Getting lost in Lisbon isn’t as scary as it sounds. Lisbon is a city boasting rich architecture, pastel buildings and hidden gems around every corner. As a city famed for its street art, you can expect to find glorious paintings on the side of a shop as you would in a modern art museum, it keeps you on your toes, keeps your eyes constantly moving and gives you an experience you can only have in Lisbon.
You can make your search for street art a priority, or you can stumble across it as you go, the latter of which is what we opted for. You’d be surprised just how easily you’ll end up running into famous pieces of art when stumbling from attraction to attraction, or in my case, from pastel de nata to pastel de nata.
Here are some areas to check out:
Last November I spent two weeks travelling around North Eastern Europe, starting in Finland and finishing in Lithuania. Today’s post begins the coverage of the second city we visited, the capital of Estonia, Tallinn!
Tallinn is known for being extremely, extremely beautiful. It’s an absolute fairytale of a city, it’s picturesque, it doesn’t feel real, and it’s quite possibly my favourite city on the planet. However today we aren’t talking about that side of Tallinn, we’re focusing on Linnahall, an abandoned Olympic stadium located just a stones throw from the Old Town.
If you want to know how we got from Finland to Estonia, and all about Helsinki, you can go to my post 72 Hours in Helsinki.
Originally named V.I Lenin Palace of Culture and Sport, Linnahall was constructed for the 1980 Summer Olympic Games, hosted in the Soviet Union. Moscow had no suitable facility for the sailing, so the Gulf of Finland on which Tallinn sits was selected. This venue was constructed and became an iconic part of Tallinn.
In the years to come, it became a venue to host all kinds of events, concerts being one of them. Toto performed ‘Africa’ here, and honestly that’s enough to get me to visit anywhere on the planet. Thankfully the building wasn’t used for another purpose – war. Like many buildings in the Soviet Union, the building was constructed with invasion in mind, Linnahall was build to allow tanks to shoot out to sea incase the Finnish invaded.