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So this is my second blog entry on Portuguese food. I'm calling it from Petiscos to Sobremesas (appetizers to desserts) because it pretty much covers everything other than meat and seafood, the topics of my prior Portuguese cuisine blog entry.
First of all, Portuguese really don’t have anything equivalent to tapas in their traditions. Yes, there are appetizers (called petiscos) including many things like fried fritters, cured pork products, and ...
... helmets but others had glass cabinets full of antique dolls and armies of toy soldiers, there were squadrons of model aeroplanes hanging from the ceiling in one room, an antique pool table in another. It was stuffed with paintings and chandeliers, old signs and books. Like us, people would wander in off the street and audibly gasp, then start taking pictures while a patient waiter tried to ask them what they would like to drink.
What a bewitching, captivating ...
... 8211; about 1400-1600 Portugal became the first global empire with the help of Vasco de Gama, Henry the Navigator, Magellan and other sailors who found the way to India by sea for the spice trade and all the way to Brazil. Ultimately they divided the world with Spain on the 45 degree longitude which is why Brazil speaks Portuguese and the rest of South America speaks Spanish. The Monarchy were deposed in 1910 with the assassinations of ...
... under a patio unbmrella.
My first impression is that the city needs a good cleaning! Lots
of garbage and graffiti, and several derelict and abandoned buildings. Things
are bit better in the touristy part, but it’s clear the resources and/or desire
to preserve and restore old buildings simply aren’t there. Mind you, rain always
makes a place look dreary – it seemed better later ...
... the 186 train at 15:47 to Lisbon. I was going to take a bus which would have been a bit cheaper but it would have been harder to get to the airport and would have cost more (not that I was in a hurry anyway).
The train was rather bumpy and took 2 hrs 48 mins & I arrived just after 18:30. Went for a walk through the main shopping centre, had something to eat and slowly made my way ...