we had early dinner at sen viet on 26.7.2016 as we were flying early the next day by 6.45am flight from luton to lisbon on 27.3.2016.
flight departure by easyjet was 6.45am.
we planned to be at the airport by 5.15am & the journey form son’s king’s cross apartment to luton airport took 1hr. so son booked a cab at 4.15am.
it just so happens that at midnight, uk reverse daylight saving so clock was reset forward 1 hr so we actually had to leave king’s cross apartment at 3.15am (reset to 4.15am). there were 4 of us & we decided to set the alarm for between 2.15am & 2.45am.
Easyjet actually offered to check in one bag for free. since we already purchased 1 check-in luggage, no delays to put in second free check-in luggage. we think the reason is that for budget airlines, passengers tend to not pay for check in & have too many hand-carries so not enuf cabin space.
there is no immigration at luton from uk to portugal (i guess to EU countries), but there was a passport verification table after airline check-in.
there is no time difference uk & portugal. our flight was delayed almost an hr in departure but caught up a bit so arrival was about 10am instead of 9.30am.
daughter booked a nice 3 bedroom airbnb apartment in chiado, quite a good, central location. we also had an airport pick-up for i think ¢32 from lisbon portela airport to our chaido apartment (8km). not really so costly since there were 4 of us.
on 31.3.2016, daughter had to return london then singapore early. we went with her to baxia-chiado station. it was a 40mins journey by subway to airport & cost ¢1.25.
daughter booked a 3 bedroom apartment for 4 nights. it’s huge 200 sq m apartment & cost was about S$1000, so S$250/night for 4pax.
the partner robi met us at the apartment. the cleaners were at work. still, we were able to get the keys & leave our luggage in the apartment.
living hall was great, heating, hot water, noise insulation, wifi all great! ^^
had some problem getting the cable & tv channels as everything in portugese. anyway son was able to connect the hdmi cable to watch movies.
the bedrooms & toilets were great. didn’t have shampoo, tooth brush/paste/shaver like hotels, but we were equipped so ok.
bedrooms were all huge & well lit.
kitchen was huge, but did not have any nespresso capsule for the machine. someone left some filter coffee so we had that couple times before we grabbed some nespresso capsules (cheaper than london. so in fact we bought like 25 tubes & got a intro gift capsule holder.
we left the apartment & grabbed a nata at the corner paradia portuguesa @Praça Luís de Camões.
nata was great, eggy not too sweet nice crispy, fluffy pastry, though later we had better ones at belem & also at tartine. 🙂
we walked down the street towards cois de sodre.
this the riberia area where we can take a ferry across to cucilhas.
we had been reading about cacilhas & cristo rei & ponto final restaurant. but the driver who fetched us from airport & robi gave a very different picture. to them, cacilhas was a by-the-way destination of no great consequence.
we went there still on our last day at lisbon, but it slipped down the list of must dos.
from cois de sodre, mercado timeout market was a very short walk. we had lots of great food adventure there. ^^