I made a promise that 2014 would be my ‘yes’ year… which is perhaps why I found myself hopping on a plane to Lisbon only a few weeks after coming back from Copenhagen. It’s another must-visit city that I’ve wanted to explore for ages, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Great recommendations and the brilliant company of some of my oldest school friends made the stay even more enjoyable, as did our magical townhouse in Bairro Alto, a testament to the plethora of beautiful bolt holes awaiting discovery on AirBnB. If you haven’t yet used the site to book travel accommodation, I suggest you do! It was my first AirBnB experience and I was amazed at what we got for our money (after some extensive research by a particularly savvy friend). And the best thing was that it felt like a home — so much nicer than staying in a soulless hotel. We kicked off each day with a communal breakfast in the little dining room and ended each evening in the cosy living area, drinking copious amounts of red wine and setting the world to rights. And despite its central location, the house was incredibly peaceful; the large covered terrace off the main living space was surrounded by trees filled with chirruping birds (perfect for a morning yoga session), and the top terrace boasted a view over the rooftops to the Tagus River beyond. So, while I sort through the millions of pictures I took whilst climbing, descending and traversing the winding cobbled streets of this wonderful city, I’ll leave you with a photo tour of our Lisbon lodgings, a definite AirBnB win.

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  1. Lisbon is a city that has my heart, and interestingly, I just has my first Air BnB experience this weekend, in Bergen, Norway. The family that owned the apartment were so helpful, and its so lovely to have a space of your own rather than the formality of a hotel.

  2. I’m planning a trip to Lisbon and this airbnb looks so great. Can you tell me the name, please. Cause I don’t find it on the airbnb-website.

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