The March 2009 issue of the American travel magazine Budget Travel features a 3-page article about Lisbon and other destinations around Portugal in its â€œTrip Coachâ€ section. Itâ€™s a section where a reader previously asked the magazineâ€™s editors for advice on an upcoming trip and then reports back with photos and reactions to the recommended experiences.
This month was a couple of friends who started their European trip in Paris and then moved on to Lisbon.
The magazine suggested a walking tour with a local guide, dinner at Flores Restaurant inside the Bairro Alto Hotel, a night out at Cabaret Maxime, Lux, and Clube de Fado, and visits to the Gulbenkian Museum and Jeronimos Monastery. For trips outside Lisbon, the recommended destinations were Sintra, Evora, and Coimbra.
The readersâ€™ trip report included their personal photos, including that of another destination they decided to add to their itinerary — Cascais. Â They noted the wave-like pavements in that seaside town, and the abundant use of tiles in the Portuguese capital which led them to buy one with an image of the city as a souvenir.
In Sintra they enjoyed the Moorish Castle and the Quinta da Regaleira estate, while the best meal was in fact at the magazine-recommended Flores Restaurant where one of them celebrated her 35th birthday with a special surprise dessert offered by the waiter.
Other memorable experiences were stopping for a drink at the ChapitÃ´ bar-restaurant and the peace and quiet they felt in the Santo Antonio Church in Estoril which they said they gladly found by accident.
For the entire article you’ll have to buy the magazine which is available on newsstands in the United States right now, and soon around the world wherever international publications are sold.