Midway through the month, I took advantage of my current three-and-a-half day weekends and a direct flight out of Lille to embark on a sunny 48-hour getaway south to Lisbon.
|Inside the cloister|
Anyone can walk in and visit the church, but a ticket will get you inside the cloister and up into the church's choir loft for a better view of the altar and interior architecture.
Friday evening brought the highlight of the weekend: a concert by Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi, who played the last of his 2017 Europe tour at the Campo Pequeno bull ring. It's a really neat venue with a partially open roof; here and here and here are videos of the action. Outside of the handful of albums he's produced, you may recognize Ludovico Einaudi's music from the Intouchables movie soundtrack or the 2002 Doctor Zhivago TV miniseries.
I had most of Saturday in town as well before my flight to Brussels; there are a couple of museums I'd still like to visit in Lisbon, but I couldn't bring myself to spend time inside with such beautiful weather. Instead, I filled my time soaking up the sun sitting at outdoor cafés with my Kindle, enjoying music by the water, and walking the streets of Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon.