Lisbon

15t November – 19th November

The morning fog over the river in Lisbon.
The morning fog over the river in Lisbon.

Lisbon was the next stop, where we did a LOT of eating.  The bakeries were loaded with amazing pastries and local specialities.  The coconut buns were incredible, and needless to say, the Pastel de Nata’s (Portuguese tarts) delicious.    

Whether it was eating at Le Moustache Smokery, the restaurant of a former Portuguese Masterchef contestant,  or the local restaurant two doors down from where we were staying.. the food was wonderful.

We made our way around the main sights, had a trip on the old trolley (tram) and got offered to buy drugs so many times it became boring.  Further along the river we found Belem, home to an old tower, the Cultural Centre of Belem (housing modern and contemporary art) and Pasteis de Belem; a cafe/bakery that has the best Pastel de Nata’s I have ever had.  Now I generally am not a huge fan of this type of pastry, but they were incredible with their crunchy, flaky pastry and still warm-from-the-oven filling.

The Mercado da Ribeira. This central food market in Lisbon features a large foodhall/dining area. A great place to sample some food or grab a drink.
The Mercado da Ribeira. This central food market in Lisbon features a large foodhall/dining area. A great place to sample some food or grab a drink.
Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo. This is often regarded as the most photographed street in Lisbon, with its funicular and steep narrow stairs looking out to the river.
Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo. This is often regarded as the most photographed street in Lisbon, with its funicular and steep narrow stairs looking out to the river.
View over the rooftops of the Alfama district of Lisbon
The rooftops of the Alfama district of Lisbon
The view out over the centre of Lisbon from Jardim de Sao Pedro de Alcantara.
The view out over the centre of Lisbon from Jardim de Sao Pedro de Alcantara.
Cerveteca Lisboa. This was Lisbon's best (and possibly only) craft beer bar. So of course we did visit this place.. more than once.
Cerveteca Lisboa. This was Lisbon’s best (and possibly only) craft beer bar. So of course we did visit this place.. more than once.
We caught the train along the coastline to Cascais one afternoon. The low afternoon sun over the water was lovely.
We caught the train along the coastline to Cascais one afternoon. The low afternoon sun over the water was lovely.

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