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A Lazy Day in Lisbon

sunny 25 °C
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" Twas the day after Sant Antonio, and all through the town
Not a creature was stirring, not even a ...... Sardine!"

Foodie moment

We ventured out to try the famous Custard tarts of Pasteis de Belem, still being made using the ancient, secret recipe of the Jeronimos Monks. With cinnamon and icing sugar to sprinkle on top, we were not disappointed!


We decided to stay in and try the advertised 'Hostel dinner'. For 10 Euros we were getting a starter, soup, main, desert and 3 drinks of our choice so it was a great deal... but you never know what the quality will be when cooking for a big group. Lucky for us the cook was a lovely Portuguese lady, who was a great cook!! Brie with honey on crackers, vegetable soup, chicken wrapped in ham and stuffed with pine nuts with rice and salad and a delicious chocolate brownie and ice cream for desert! So much food and so delicious!


Cultural moment

Today we got to see the after effects of the partying at the San Antonio festival. All the shops were shuttered, the streets deserted apart from men in fluro vests doing the clean up, not a soul to be seen who wasn't a tourist! Needless to say it was a public holiday, so shops being closed wasn't that big of a surprise, but it just shows that they party hard in Lisbon... and then are more than happy to take the next day as recovery snuggled up in bed (Financial crisis or not!!)

Wow moment

We took the tram to 2 sights just outside of Lisbon today. The Belem tower was a fortress built in 1515 on the river to protect the nearby palace. The spiral staircases took us to the top of the tower for some amazing views of the water and bridge.


We also visited the chapel of the Jerónimos Monastery. The most interesting aspect was the intricate carving on the columns, and the beautiful stained glass windows.


What we learnt today

Throughout our trip we have come across A LOT of Americans also backpacking. They are often quite young (19-22), and either travel in big groups or gravitate towards each other at hostels. And unfortunately these groups don't do much to help counteract any of the stereotypes of Americans we hold - they are loud, cannot drink without a drinking game being involved, say incredibly ignorant things and can have the tendency to be quite obnoxious. Now, don't get me wrong we have met many great Americans who are none of these stereotypes... but in big groups, all around Spain and Portugal, Americans are driving us nuts!!!

Posted by travellinglise 07:41 Archived in Portugal Tagged lisbon belem_tower jeroninimos_monastery yes!lisbon_hostel_dinner Comments (0)

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