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.
Architectural Buildings, Trams, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Art Museums, Specialty Museums
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Specialty & Gift Shops
Art Museums, Ballets, Concerts, Symphonies
Flea & Street Markets
Bars & Clubs
Yep, it’s an elevator in the middle of the street, and a lovely Neo-Gothic one at that. Lisbon is hilly, and with some help from Santa Justa, its historic center is a little more scenic and a lot easier on the feet to explore.
Don’t be put off by its rather plain-Jane exterior — what’s inside this 16th century convent cum museum is a feast for the eyes! Portugal is famous for its azulejos (blue tiles), and you can find out all about them here at this delightful attraction, which many visitors remember as a highlight of their time in Lisbon.
A marvelous feat of 18th century engineering, the 'Free Waters' Aqueduct (which no longer supplies the city with water) is made of more than 100 arches and spans a length of 36 miles. When they were constructed, the arches were the tallest in the world.
Not so much off the locals’ beaten path perhaps, but for some of the best non-touristic shopping, dining and nightlife in town, the neighborhood of Campo de Ourique can’t be beaten. Mercado is an excellent place to start your discovery of this fun and friendly part of town.
Home to the art collection of Armenian-British businessman Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian (considered to be among the world’s greatest private collectors), this small museum packs a big cultural punch for fans of just about any type of art. The collection’s main draw is its impressive array of antiquity pieces.
The 'Thief’s Market' has shaken its supposedly seedy past but still makes for fantastic shopping. Flea market fans: Do not pass up the opportunity to enjoy this fun open-air shopping experience in the historic neighborhood of Alfama.
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, decorated with antique cabinets filled with toys and collectables from World Wars I and II.