Regarding Lisbon –
There are many small museums in Lisbon that are a treat including the
Tile Museum which is a bit out of town, in a convent, and very
beautiful. The tiles are on the walls, integral to the building.
They are centuries old. It’s called the museu Nacional do Azulejo.
The newest museum is the Fado museum, a tribute to Lisbon’s
traditional music. It’s definitely worth a visit because it is such
a wonderful small museum. Even if you have no interest in the
subject, I think you’ll find it fun and it’s right in the Alfama
where you’ll likely be going anyway.
I was just there in September.
There is not much left on the traditional jewelry streets, Rua do
Prato and Rua d’oro (spellings may be a bit off), the names mean
street of silver and street of gold. Thirty years ago they were
lined with shops selling traditional Portuguese filigree.
I recommend very highly the Lisbon travel guide called Eyewitness
Travel guides published by DK Publishing. It’s easy to carry –
small and light and packed with details, maps, and pix.