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... the plan is to explore the sites a few miles west in the Belem district. Belem lies about 3 miles west of downtown Lisbon, and is the location of many important sites from Portugal's glory days as an imperial navigational power. Before setting off, we stopped again at Casa Brasileira for some breakfast pastries. While drinking our cafe con leche, the skies opened up for a very strong but thankfully quick downpour. We then made our way over to Placa da Figueira to ...
... are treated with a delicious Spanish delicacy. The Spanish call it a Pastais de belain. It is a cup of pastry made into a cup with thin layers upon layers and then filled with custard and then baked. Once it’s sprinkled with some cinnamon and the warm pastry goes down like a treat. I am an avid pastry lover and this does not disappoint. When we have finished with our pastry and after we get a group photo at the monument we head to our hostel. This place was amazing ...
... on this tower is the Moorish bartizan turrets on the corners of the tower. The Moors were the North African people that immigrated north to Portugal in Spain in the 1200s, I believe, and brought that influence with them.
In 1755, there was a huge earthquake that killed between 10,000-30,000 people out of the 200,000 living in Lisbon. The earthquake was a 9 on the Richter Scale and was felt in Spain as well. It virtually destroyed ...
... we headed for the main shopping centre called Colombo where we all did some clothes and shoe shopping. Seems like all the major brands are available here as in OZ but cheaper plus plenty of other cheaper brands. The average wage is lower so it seems prices match. As a general rule, if travelling overseas, it is probably best to leave shopping for the trip mainly to when get where you are going.
We had ...
... remainder of the time in Portugal we're going to eat local and stop trying to have a foodie experience--I think this is a smart move.
Tomorrow we drive to Fatima and on to Port. From there on Friday we'll go in search of the abandoned Farias castle.
We'll check in and give you an update on Friday evening (our time).
Have a great end of the week!