Lisbon, I missed you

It had been 6 months since my last trip to Lisbon, Portugal. I missed it so much – not just the city and the way of life, the light and the food. I missed my family and friends too. And obviously missed the sun.

So for a long weekend, which included a fab stopover in Alentejo and the Algarve, it was time to go back to my pretty hometown.

The first sight: the newly 'finished' Praca do Comercio

The first sight: the newly ‘finished’ Praca do Comercio

This time around, we stayed in a completely different part of town – and I have to tell you, what a nice change of scenery! The Mercy Hotel, located very close to Chiado and Bairro Alto was our home away from home, and its location completely changed our Lisbon experience. I did feel like a tourist, which was rather nice!

Lisbon is a pretty city, it really is!

Lisbon is a pretty city, it really is!

I love hotels (as you possibly know by now) – and what I love the most is how diverse they can be. Some people exclusively prefer boutique hotels, others only like chains – I like both. It is nice to see new projects opening up in town, and I must say I really liked this hotel. It was small and very personal, but the actual hotel product was good. Service was also very good (which is still one of my battles when I am in Portugal).

The very chic Mercy Hotel

The very chic Mercy Hotel

The room was lovely and spacious, the bathroom also very cool and black (which I love), but there was just a small but important detail: the hangers. Come on.. a sin according to Mrs. O’s hotel bible. The breakfast was great – and I loved the concept. The continental element of it is brought to your table and then eggs and fruit come later. Very nice and included in the room rate (we Portuguese know a thing or three about breakfast, that is all I can say).

On the next day, we did something quite different. I accepted Flytographer‘s challenge and decided to go for a walk around town with Mr. O. What was so special about it? We had Goncalo, Flytographer‘s photographer in Lisbon, with us.

I will take 3 glasses, por favor. Photo by Flytographer.

I will take 3 glasses, por favor. Photo by Flytographer.

I thought this was a great concept – you can hire a specially handpicked photographer in one of 50 locations around the world for 30 minutes, 1 or 2 hours. And you don’t pose, so it isn’t intrusive and you don’t really look silly. I loved my photos and they are, without a doubt, the best photos I have of yours truly and Mr. O in Lisbon.

I love these. Photo by Flytographer.

I love these. Photo by Flytographer.

Fun or what? Photo by Flytographer.

Fun or what? Photo by Flytographer.

It was lovely to go back to Lisbon for a day or so – with friends and family to see, I always find myself going between meals (this is how we meet!) and not really sure where time goes. I really hope I can visit soon, as no matter where I go in the world, it is still one of my favourite places ever.

And before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye to Lisbon.

And before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye to Lisbon.

But worry not, I am pretty sure I will be back.

Ate breve.


Mrs. O


Disclaimer: I was a guest of the Mercy Hotel (room rates starting at $200 per night) and also of Flytographer (30 minute sessions starting at $200), and both were great experiences. Please visit their websites for more information.

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  1. Billy Mads

    November 4, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Never been, looks like a beautiful place.

  2. Henry | @fotoeins

    May 8, 2014 at 4:35 am

    After watching Lisbon lovingly featured for an hour on Waterfront Cities of the World, I know now I must go. From Vancouver to Lisbon, I’m drawn strongly to waterfront cities, and it would be a lot of fun to find (some obvious) contrasts, but also to draw a few comparisons. Thanks for letting us in on the “draw” to Lisbon, Ana!
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  3. Lisbon Traveller

    January 10, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Great article @mrsoaroundtheworld. Nothing you haven’t got us used to right? 🙂 Let us know if we can once give you some extra tips on our lovely city! Nothing would make us more proud!

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      January 10, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Would love to, thank you!

      • Lisbon Traveller

        January 10, 2014 at 4:48 pm

        Great! Let’s keep in touch.

        Write us in to and let us know when (more or less) are you thinking about visiting.

        If you’re really into it, we’ll try to understand what are your travelling habits and create a set of recommendations based on it just for you 🙂 Accommodation, Restaurants, Bars, Trekking routes, Events, Fun facts, History, Transportation..uff 🙂 We’ll make sure you’re into the best of the real city life in Lisbon 🙂

        Ah, we even send everything by post, like the ‘old days’! How about that? 😀

        • @mrsoaroundworld

          January 10, 2014 at 7:03 pm

          Thank you! I was born in Lisbon and only moved away 4 years ago – it is one of my favourites!

