You know, this post is more or less ancient history. I mean, it actually happened pre-Ziggy. About 5 months pre-Ziggy. I suppose that, after this particular trip, I just got caught up in all the baby preparations and last travel hoo-rahs, and never got around to blogging about this great trip I took in spring 2010. Paul and I had left Russia in summer of 2009, effectively ending our Olmsted tour. However, I was still lucky enough to be invited to the Olmsted Ladies' Getaway. This is a fun week-end where we all ditch our respective dudes and kids and head out for a good time in a city none of us live in. This was something started back in 2008 with a trip to Copenhagen. In 2009, we had a lovely time in Madrid. In 2010, we decided to return to the Iberian peninsula, with Lisbon as our destination.
Here's the thing about Lisbon. It isn't like Paris, or London, or Rome, where you can't spit without hitting an important tourist site. In fact, as I'm typing this, it is hard to name anything that we saw. I remember the experience, a little bit about the history, but I am hard-pressed to tell you what I actually did. I'm pulling out my Rough Guide to refresh my memory. My main impression of Lisbon was that it is a charming, charming city.
One of the most noticeable things about Lisbon is the ubiquitous presence of tiles. Many of the pedestrian areas (and even some non-pedestrian areas) are done in these beautiful patterns.