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Trip Start Oct 01, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Hotel Borges Chiado Lisbon
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Portugal  , Estremadura,
Saturday, May 11, 2013

Barb and I departed Toronto to visit one of the oldest cities in the World: Lisbon. Lisbon's heritage runs deep into the 15th century, making it the oldest city in western europe. The city centre hosts 550,000 inhabitants, making it feel like a smaller town.

The city was extremely easy to navigate. We were able to use our Lisbon card to hop on and off Trams, buses and the occasional train. 

A favorite site was Jerónimos Monastery, build in 1459 by Henry the Navigator. The entire Monastery is made of hand craved stone and is breathtaking. Across the street is Belém Tower and the Discovery Monument.

Last, but not least is "Pastéis de Belém". During the 18th century, the catholic monks at Jeronimos Monastery invented this small piece of heaven. Their main source of income was egg whites. The Monks produced and sold eggs whites for starching cloths. Leaving behind a massive amount of egg yokes, and mouths to feed. This resulted in the discovery of the now famous Portuguese Tarts.
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