  4. Jessica Benavides Canepa

    December 4, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    If you make it to Sintra, I would recommend the Penha Longa Resort with their fabulous Six Senses Spa.

    Love the flyphotograper pics, what a great idea!
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      December 6, 2013 at 11:50 am

      I so need to go back there. Must be 20 years since I last visited!

  5. Travelingpanties

    October 29, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I know I’ve probably already said this but the pics of you and Mr. O are just so adorable! LOVE! And I have to get to Lisbon, so embarrassed to say I’ve never been to Portugal!
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  6. Teodoro Junior

    October 25, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    What a great post! I feel the same, it is extremely hard for me to change the scenery in Lisbon (same hotels, department stores etc.) but I took a different approach one month ago when I last went there and instead of staying at the Pestana Palace (an hotel that I absolutly cherish and not as pretentious like so many *cough Epic Sana *cough ) I decided to stay in Cascais just for the fun of it and what a different experience it was, I stayed at the Cidadela de Cascais – Pousada de Cascais and I can’t stress enough how wonderful my experience was, and I definitely felt like a proper tourist, which I think (a bit cheesy I know..) is one of the greatest feelings 🙂

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      October 25, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      I know what you mean… and to be honest, I have been toying with that idea.. I was thinking Cascais or even Sintra… thank you so much for stopping by!

  7. Kathryn

    October 17, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I’ve only been to Portugal the once and that was years ago down south in Tavaria but Lisbon is on my wish list. Love the Flytographer photos – what a fun idea.
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  8. Traveling Ted

    October 13, 2013 at 1:39 am

    I could use a Flytographer photographer tomorrow running the marathon. Pictures of me running would not be as nice as you and Mr. O in Portugal.
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      October 14, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Now that is a FAB idea! It would be very interesting, Ted

  9. Mary Anne

    October 12, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Pictures are great and i am with you on the hanger situation.

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      October 14, 2013 at 10:56 am

      It is just a little thing, but does make a difference!

  10. Erin at The World Wanderer

    October 12, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Such beautiful photos! I really love the idea behind Flytographer – looks like you had fun!
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  11. the lazy travelers

    October 11, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    love those photos of you and mr. o! we tend to make the hubs follow the romantic and i around and pretend to be our photographer… xo, the wino
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  12. Pola (@jettingaround)

    October 10, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Coming home is wonderful, as I recently found out (once again) in Krakow. LOVELY pictures, Ana!! I just *have to* finally visit Lisbon. It’s ridiculous that I haven’t been yet!
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      October 10, 2013 at 10:06 am

      It is ridiculous indeed!!! But I know what you mean!

  13. Mrs D of Hello the Mushroom

    October 10, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Lovely photos!!!
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  14. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    October 10, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Going home is always a neat thing – the heart does grow fonder, doesn’t it??
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  15. Alberto

    October 9, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    All those smiling photos of you and your husband having a good time in Lisbon couldn’t be a better invitation for people to come and visit this wonderful city. Great post!

  16. John M

    October 9, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Lisbon is such a beautiful city! I need to go back soon so will check out that hotel.

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      October 9, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      Lisbon is a very nice part of the world (I am, obviously, suspect). Mercy Hotel was a very pleasant surprise!

  17. Jean-Yves

    October 9, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Very nice photos, Mrs. O!

  18. Kim-Marie Evans

    October 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Did that chalkboard say that the “best Portuguese wine” was like $4 a glass?????
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      October 9, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      Yup! And it is true – prices are much more reasonable there. And the wine is fab!

  19. Miguel de Sousa-Otto

    October 7, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Olá Mrs O, what a pleasure to see you and Mr O in such a beautiful scenery – Lisboa!
    Maria Manuel and I miss you both, what a fantastic time we had together at Herdade do Vau.

  20. lola

    October 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    MUST go to Portugal in 2014. just MUST
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  21. Quyen

    October 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I miss Portugal too! The people are so nice. The seafood is the best I’ve ever had. And the Fado is beautiful.
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  22. Leah

    October 4, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    It’s great to see these photos of you and Mr. O. They must be the perfect keepsakes from a place so special to you.
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  23. Linda D'Alessandro

    October 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Olà MrsO,

    I spent my summer vacations when I was a kid in Lisbon at my grandparents house, summer days at the beach in Costa da Caparica, or at my uncle’s beautiful summer residence in Cascais. When my husband and I got married in 1996 we had our honeymoon in Lisboa! One word comes to my mind…saudade!
    It’s time to visit again, I guess!
    Thank you for sharing,

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