• Day145

    Lisbon, Portugal

    September 28, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We travelled from Morocco to Lisbon via two nights in Seville however I was sick with a tummy bug so didn’t do much here except spend the day in the hotel room! The bug hung around for a while but I was well enough to travel to Portugal and I wish we had longer than two nights in this beautiful country. We arrived early afternoon so Nana and I were able to explore the city and get a bit of shopping in which was highly unnecessary but lots of fun of course! The next day we had a city sightseeing tour with the bus which drove us around all the main sites including Belém where the famous Portuguese custard tarts are supposedly the best in the country. I wasn’t able to try one from the bakery that Belinda recommended however we were lucky enough to have our tour guide buy a box of them for everyone and they were bloody AMAZING!! So so delicious, freshly baked and full of goodness. The afternoon we spent exploring the golden triangle of Sintra, Cascais and Oeiras which was beautiful. The coastlines are never-ending and the little villages are cool places to stop and have a wander. That evening we went to a Fado singing song, the traditional style of Portuguese singing and it was really special to hear such incredible voices. We loved it so much that our bus ride on the way home was full of singing, to the point each country had to sing their national song - lucky for me, Nana and I were the only Kiwis on board and I knew she wasn’t going to sing acapella in front of 48 people (I never thought I would either) but I belted out “Tutira Mai” without a care in the world! This is definitely a trip full of firsts for me!! On our way out of Portugal we stopped in Fátima and explored the Catholic Church and I learnt all about the three children - Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta who sighted Fátima or the Virgin Mary in 1917. I had never heard about it before but all the oldies had so it was interesting to hear about it. Another great country full of lovely people, sunny coastlines, delicious food (those Bélem tarts are to die for) and beautiful language - I’ll be back for sure!Read more