I have previously written about Lisbon, but I just have to add something about the lovely people we encountered when we were there recently. I have to be honest: I felt embarrassed and ashamed that the United Kingdom had voted to come out of the European Union and I was worried that I might encounter hostility. Quite the reverse. Everybody we met was absolutely charming, helpful, courteous and friendly to a degree that I have not come across elsewhere.
There was the girl in El Corte Ingles who went out of her way to give us a discount on our purchases and who advised us on places that we ought to visit during our stay – we visited magical Sintra as she suggested; there was the woman in the metro who helped us to navigate the complicated ticket machines, and when our money was swallowed up took us to the help desk where we were able to purchase our tickets from a friendly, cheerful attendant. There was the waitress in the restaurant who embraced us when we met her in the street after our visit to the hotel; there was the waiter who helped us to choose the best port and told us that Britain was Portugal’s oldest ally. I mustn’t forget the woman who helped us to find our way by using Google Maps, and when she wasn’t able to locate our hotel went into a shop to ask them to help us. There were many others who went out of our way to help us.
So I need not have worried. Entente Cordiale was alive and well in Lisbon.