Flying Solo: Day One in Lisbon, Portugal
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Hello from beautiful Lisbon!

On my first day of travel I arrived around 8:20 a.m. after a sleepless overnight flight from New York. I took a short taxi ride into the city and arrived at the magical Hotel Britania. I was greeted by their friendly English-speaking staff  (phew!) and, while I waited for my room, was invited to have breakfast, which consisted of a variety of juices, delicious coffee and espresso, ham, cheese, artichoke, tomatoes, eggs, cucumbers, more cheese, pastries and an assortment of breads, jams and butters.

After the most leisurely breakfast of my life, I was tuckered out from pulling an all-nighter, but I was determined not to waste time. I showered, quickly changed and ventured out into the city. I started my self-navigated tour with the streets of downtown Lisbon. I visited most of the major sites, including Parqu Eduardo, Rossio Square, Parca Do Comercio, Elevador D Santa Justa, Bairro Do Castelo and the Graca area via the surface tram.

Today's picture was from one of my favorite spots at the top of the Elevador da Gloria. The view was breathtaking of the city and the Rio Tejo River. From here on out, I'll be posting one picture each day that represents one of the most meaningful experiences I had from that day.

I hope you enjoy this journey as much as I do!

Signing off Dog Tired,
Renee

Renee Woodruff blogs about travel, food and life at Shape.com. Follow her on Twitter or see what she's up to on Facebook!

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