every inch of this place encouraged wandering and photographs, leisure and little indulgences.

Matching colors on a side street near LX Factory

Matching colors on a side street near LX Factory

Espresso, pastel de nata with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a ham and cheese croissant. Portuguese cheese is some of the best I've ever tasted.

Espresso, pastel de nata with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a ham and cheese croissant. Portuguese cheese is some of the best I've ever tasted.

The Initiation Well, Quinta da Regaleira. Sintra, Portugal.

The Initiation Well, Quinta da Regaleira. Sintra, Portugal.

Rua Nova Do Carvalho. Locals smiled when I tried to ask "Where is 'The Pink Street'" in Portuguese. Locals smiled pretty much all of the time, really.

Rua Nova Do Carvalho. Locals smiled when I tried to ask "Where is 'The Pink Street'" in Portuguese. Locals smiled pretty much all of the time, really.

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A few of my purchased goodies, many from A Vida Portuguesa. They carefully (and beautifully) wrapped all of my items I bought to give to loved ones.

A fresh spin on canned mackerel at Can the Can Lisbon.

A fresh spin on canned mackerel at Can the Can Lisbon.

Livraria Ler Devagar, LX Factory.

Livraria Ler Devagar, LX Factory.

Cascais, Portugal.

Cascais, Portugal.