By: Kathleen Cheong, Images by: Nico Marchand
Lisbon offered landmark after landmark, surprise after surprise. My son is a huge fan of trains so when we jumped on the infamous Tram 28, he was speechless (for once!). Jacob was in awe of our ride through the tight corridors of the city and taken by surprise by some sneaky travelers jumping and hanging onto the doors of the tram. Before our trip, we read that we needed to be cautious for pickpockets on the tram, but we were vigilant and had no issues. At the end of the ride, we found a refreshing wading pool where the three of us happily jumped in. It was at least 35 degrees outside! Local street vendors sold fresh watermelon and delicious sandwiches for an afternoon snack (convenient for a growing boy who is always hungry!).
We continued our adventures and paid a visit to the nearby Sao Jorge castle, easily accessed on foot with the stroller we borrowed from our Airbnb hosts. The landmark, with origins dating back to the mid-11th century, showcased a castle and the ruins of a royal palace. A great thing about the visit – kids under ten years old are free!
The Oceanarium was also a perfect choice for an afternoon activity. Europe’s second largest aquarium was a hit with Jacob (and with my photographer boyfriend!). It was quite impressive and surprisingly busy for a Friday afternoon. We loved the sunfish! The aquarium was worth the twenty minute walk from the Oriente station on such a beautiful day. There were water fountains and parks to stop at along the way!