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5 Must-Visit Places in Lisbon

We loved Lisbon, a city that resembles Istanbul where we were born and grew up, with abundant sunshine and Pastel de Nata available on every corner, and we had an incredible 4 days. Of course, it's impossible to limit the must-see places to just five, but as always, I'll share the top five spots that I enjoyed the most. If you get a chance to visit, let me know, alright?

1-Miradouro de Santa Luzia: Miradouro de Santa Luzia is a fantastic viewpoint to start your day. You can watch the sunrise or enjoy your morning coffee while observing the local artists. From this vantage point, you can have a panoramic view of the city and catch a glimpse of the Alfama district, which you will explore later on. It's a perfect spot to take amazing photos. Although we prefer the morning, it's also a great option to watch the sunset.

2- Alfama: Alfama is the oldest neighbourhood in the city. It is one of the must-visit spots to experience the essence of the city and understand its history. Compared to other districts, it was minimally affected by the Lisbon earthquake of 1755, which means the historical fabric has been fully preserved. The streets adorned with hanging laundry and the yellow trams climbing the steep hills will surely leave a lasting impression on your memory.

3-Elevador de Santa Justa: Must-visit places in the Old City section. These elevators were declared national monuments in 2002 due to their impressive architecture, and serve as a transportation link between Bairro Alto and Baixa. They also take you to the remains of the Carmo Convent, which was affected by the Lisbon earthquake. Moreover, from its top floor, you can enjoy a colourful view of Lisbon.

4-Sanctuary of Christ the King: The point

overlooks the Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge and offers the best view. You have probably crossed the bridge to reach here, and the red bridge, visible from many parts of the city, will leave a lasting impression. The monument that gives its name to this spot was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and it is so magnificent that you can see it from various points in the city.

5- Belem Tower: Although originally built for defensive purposes, this tower, which gives its name to the area, is now one of the must-see attractions that tourists don't want to miss. This magnificent fortress is truly worth seeing, even if you don't go inside. You should admire its architecture and the beauty it adds to the city. Additionally, when you visit this area, you can continue along the waterfront and see many other points of interest such as the Monument to the Discoveries and the MAAT. Don't forget to try the famous pastries at the Belem bakery. Keep in mind that there will be a separate article about Lisbon's flavours.

Yes, as many of you may know, when we think of Paris, the first things that come to mind to tantalise our taste buds are croissants, baguette bread, and éclairs. Are there more? Absolutely.

-Macarons: Colourful and filled with a variety of flavours, macarons are an essential part of French patisseries. They have a crisp outer shell and a soft, creamy filling. I would recommend trying them at famous pastry shops like Ladurée and Pierre Hermé. -French cheeses: France is renowned for its world-class cheeses. Camembert, Brie, Roquefort, Comté, and Emmental are just a few examples of the diverse range of cheeses available in cheese shops throughout Paris. Cheese lovers will find themselves in heaven, and exploring different types of cheese to find their perfect match.

-Foie Gras: Foie gras is a significant delicacy in French cuisine. It is made from the fattened liver of ducks or geese and is served in upscale restaurants and fine dining establishments in Paris. It is a unique flavour experience with its distinct taste and velvety texture.

-Escargot: Escargot, or snails, is a popular dish in French cuisine. Cooked in garlic butter, snails can be found in traditional French restaurants in Paris. If you're up for a delicious and adventurous experience, you can give Escargot a try.

-Quiche Lorraine: Quiche Lorraine is a famous tart in French cuisine. It typically consists of ham, cheese, and cream, and is often served in Parisian cafes and restaurants. It can be enjoyed for breakfast or as a light lunch option. -Onion soup: Known as "soupe à l'oignon" in French, is a classic dish of French cuisine and is commonly found in restaurants in Paris. This soup is prepared by sautéing onions and then combining them with beef broth or chicken broth. It is typically topped with slices of bread and melted cheese.

Allow me to now describe a few restaurants/cafés that have made a lasting impression on my memory for you. - Bouillon Chartier; This restaurant, established in 1986, initially served as a worker's eatery, but now it embellishes almost every Paris trip with its delicious dishes. The menu is specially crafted every day. We tried a magnificent sauce-coated steak and profiteroles, both of which were delightful. We can confidently say that it offers unbeatable value for the price. To immerse yourself in the historical ambience, they do not provide a bill but instead write down everything you order on a paper tablecloth placed on the table, and they calculate the total when you wish to settle the bill. Be sure to give it a try!

-Carette; We are in a place called Carette, which is situated very close to the Eiffel Tower and will mesmerize you with its historical atmosphere. While sitting outside, sipping your coffee, you can truly feel like a French person. Onion soup, Quiche Lorraine, éclairs, and hot chocolate—did I hear you say we're going to try all of them here? Absolutely, each one of them is a signature delicacy.

-Angelina; Angelina, located near the Louvre Museum, is a popular option for breakfast, but I believe it is a bit overrated. We have experienced many more delicious croissants in local places. However, there is one thing that I don't think has equal: the "Mont Blanc" dessert, which can be described as chestnut puree. It is worth going there just for this, and you can grab it and go without having to wait in line for about an hour.

-Cedric Grolet Cedric Grolet, the French pastry chef. I'm sure many of you have come across his videos on Instagram or TikTok. He has two popular locations, one near the Opera House and the other along the way to the Louvre Museum. The taste of his pastries is unquestionable; they are truly delicious. However, it can be a bit frustrating not knowing the waiting time or whether the item you desire is still available when your turn arrives. Similarly, I believe that the prices for high-quality croissants or cookies are exaggerated. And here's a little tip: they have a branch in London, but much quieter.

5 Must-Visit Places in Paris

Paris is renowned as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, thanks to its rich history and romantic atmosphere. The city is brimming with numerous significant attractions worth exploring. Here are five essential places to visit when in Paris:

1. Louvre Museum: As one of the largest museums worldwide, the Louvre is a must-visit for art enthusiasts. It houses famous masterpieces like the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, along with a vast collection of significant artworks. Prepare to be captivated by the historical and artistic treasures within its walls.

2. Eiffel Tower: The Eiffel Tower, an iconic symbol of Paris, stands tall as one of the most famous landmarks globally. Ascend to its top and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Additionally, witnessing the tower illuminated at night offers a visual spectacle that will leave you in awe.

3. Arc de Triomphe: I recommend visiting the Arc de Triomphe, also known as the Victory Arch when you travel to Paris. This historical monument is a symbolic icon of the city and offers a fantastic view of Paris. From the top of the Arc de Triomphe, you can admire the breathtaking panoramic view of landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées. If you are interested in history and architecture, make sure to add this famous monument to your itinerary while exploring Paris.

4. Palais Garnier-Opéra National de Paris: This iconic opera house is a symbol of grandeur and elegance and is renowned for its stunning architecture and world-class performances. Whether you are an opera enthusiast or simply appreciate the arts, a visit to the Opéra National de Paris is a must. Explore its opulent interiors, witness a breathtaking performance, or take a guided tour to learn about the rich history and cultural significance of this prestigious institution. The Opéra National de Paris offers an unforgettable experience that beautifully combines music, dance, and visual splendour.

5. Champs-Élysées: Champs-Élysées, one of the most famous and luxurious shopping avenues in Paris, offers a wide array of high-end stores, restaurants, and cafes. Take a leisurely stroll down this iconic boulevard to soak in the elegance and sophistication of Paris. It's an ideal spot for both shopping enthusiasts and those seeking a delightful promenade.

Paris is a captivating city, filled with historical and cultural riches. In this blog post, I've shared five must-visit places that should be on everyone's list. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the renowned Louvre Museum, the awe-inspiring Notre Dame Cathedral to the bohemian charm of Montmartre, and the elegant Champs-Élysées, each destination offers a unique experience that adds to the allure of the City of Light.

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