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Belém Tower

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  • Apr5

    Belem, Lisbon

    April 5, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Bought a 24 hour public transport ticket to discover a further part of the city (but also we just cannot walk anymore). Belem tower, Jerónimos Monastery, and great view to the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge with small showers all day. We have tried the 'best pastel de nata in the world' (the queue was long but it was worth it) and later in the evening we had the best sandwich in our lives, bifana (warm pork meat in soak bread, yumi). Bairro Alto is the party district on the top of a hill (of course) with many great cheap pubs. We drunk, danced and made friends with some Bangladeshian guys who told us that we are made for each other, great last night in Lisbon!Read more

  • Mar28

    Belém's Incredible Monastery & Natas

    March 28, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Belém isn’t just known for the National Coach Museum. The 16th-century Tower of Belém and the sail-shaped Discoveries Monument are featured on almost every postcard. Also there is the immense Gothic Jerónimos Monastery, and the very popular Pastéis de Belém patisserie, famed for its custard tarts. We only have so much energy and there is just so much to see and do!

    We wandered over to the Jerónimos Monastery after seeing the coach museum and were really impressed by its grand size (100m long) and the carvings on the limestone walls. King Manuel (1495) erected it as a thank you for the discoveries made by early Portuguese explorers. He built the church near the site where a small chapel stood where sailors spent their night before their frightening voyages, praying.

    Portugal was a wealthy country in those days and and no expense was barred from creating this spectacular monastery. You have to see it to believe it.

    The monastery is the final resting ground of Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer who was the first European to sail to India. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site and was declared a National Monument in 1907.

    Now the time came to have a coffee and a great and we were in the right place!

    Everyone who visits Portugal learns about and eats the famous pasteis de nata, but to sink your teeth into the real deal, made using the original 187-year-old recipe, you need to stop in at a cafe called Pasteis de Belém. And guess what? It is practically next door to the monastery.

    The first owners of this well-known pastry shop (which was a sugar refinery at that time) purchased the recipe in the 1830s from the monks of the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery), who first sold the pastries as a way to raise money. Flaky on the outside and creamy on the inside, they are delicious pastries, and it didn’t take long for the Pasteis de Belém to become one of the most popular pastry shops in Lisbon. The lineups tell it all.

    We were able to see where they make the 20,000 or so tarts a day and what a sight. Donna, Karen and Rob, and members of our family would be drooling. We just sat down at a table, sprinkled the hot tarts with cinnamon and powdered sugar and ate them with a cafe com leite (coffee with milk). Yum.

    Now we had to face our 40 minute tram ride home with a trolley full of students and tourists - it was like being in a can of Portuguese sardines! Wow!
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  • Day30

    Banksy - Genius or Vandal?

    October 3, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    The Banksy exhibition was great. It was informative, thought provoking, entertaining and interactive. One of the best art exhibits I have been to of late. They had a great commentary and used a range of media to present his work. So glad we got to see it.Read more

  • Day5

    Entlang des Rio Tejo

    October 4, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Nachdem wir gut ausgeschlafen und gefrühstückt hatten, ging es los auf unsere letzte Sightseeingtour. Für heute hatten wir zwar nicht so viele Ziele, diese lagen dafür umso weiter auseinander. Unsere ersten Ziele waren das Padrão dos Descobrimentos und der Torre de Belém. Hierfür mussten wir von unserer Wohnung ca. 6 Kilometer entlang des Rio Tejo laufen. Zum Glück war es heute Vormittags und mittags bewölkt und somit nicht so unerträglich heiß. Der Weg war gut zu bewältigen und ging, da es eben an der Uferprommenade nicht andauernd bergauf und bergab ging. Vor allem unter der Ponte durchzugehen und in der Folge davon Fotos von der anderen Seite zu machen, war eine spannende Sache.Read more

  • Day51

    Tuesday 4 Future in Lissabon

    December 3, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    War gerade auf dem Rückweg von Nazare Richtung Algarve, da kam im Radio, dass Greta Thunberg von Chile kommend, nicht wie angekündigt um 8 Uhr im Hafen von Lissabon anlandet, sondern wegen ablandigem Wind später. Bin so gegen 10 im Hafenviertel angekommen und mußte dann bis 12 Uhr warten, bis der Katamaran einlief. Das Spektakel hab ich mir dann angeschaut. Es war jede Menge Presse und Fernsehen sowie Aktivisten von Friday 4 Future und viele Schaulustige da. Bin anschließend auf die Südseite von Lissabon nach Almada gefahren, wo ich mir die Christo - Rei Statue angeschaut habe. Von dort hat man einen schönen Blick auf das nördliche Lissabon mit der Brücke über den Tao und der Altstadt.Read more

  • Day47

    Day 47d. Lisbon, Portugal

    September 20, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    The Jardin de Belem contains monuments in front of the Presidents Palace known as Palacio Nacional de Belem which is expansive and remarkably pink
    But our destination was The Monsteiro Jeronimos, the magnificent Cathedral that houses the tomb of Vasco da Gama the famous navigator who found the way to the Spice Islands (Indonesia) .Read more

  • Day5

    Lisbon Day Trip

    April 5, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Today's trip is to Lisbon. It's closer than Seville, only 97 miles away. The city is over two thousand years old. Romans lived beside the river. Became the capital city in 1255, making it the oldest capital city in the world.
    We crossed the 25th April Bridge. It celebrates the ending of the dictatorship in 1974. The lower section of the bridge is for trains. It is similar in drsign to the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco
    There is a statue of Christ here similar to the one in Rio de Janeiro but smaller.
    The Monument Of Discovery was built in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the navigator
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Belém, Belem, Torre de Belém, Belém Tower, Belémin torni, Tour de Belém, Belém torony, Betlehemsturninn, Tuerm vu Belém, 贝伦塔

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