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... Pasteis de Santa Clara, small tarts with sweet pastry and pumpkin filling. Coimbra also seemed to have lots of fruitcakes and fruitbreads, some with pumpkin puree in their batter for bright orange color, something I didn’t see elsewhere in the country. And in Alcobaca the signature sweet in Sagredo de Dom Pedro, a phyllo dough puff filled with thick apple egg puree.
The most famous Portuguese sweet is probably Pasteis de Nata (Cream Pastry), ...
... of us near the water, and eat a pasteis de nata - baked with eggs, sugar, and love.
Towards the end of our morning, the weather turned rainy, and we grabbed our backpacks and found a place for lunch. Naturally, we had seafood and wine, and Zach was brave enough to order in Portuguese. After lunch, we headed for the train station and hit the tracks towards Coimbra.
... floor of the tower was pretty spectacular.
We walk along the river to the Voyages of Discovery monument which was built in honor of Henry the Navigator in 1940. The original monument was demolished and an exact replica built in 1960. It is shaped like a ships prow and stands at the marina in Belem where many of the voyages began. There are over 30 statues of people who played an important role in the discoveries. The Age ...
... day when the sun came
out. At least the area where our hotel is doesn’t seem as dodgy now as it did
when we checked in!
Plate du jour: Octopus
Beverage du jour: Lovely bottle of Portuguese red with
Factoid du jour: Portugal’s principle industries are
fishing, tourism, cork and port. Metropolitan Lisbon’s population is about 3 million.
... Our next stop was the Monument to the Discoveries. It is located on the banks of the River Targus. It was built in 1960 to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator. The monument stands 170 feet high. It was built in memory of the mariners, royal patrons and all those who took part in the development of the Portuguese Age of Discovery. It is a very dramatic monument.
Our next stop was the ...