What makes a city "cool" ?
If it means being loaded with atmosphere, charm, great food and nightlife, yet ignored by the bulk of travelers, then Lisbon deserves consideration as Europe's coolest capital.
Fiona Dunlop, for CNN
January 26, 2014
A cozy, in an old portuguese style (19th century) this small apartment is located in Mouraria, one of the oldest and most charming neighbourhoods in Lisbon.
Includes one bedroom, a living room, an small kitchen and one small bathroom.
Lisbon: color equals cool.
The city is less about heaving clubs and more about a roving nocturnal flow that ends (maybe) when dawn rises over the Tagus River.
The main action is in the Bairro Alto, where more than 250 appealing bars line a web of streets between graffiti-plastered walls.
Next is the riverfront, in the hip neighborhood around Cais do Sodré railway station.
Typical of the offbeat flavor here is the converted brothel Pensão where ace cocktails accompany erotica and DJ sets.
Capping a Lisbon night are pre-dawn traffic jams at Santa Apolonia docks -- they're created by the popularity of Lux, the king of Lisbon superclubs nal tiled café, Antiga Confeitaria de Belem
Interaction with guests
ou'd think Lisbonites would brag about their achievements -- first global empire, world's best custard tarts, sea bass with seaweed that actually tastes great.
On the contrary, along with the rest of the nation, they excel in that ages old literary device/defense mechanism: irony.
As Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa once eloquently summed up the prevailing national outlook: "I'd woken up early, and took a long time getting ready to exist."
That old entertaining melancholy has resurfaced with the austerity of recent years, helping Lisbonites remain (almost) content and always witty, even in tough times.
Other things to note
"The end of a travel is only the beginning of another.
It is necessary to see what was not seen, to see again what was already seen, seeing in Spring what had had been seen in Summer, to see during the day what was seen in the evening, with sun where firstly the rain was falling, seeing the green wheat field, the ripe result, the stone that changed of place, the shadow that was not here.
It is necessary to return to the steps that were given, to repeat them, and to draw new ways beside them.
It is necessary to recommence the travel.
José Saramago in Viagem a Portugal
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