Given the temperate climate, I thought the fabric choices for many of the stores was baffling, with way too much polyester for my liking. I did buy 2 cotton tops from Zara (made in Portugal I might add). Wide palazzo pants and all-in-one jumpsuits were very popular with the locals (worn with a wide belt). Colour was abundant everywhere – a recurring theme in the stores was the bohemian/peasant look which wasn’t really my style and the more standard tee-shirt designs tended to come mainly in polyester so wasn’t keen to go there.
I did purchase a couple of pair of shoes from local store Eureka all designed and made predominantly in Portugal. You couldn’t find a stiletto or pointed high-heeled shoe anywhere, as with all the streets cobbled a wedge or flat shoe is compulsory footwear.
I would have to say the Police in Portugal have the best Police uniforms I have ever seen. Traditional dark blue fitted trousers and short-sleeved buttoned shirts with doc-martin type boots (fairly standard police attire I hear you say). However, what I think helped their cause was the fact they were all tanned, tall and had excellent physiques, not to mention very little understanding of English!! You may be wondering how I know this, well I got very lost while in Lisbon and spent some time in the Police Station waiting to be rescued.
The architecture, cathedrals and museums are well worth a visit. The beautiful mosaic lined streets and buildings make for such a pretty city. 4 days doesn’t do Lisbon justice so hopefully I can return some day.