Alfama – La Alma

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For our few days in Lisbon, we stayed in the Alfama neighborhood. My husband had been to Lisbon before, and he was all about Alfama. Me, I didn’t know what to expect.

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I was SO GLAD we took his advice, because Alfama was fabulous.

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The neighborhood is built onto one of the hills overlooking the river, and because of it’s location, it survived a major earthquake and fire (1755) that destroyed most of the city. Alfama survived, and thus retains the oldest historical character in the city.

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We stayed at the Hello Lisbon serviced apartments. These are highly, highly recommended.

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I’m not much of a hotel person, but give me a little studio apartment in the heart of a neighborhood with charming features, a totally remodeled interior, a kitchenette, detailed instructions on everything and… gourmet breakfast delivered to the door? I’m a very happy camper.

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I’m kicking myself for not taking photos of the apartment, but I loved it. We stayed at the Castelo apartments, and one of the trolley lines ran right outside our door.

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We also walked up to the Castelo twice. Once to explore the neighborhood and once to visit the Castelo at sunset.

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The first evening we simply stepped out our door and wove our way down through the ancient streets.

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We had views of the river from many lookouts and I was charmed by paint-peeled doorways, potted plants and balconies at every turn. Not to mention the tile.

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Oh, the tile.

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Let’s just I came home with some. In a padded cardboard box, that my lovely husband hand-carried. Stay tuned for our fireplace makeover. (Don’t hold your breath. I expect it will take place in 2017.)

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We found this tile shop that specializes in reproduction historic tiles.

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You’ll have to hold your breath to discover which one of these beauties we came home with.

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