As part of our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program, we have so far been treated to trips away to Berlin in 2015, Bruges in 2016, Barcelona in 2017 and 2018 brought us to Lisbon.
We arrived at the airport at 5am on Friday morning and by 9.30am we landed in the beautiful city of Lisbon. Just from the 20-minute transfer from the airport to the hotel, it didn’t take long to realise the beauty of the Portuguese capital, with its eclectic architectural mix of styles and designs, beautiful azulejos tiles and graffiti that would rival Bristol’s street art scene.
Not long after dropping our bags off in the amazingly located TURIM Restauradores Hotel and a quick change of clothes, we were ready to start exploring the city. After a 5 minute hike up a rather steep tram lined hill, we arrived at the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, a beautiful terrace with panoramic views where we found a relaxed cafe and indulged in a mixture of coffees, beers, cocktails, pastries and toasted sandwiches (we’re a versatile bunch at the end of the day!). The group then headed down to the renowned Time Out market whilst taking in other sites along the way. We then put our glad-rags on, met in our hotel bar for happy hour and strolled over to the Insolito Restaurant where we met the rest of the ECE Group (making 65 of us) for a truly gorgeous 3-course meal and flowing wine. The night ended with us heading to a cheesy bar on the famous Pink Street – the whole night was random, hilarious and brilliant.
On our second full day we all took the time out to properly explore and make the most of our final 24 hours – a sight seeing bus seemed the most efficient way of doing this and meant we could take in the delights of many different architectural designs, visiting Santa Justa Lift, the Tower of Belem, MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology), Praça do Comércio and 25 de Abril Bridge, among others. We decided to wind down from the day and reward ourselves with a cold beer in the Baixa district, an area bound together with a series of squares and what can be considered as Europe’s first example of Urban Planning. The evening followed with more rooftop bars, pizzeria slices, car parks, frozen cocktails, electric scooters and McDonald’s – the majority of us went hunting for a late night venue and stumbled upon a stylish lively beach bar that encouraged our bad dancing and a much later night than anticipated. An early flight back into Bristol on Sunday morning meant we were home back in time for a Sunday Roast and ready to tackle the week ahead.
At ECE Westworks, we like to work hard when we work and when we play, well… we do the above! Let’s see what 2019 has in store for us!