Wanderlust: Lisbon

After a trip to Italy in June of last year, I'd sworn off international travel for a while. After all, there's so many places in the United States I have yet to see (I'm ashamed to say I've never even been to Washington DC), so it seemed fitting that I focus my wanderlust tendencies closer to home. However, some recent photos I've come across of Lisbon, Portugal, have made me think again...

Located on the Western coast of Portugal, Lisbon is often referred to as San Francisco's "sister city," complete with steep hills, winding streets, cable cars, and even a "mini" Golden Gate Bridge built by the same construction company that built the Bay Bridge some thirty years prior.

What struck me the most about these photos was the incredible color seemingly infused into every square inch of the city. Boldly colorful doorways, intricately patterned tiles, and the unmistakable blue of the Mediterranean Sea lend an incredible palate to the city. Lisbon also beautifully blends the historic with the new, both structurally and culturally. Ancient hilltop cathedrals rub shoulders with decidedly "Marina-esque" areas like Bairro Alto, where bars and cafes are as ubiquitous as the Caipirinhas they're serving up.

Consider Lisbon booked for my next international adventure (DC isn't going anywhere, right?).

Colorful doorways and boldly patterned marble.

Colorful doorways and boldly patterned marble.

Blue and white tile gorgeousness.

Blue and white tile gorgeousness.

25 de Abril Bridge—Lisbon's "mini" Golden Gate. 

25 de Abril Bridge—Lisbon's "mini" Golden Gate.