About Chris O
Lives in London
Since Aug 2007
Hi. I’m Chris, an American freelance creative living in London. I keep busy working as a blogger, photojournalist, community manager, consultant, curator and more. The opportunities and challenges keep getting bigger, better and more meaningful for me every year! I’m having so much fun. Favorite destinations are many and my list of must-see places to visit seems to get longer the more I travel! I’m a huge fan of Lisbon, Istanbul and Queenstown – to name but a few preferred repeat locations. I also love heading back to the States every chance I find and cannot get enough of the Deep South – Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas – and Hawaii holds a particularly special place in my heart as well. And even though I’ve been based in London for years, it and the whole of Britain still yield myriad wonders for me.
Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Lookouts, Mass Transportation Systems, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Bars & Clubs
For an indulgent and custardy taste of Lisbon (although technically you’ll be in the bordering town of Belem), start your day with a breakfast of Pasteis de Belem at this classic institution. There are arguably better 'natas' to be had around town, but this place is their traditional home.
Lavish does not begin to describe this UNESCO World Heritage Site. An over-the-top example of 'Late Gothic Manueline style' architecture, this 15th century monastery is a must-see attraction for any and all visiting Lisbon.
Commissioned by King Joao II to defend the mouth of the Tagus river and to serve as the ceremonial gateway to Lisbon, this ornate tower — which seems to hover just above the water — is an important symbol of Portugal’s rich maritime history, and an impressive reminder of its once expansive empire.
Who knew public transportation could be so evocative, or that a boxy little tram could navigate such tight and windy city streets? A ride on Lisbon’s iconic Tram 28 proves that the fun is indeed in the getting there.
This lively area of downtown Lisbon is a popular shopping and dining destination, featuring plenty of historic sights to admire. Among them, check out the Carmo Convent.
In operation since 1885, this funicular of 'glory' takes the legwork out of hoofing up to the Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara for its spectacular views.
Atop one of Lisbons’ seven hills, this picturesque garden setting offers a sweeping panoramic view of the city and particularly impressive views of the Castelo de Sao Jorge.
Definitely one of the quirkiest places you’ll ever have a cocktail, the Chinese Pavilion is a five-room bar housed in an old grocer and decorated with antique cabinets filled with toys and collectables from World Wars I and II.
This youthful neighborhood on high is home to some of Lisbon’s best nightlife and independent shops, and is an excellent area for a people-watching stroll, a quick snack or a full blown night out on the town.
Fado is the ancient melancholic balladry of Portugal, and the Alfama neighborhood is an excellent place to experience it performed live. Within this neighborhood, Sr. Fado de Alfama is considered one of the most authentic and inviting venues.
Explore this age-old quarter of Lisbon for live music, hearty meals, and a laid back nightlife.